What Is Botox? 5 Things To Know About the Anti-Aging Remedy

If you’ve been down the cosmetics aisle lately, you’ve encountered plenty of anti-aging products that promise to work wonders for your skin. But how many make good on that promise? If you want something that’s tried and true, there’s one thing that’s backed by science and decades’ worth of happy users: Botox.dermal fillers 

Botox is a protein that interrupts the contraction of facial muscles so you show fewer signs of aging. It works faster than over-the-counter solutions, doesn’t require daily use, and fights signs of aging at its source. Botox lasts 3 – 4 months and becomes more effective the longer you use it. You’ll need to practice good aftercare to reap the full benefits. Talk to your dentist about Botox and get started on your skincare journey.

1. What Is Botox?

Botox is a revolutionary advancement in anti-aging skincare. Derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, it aids in the fight against:

  • Facial wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Crow’s feet

Botox originates from the same source as botulism. However, it has many beneficial properties when administered in small amounts. Our dental team and other healthcare professionals have been trained in the use of Botox injections to treat the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Botox cosmetic treatments work by interrupting the contracting of your facial muscles. Usually, the muscles in your face contract when certain messenger chemicals are sent, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox treatments interrupt this process, resulting in more relaxed muscles that show fewer signs of aging. 

Do you want to learn more about Botox? Dr. Wes highlights the difference it can make in Botox: Your Questions Answered.

2. Botox Is Better Than Department Store Options

Although it’s been approved by the Food and Drug Association (FDA), deciding to try Botox for the first time can be a big decision. There are tons of anti-aging creams and other solutions out there, but Botox stands apart from other anti-aging options by: 

  • Offering fast-acting results
  • Treating signs of aging at their source
  • Being low-maintenance

Botox delivers fast-acting results much sooner than many of the creams and serums from the department store. You can expect to see results in as little as three days after treatment. It should take about two weeks for treatment to take full effect.

Most topical anti-aging solutions only treat signs of aging at the surface of your skin. Botox, on the other hand, treats signs of aging at their source by working on the muscular level. Once you receive Botox treatment, it immediately goes to work to relax your muscles and smooth your skin.

This also makes Botox much more low-maintenance than creams, serums, and lotions. Not only are they expensive, but they require becoming part of your daily routine, which can be time-consuming. Botox is a smart solution that doesn’t require more of your precious time. 

We know you may still be on the fence. To help, our team has tips on How to Decide If Botox Is Right for You. They can help you learn more about why Botox may be the right choice.

3. Botox Is Long-Lasting

Botox has plenty of advantages when compared to over-the-counter options for fighting the signs of aging. You now know that it takes effect more quickly, fights signs of aging at its source, and requires a lot less upkeep than other options. But one of the biggest benefits of Botox is how long it lasts.

Injections of botulinum toxin last an average of 3 – 4 months. This means that you’ll spend a lot less time rubbing creams and lotions into your skin and more time enjoying your vibrant look. Not only that, but treatments actually become more effective with time. Dr. Mullins explains in our blog, How Long Does Botox Last?:

The active ingredient in Botox takes effect after 3-5 days and reaches its optimal effectiveness in 2 weeks. After that point, the face remains bright and healthy looking for many months. Plus, Botox treatments become more effective and last longer with each treatment, and they may prevent wrinkles from becoming worse over the years.

An added bonus of Botox is how long your treatment session actually takes. Sessions usually take around an hour, which makes them perfect if you have a hectic schedule. You can schedule your treatment for your lunch and return to work without anyone else being the wiser.

4. Practice Good Botox Aftercare

Botox is FDA-approved to be a safe and effective method for fighting fine lines and wrinkles. While it’s as safe as any other form of prescription medicine, you’ll want to follow your doctor’s medical advice in order to avoid any unwanted side effects of Botox. For the best results, make sure that you:

  • Move your face
  • Avoid applying pressure 
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Limit your alcohol and blood thinners

Move your face within the first hour after treatment to help the treatment settle within your facial muscles. Smile, raise your eyebrows, and perform other facial movements for the best results. Avoid applying pressure by not sleeping on your face, rubbing your face, or wearing hats or headbands for the first 24 hours after treatment.

Keep your blood pressure low by avoiding strenuous activity for at least three hours after treatment. This, along with lying down and being in hot environments such as saunas, can result in bruising and swelling. Also be sure to limit alcohol and blood thinners. Ask your doctor about OTCs that will provide relief without thinning your blood.

Want to learn more about self-care following Botox treatment? Check out our blog Botox Aftercare: Everything You Need to Know for more details. 

5. Receive Your Botox Treatments From a Dentist

One of the biggest questions you may have about Botox is where to get it. One surprising answer is from your dentist. After all, who better to treat signs of aging in your face than someone who specializes in your mouth, face, and neck?

Multiple members of our staff are trained in administering Botox. Julie is our very own Botox Champion. She carries a wealth of knowledge not only as a medical professional, but someone who actually uses Botox.

As she puts it:

I am now a believer in Botox and Juvéderm [another dermal filler like Botox] because I see what they do for my skin, fine lines, and wrinkles, and how they make me feel. We all do things to make ourselves feel better, like improving our diets, exercising, using hair dye, and applying makeup. How are Botox and Juvéderm any different?

To learn even more about why a dental office is a great place to get Botox, download our free PDF.

To summarize, Botox works by interrupting the process that reveals the signs of aging. It is much more effective and works faster than department store options. Botox takes about two weeks to reach full effect and lasts for 3 – 4 months. Practicing good aftercare makes treatments more effective and avoids problems such as bruising. Dentists are perfect for administering Botox since they are already knowledgeable about facial muscles.

Do you want to get started on your age-fighting journey? Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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