Understanding How Botox® Works for Cosmetic Treatments

Botox® has become extremely popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it was the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure in 2018.

At Rick J. Smith, MD, our plastic surgeon Dr. Rick Smith and our team of licensed estheticians and nurses offer aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures at our office in East Lansing, Michigan.

Botox for cosmetic treatments

Although Botox also has several medical applications for everything from excessive sweating to urinary incontinence, it’s most commonly used for cosmetic purposes like fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox injections work by temporarily restricting movement in the muscles that control the most common facial expressions like smiling and frowning. In addition to smile and frown lines, it also includes the lines and wrinkles that form around your eyes and on your forehead (“crow’s feet” and “bunny lines”). 

Botox is injected directly into the muscle where it temporarily blocks the chemical signals that control muscle contractions. The theory is that fewer muscle contractions will make lines and wrinkles less pronounced. You’ll still be able to smile and communicate as you normally would, but your skin will have a tighter and smoother appearance. 

How long does Botox treatment last?

The effects of a Botox injection usually last a few months. Some people may need more injections depending on the target area and personal aesthetic goals. 

When is the best time to get Botox?

It really depends and varies from person to person. Everyone ages at a different rate. While many people begin getting Botox injections in their 30s (when the first signs of aging typically start to appear), it can be earlier or later depending on the individual. Botox is approved for ages 18 and up. Many people use it as a preventive treatment before fine lines and wrinkles become too pronounced. 

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to only get Botox from a licensed and experienced medical professional, like those on our team. At your consultation, our team will make recommendations to help you get the best results.

Also, remember that many factors go into maintaining a healthy, youthful complexion. Along with cosmetic treatments like Botox, a good skincare routine, protecting your skin from sun damage, and a healthy diet and lifestyle are also essential to looking and feeling your best.

For more information about Botox and other cosmetic treatments available at Rick J. Smith, MD, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in East Lansing, Michigan, or request an appointment online.

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