Many of us have wrinkles around our eyes that we see worsen over the years as our faces age. Botox can be a great way to reduce these wrinkles and even help prevent more from forming, but only if it is used early and consistently. Botox injections are a quick, effective procedure that can provide excellent results very quickly.
How do wrinkles form around the eyes?
There are 2 types of wrinkles that form on our faces. Static wrinkles are deep, fixed wrinkles that are present regardless of how our faces move. These wrinkles are visible even when we are not emoting with our face. The lines form because of years of muscle contraction essentially creases the skin. These wrinkles are commonly in areas such as the nasolabial fold – the line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, become visible when we move our faces. Think of the common wrinkles such as frown lines between our brows, or smile lines at the outside corners of our eyes. These lines are visible because as the muscles under our skin contract to create facial movements, the overlying skin folds, giving us the wrinkles.
I’m worried about a “frozen face” after Botox! Is that a risk?
Botox injections are usually targeted to certain problem areas. When Dr. Dewan injects Botox, he uses the finest needle possible, both to decrease pain, but also to place the Botox into only the muscles needed to achieve the best results. By targeting only the appropriate muscles and areas, you will have natural results with normal facial expression afterwards.
Is it painful to get Botox? What is the recovery like?
Dr. Dewan uses a very fine needle to inject Botox around your eyes. The patient experience is that of a small needle pinch lasting only 1-2 seconds. Patients generally describe the procedure as painless. Patients also have essentially no recovery. The areas that are injection might show small amounts of swelling or a touch of blood for up to an hour. No pain medicines or after-care are necessary.
I’ve heard Botox is temporary. How long does it last?
The effectiveness of Botox works on a curve. It usually takes 3-7 days after your injections for the effect of Botox to begin. After 1-2 weeks, the Botox has reached its maximum effect, which then lasts for 3-4 months. At that time, if you were happy with the results, you can repeat your Botox injections.
What is the cost of Botox?
The cost of Botox injections varies depending upon how much will be necessary for your treatment. Botox is sold by the “unit,” and Dr. Dewan will recommend the number of units necessary to achieve your desired effect during your consultation. You are only charged for the amount used, not the cost of the entire vial of Botox.
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