Over time our skin begins to change. When we are younger, our skin has a more elastic quality to it that allows it to remain full and so when we frown, smile, laugh or cry, the lines that appear are only temporary. As we age, however, the elasticity of our skin cells begins to change. It is a combination of factors: sun damage, nutrition, exposure to free radicals that affect the collagen in the cellular tissue that creates these different changes. So then when we laugh, cry, smile or frown, the lines that once were temporary seem to stay longer. They form “frown lines” between the eyes or around the forehead. “Laugh lines” may form around the mouth and eyes. “Crow’s feet” at the edges of the eyes begin to appear.
Botox Cosmetic is a serum that is injected under the skin’s surface around the site of the wrinkles or frown lines. The serum that is injected temporarily deadens the nerves that surround the muscles that activate the tissue around the mouth, forehead and eyes. The temporary numbing stops the contraction of the nerves to the areas that are injected, which slackens the skin.
The effects of the injection usually last on average 3 - 6 months. It has been shown that additional injections are not harmful to most people. Additional treatments can be repeated as needed with the consultation of the medical staff connected with the Cosmetic Botox treatments.
Some of the possible side effects of Botox treatments include: headache, dry mouth or irritation at the injection site. These are not common, but it is good to know your body and discuss this with the professionals that you will be doing the treatments with. They will be able to give you additional information to specific questions you might have regarding these side effects.
It is helpful to know the post treatment care of Botox treatments before you begin. The medical staff will advise you to stay upright either standing or seated for 4 hours directly after the injections are completed. You will also be instructed not to do any leaning forward for that period of time. The idea is to make sure the injected serum stays in the injection site. Leaning forward or reclining to lay down causes the force of gravity to pull on the sites where the injections were given. You will also be told to refrain from physical exercise for at least 24 hours after the treatment is given. You may also me instructed not massage the site of the injections. Massaging the injection sites can alter the effectiveness of the treatment.
There are no guarantees with this treatment. Each individual is different and may have responses to the treatments. Do your homework, ask lots of questions, make sure you feel comfortable with the professionals doing your treatments so that if you do have follow-up questions, you feel like you can call with concerns you may want to address.