What is Botox?
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a nonsurgical injectable that works by temporarily reducing the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas include forehead creases, crow’s feet, and lines between the eyebrows (the 11s). Botox relaxes the facial muscles that contract when we create expressions, smoothing out wrinkles and lines.
Who is a Candidate for Botox?
A candidate for Botox will have fine lines or wrinkles that have resulted from expressions such as frowning, squinting and furrowing brows. However, patients that are also looking for preventative measures may also be candidates. This can be done by preventing the movements that cause the lines and wrinkles over time.
After an initial consultation to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals, the area that you are looking to have treated will be marked for injection. Each injections site will be marked and injected using a very fine needle that causes little to no discomfort. The approved areas for treatment include the forehead, brow area and crow’s feet (outer corners of the eyes).
For Botox, there is little to no recovery involved. Patients may experience some redness or a slight bump at the injection site after treatment. In most cases, these side effects will disappear after a short period of time after the procedure is complete. It is recommended that patients who have had injections do not rub or apply pressure to the area for the remainder of the day and avoid laying down within 3-4 hours post-treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox treatments, contact Dr. Fichadia’s Office today to schedule a consultation.