In the early 19th century, a German physician named Justinus Kerner discovered Botulinum Toxin. At the time of his discovery, he predicted the toxin might be used therapeutically to treat several chronic conditions. Little did he know how right he was! Botox injections continue to be one of the most popular minimally-invasive medical procedures.
The primary use of the injections is to reverse signs of aging in the face. Both men and women use Botox for treatments. Botox is a safe and proven method for those in search of anti-aging or cosmetic facial procedures.
How Does Botox Work?
The primary agent in Botox is Botulinum Toxin. Botulinum Toxin is made by different companies and therefore has different trade names such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. It is a protein that acts as a local paralytic when used therapeutically. During a procedure, a patient is injected with Botox to target lines and wrinkles in the face that are caused by muscle movement. Once administered, Botox relaxes the facial muscles that cause unsightly facial lines and wrinkles. It is important to note that only a trained medical professional should administer Botox injections to minimize the possibility of undesired effects.
How Long Is Botox Effective?
As we’ve already discussed, Botox targets facial nerves and blocks their ability to cause lines and wrinkles on your face. The effects of Botox treatment are not permanent. In time, the effects wear off, and additional sessions are needed.
Typically, Botox injections will work for three to four months before additional treatments are necessary. The duration of your Botox treatment is dependent upon the amount of Botox used in your injections.
When Should You Contact Your Doctor?
As the effects of the Botox fade, your wrinkles will return, and your facial lines will become more pronounced. At that point, you may want to contact Wilson Dermatology to schedule an appointment to receive additional injections.
It is important to note that each individual responds differently to the treatments. It is possible that over time, your face may begin to train itself to contract less, thus delaying the reappearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Therefore, a Botox treatment may last longer than the typical 3 to 4 months.
It is important to discuss your Botox injection regimen with your provider. A board-certified medical professional will determine the best course of action for your treatment.
At Wilson Dermatology & Skin Care, our expert staff will take the time to discuss your unique needs. After a thorough review and examination, we will tailor a solution that will exceed your expectations. For more information about cosmetic procedures we offer, please contact us today!