Botox treatments are the most commonly performed, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the world. Plastic surgery Miami specialist, Dr. Jeremy White, offers Botox, as an option to facelifts, as a beneficial way to help patients reduce the effects of aging and get the younger-looking, wrinkle-free skin they desire.
Botox is a trade name for Botulinum toxin A, which comes in the form of a purified protein. Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. It is injected into the facial muscles and, within a few hours, it attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting nerve transmission.
That may sound scary, but there is no loss of sensory feeling at all during the time that Botulinum toxin A is effective. Once these motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscles cannot contract. The only reason there are wrinkles in the skin in the first place is because the muscle is moving underneath it; thereby blocking muscle contraction is the most beneficial way to lessen or remove wrinkles. When muscles, especially those around the eyes and in the forehead, can no longer contract, wrinkles will relax and soften, resulting in smoother, softer, and more youthful-looking skin. Botox works best for people looking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, as well as crow’s feet and puffy eyes.
Approximately three to ten days after treatment, the skin above these muscles will start to smooth. The effects of Botox are generally long-lasting, remaining approximately anywhere from three to six months depending on various factors including the amount injected, metabolic activity of the patient, and lifestyle choices. Visible results have been shown to last most often around four months.
It’s a simple non-surgical, 10-minute procedure with little to no downtime and almost no bruising after injections! It usually takes five to seven days to begin seeing a cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last around four months. Most patients will require additional treatments of Botox to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection, wrinkles will return less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
In addition to cosmetic purposes, Botox can be used in small doses to treat health problems including blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking; strabismus, misaligned eyes; and cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions.
Botox is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set into the skin, such as wrinkles that appear when moving the face, such as when smiling or frowning. Over time the brow may drop or lower; Botox treatments can lift the brow making the face look less tired, giving the face a more youthful appearance.
With real, noticeable results, no surgery and little to no recovery time, there are many reasons why Botox has been chosen by millions of women and their doctors. Botox treatments can help patients to achieve a healthy, more youthful and refreshed appearance that will complement the face and increase confidence and quality of life.
Also at the cosmetic surgery Miami center, Dysport and Xeomin are offered as other options to the Botox injections. (The procedures for Dysport and Xeomin are similar and have much the same effects as Botox.) At the ARC Plastic Surgery Miami location, Dr. Jeremy White will work with his patients to find the perfect solution to meet their individual cosmetic needs.