What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which can be injected into the face to reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Other similar products are available with brand names including Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau. Originally used by ophthalmologists to manage uncontrollable blinking and spasming of the eye and surrounding area, botulinum toxin type A temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles into which it’s injected. When a muscle can’t contract, the skin over it eventually smooths out. This process is often referred to as neuromodulation.
How neuromodulators work
Botox and others have different properties that suit different needs and goals; your doctor will talk with you about which is right for you. Whichever you choose, the treatment with Botox takes less than 15 minutes. Pain is minimal, and your doctor will discuss pain relief techniques with you at the time of your visit. The effects of the treatment are generally noticeable as soon as 24 hours, sometimes taking up to 10 to 14 days for full effect.
Your doctor uses a very thin needle to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin type A into specific muscles, targeting them carefully to relax your wrinkles while preserving your natural facial expressions. The number of injections you need will depend on your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Crows feet, for example, usually need two to three injections, while furrows above your brow could take five or more.
Which areas of the face are best for neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators can be used to reduce the appearance of the following:
- Boxy or squared jaw
- Bunny lines around the nose
- Crows feet at the corners of your eyes
- Furrows in the forehead
- Gummy smile
- Lines around the mouth and chin
- Pebbled chin
- Vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows
How soon will you see results with neuromodulators?
You’ll see results in 24 to 48 hours and may notice continued improvement over the next few weeks. The injections last three to four months; you’ll have the best results if you schedule regular re-injections before the effects fully wear off.