Fine lines and wrinkles become more and more of an inevitability as you grow older. Unfortunately, many people begin to develop these signs of aging even earlier in their lives than they expect. This is because wrinkles aren’t just caused by the passage of time — they can also be the result of repeated facial expressions. BOTOX® can resolve these features and help you look and feel your best without the need for surgery or downtime.
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What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments available today. This injectable has been approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries around the world and has been the subject of 417 peer-reviewed articles and studies. Since its FDA approval in 2002, over 10 million vials of BOTOX® have been sold in the U.S. alone.
BOTOX® has enjoyed such a wide-ranging popularity because it is a product that delivers both consistent and effective results. It can be used to soften the appearance of a wide range of fine lines and wrinkles, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Chin dimpling
How it Works
While the development of wrinkles is complicated and caused by a variety of different factors, one of the most common causes of these lines is facial movement. While facial expressions are a normal part of everyday interactions, these repeated muscle movements can lead to wrinkling around the eyes, forehead, brows, and mouth.
BOTOX® works by targeting these underlying muscle contractions using small amounts of botulinum toxin. Once injected into the muscles, this substance temporarily relaxes them, allowing the wrinkles above them time to soften.
What to Expect from Treatment
While BOTOX® injections are never entirely comfortable or easy to undergo, each injection period typically lasts no more than 20 minutes. Significant results manifest themselves within two days of treatment, and usually last for about four full months. After this amount of time, additional injections will need to be undergone to maintain any positive improvements.
BOTOX® features virtually no downtime or recovery period. While side effects like rashes, itching, neck or back pain, muscle stiffness, swelling, and bruising are possible, these usually subside within a few days of treatment.
If you’re looking for a place to undergo BOTOX® injections in the Lynchburg and Hardy, Virginia areas, we can help! We now also offer injectables at Aesthetics by RidgeView Dermatology, our new practice in Forest, Virgina. Contact Aesthetics by RidgeView Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment. During this appointment, we’ll take into account both your cosmetic goals and current state of health to help decide if BOTOX® is right for you.