BOTOX® is most famously known for helping people reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. For the past few years, millions of individuals have turned to BOTOX® to help them treat things like crow’s feet. In fact, it is estimated that during the 2013 calendar year in excess of 6 million BOTOX® treatments were performed in the United States alone. This statistic is according to information provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® is designed to relax the facial muscles. For more than a decade, the FDA has approved the use of the purified form of the clostridium botulinum bacterium in treating frown lines and the wrinkles that develop between the eyes and above the nose. Recently, more plastic surgeons have used BOTOX® to make the lines that appear around the mouth and the lines that become apparent on the faces of individuals who smoke disappear.
Liquid Facelift with BOTOX®
When used by a trained professional, injections of BOTOX® can do more than just remove wrinkles. They can actually give a person a non-surgical, liquid facelift and can help restore a youthful contour to the face. Over time, gravity and the muscles that are designed to pull down on the face, also known as depressors, begin to take a toll on a person’s appearance. Their face begins to sag, and their face begins to show the telltale signs of aging.
BOTOX® is used to relax the depressor muscles, giving the levator muscles, or the muscles that pull up on the face, the opportunity to give the face a little gentle lift. Getting a liquid facelift allows you to reap some of the benefits of a traditional facelift without the invasive surgery or recovery time.
A History of BOTOX® Use
BOTOX® has been used for some time to help individuals who had spasms or twitching around their eyes. It has also been used to help people who have excruciating headaches because of debilitating muscle spasms. When BOTOX® is used for these procedures it is applied in a highly concentrated dose.
However, when BOTOX® is used in a cosmetic application, it is diluted with saline. The purpose of the dilution is to minimize BOTOX®’s affect and to allow a patient to receive a more subtle and targeted treatment.
In order for BOTOX® treatment to be effective, the physician administering it must understand its use and which muscles to apply it to. For this reason, the outcome of a BOTOX® treatment will vary depending on the experience level of the physician who is administering it.
No Recovery Time
One of the nice things about receiving BOTOX® treatment is that there is no recovery time. BOTOX® is administered with a very fine needle. This means that in many cases the physician does not even need to apply anesthesia prior to giving the treatment. Within just a few days of receiving treatment, patients begin to experience drastic improvements in their facial lines and in the contour of their face.
BOTOX® treatments are not permanent. Patients can expect to require maintenance treatments every 3 to 5 months depending on the technique used by the physician who applied the treatments.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of a liquid facelift with BOTOX®, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa in Naperville can help. We offer different procedures to help you get the results you want. Our medical team, led by Dr. John Bull, will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for your needs. Contact The John Bull Center today to schedule your consultation.