One of the downsides of aging is finding yourself faced with fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. You may not feel old inside, but your skin might be telling a different story. Botox®, a well-established treatment for wrinkles, can enhance your appearance without invasive surgery or significant downtime. If you're considering injections to fight the first signs of aging, talk to the specialist team at All You Medical Spa in Mountain View, California. The staff includes experienced clinicians who offer a variety of cosmetic procedures to meet your needs. Call today or book your appointment online.
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a substance produced by the same bacteria that causes botulism, an illness that attacks the body’s nerves. Although toxic in its natural state, purification removes the harmful elements from the botulinum toxin, leaving an injectable treatment that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
When injected into your face, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles. It blocks chemical signals from the nerves that contract these muscles, which softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as the facial muscles relax.
Botox can be used to smooth:
It's most effective when used in the earlier stages as lines are first forming because the treatments prevent you from making the repetitive movements that cause permanent wrinkling. Botox is most effective in people under 65, but older clients still benefit from having Botox treatments.
Before receiving treatment, your All You Medical Spa clinician takes a complete medical history and explains the procedure in detail. Once cleared, your clinician injects tiny quantities of Botox into the affected areas of your skin with a fine needle. The process typically takes less than half an hour, though the time taken and number of injections needed depends on the size of the area and extent of the wrinkling.
You should start to notice the effects of the Botox injections within a few days, and these should last for several months. You'll need to have regular treatments around four times a year to continue seeing benefits.
Botox is an FDA-approved drug that has undergone extensive testing and trials to assure its safety. In addition to its aesthetic value, Botox has been used for decades to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as overactive bladder and chronic migraine. In line with the recommendations for most medications, you should avoid Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Botox causes few side effects. If you discontinue use, your skin returns to how it appeared before the injections. The biggest risk lies in the administration of the therapy, so you should always seek treatment from trained professionals, like the certified staff at All You Medical Spa. Call the spa today or use the website to book an appointment online.