Are you thinking about trying to reduce your wrinkles? Botox is just one way to address this issue. It is a safe and effective treatment that has been used for decades across the world. It is best used on places where the wrinkles are caused by muscle contraction. In other words, the wrinkles that appear when we smile or raise our eyebrows. While Botox is typically thought of as a treatment for cosmetic issues, it can also be used to treat eyelid spasms, eye muscle disorders, and other similar musculofascial conditions. Botox can reduce the frequency of muscle spasms and even help to realign eyes that are slight unfocused.
Dr. Charles Kent, MD helps patients at Everett & Hurite look younger, less worn and less tired out with his masterful application of Botox® and cosmetic fillers. It can be used in many different parts of the face, but is not generally used to reduce wrinkles around the lips or the cheeks. This could result in difficulty with regular activities such as drinking from a straw or applying lip balm. If you are looking to reduce or eliminate the appearance of lines, wrinkles and creases that can make you look much older than you feel, call or schedule an appointment today. Dr Kent practices in the offices at Pittsburgh, Cranberry Township, Greensburg, Monroeville, and Rostraver in PA, as well as in Steubenville, OH.
Botox® is an FDA-approved neuromuscular agent injected into the body to treat dynamic wrinkles and creases caused due to repeated facial movements over time. Consisting of an extremely purified botulinum toxin protein base, Botox can be used to treat mild, moderate and even severe wrinkles. You may notice the dynamic wrinkles as the tiny lines at the corners of your eyes (also known as crow's feet), or the lines between your the forehead lines and the brows. Botox® injections block the nerve signals of certain facial muscles, which sends sensory signals to your brain, and as a result, the brain does not send any synaptic signal to your facial muscle to contract when you smile or make other expressions. Since the muscles are not contracting, wrinkles does not form.
Also known as dermal fillers or just fillers, cosmetic fillers are injectable products that restores lost volume and fill in the static wrinkles, which could be due to the aging process or the sun or other environmental damage. These fillers provide instant volume increase in the depressed areas and it would also stimulate the production of natural collagen, which is a principal component of the skin to make it more resilient and firm. When injected into an area of skin, the gel helps to add some volume to sagging tissues, lifting sagging skin. As age increases, the capacity of your skin to produce collagen decreases, so these fillers will come in handy to help increase the production of collagen thereby prolonging the initial treatment. Both Botox® and fillers can be used together. Many people choose to use both Botox® and fillers to create the same effects as a facelift without the long downtime and excessive costs. But like Botox however, these injections will not have a permanent effect.
The longevity of the treatment depends upon the patient. Since every individual is unique, Botox® usually lasts anywhere between three to six months of wrinkle correction. If the patient follows up regularly, those repeated injections can soften lines and wrinkles, which allows them to extend the time between treatments as the wrinkles are consistently checked and are never allowed to reappear. This means that the patient may need treatment less frequently. In some cases, regular touch-up treatments have helped patients see their results last indefinitely.
Botox treatment is a mostly painless procedure and it takes only a few minutes in most cases. Before proceeding with any treatment, the doctor will first discuss the goals and objectives of the procedure with you, and will then determine which muscles get the injection to achieve the desired outcome. The treatment is then usually performed as a series of small injections using an extremely slender needle. Even though most patients do not experience pain, there may be a very brief sting like a mosquito bite.
Most patients will see a noticeable difference in about four to five days. It may take a little more than a week to see the wrinkles getting relaxed, but the full effect of the Botox treatment will be seen in about ten to twenty days.
No, Botox does not require any downtime, and it can be done in an outpatient setting in under an hour. Majority of the patients would not see any side effects from Botox treatment and they can resume their daily routines immediately after the procedure. Patients are advised to avoid exposure to the sun, and avoid rubbing the site of injection after treatment.
Dr. Charles Kent, MD,at Everett & Hurite uses Botox on his patients where it is most effective. Call or schedule an appointment online today!