Injections to Reduce Wrinkles
Many patients from Dallas and Plano come to Total Med Solutions with an interest in addressing the wrinkles that have naturally occurred with age. While there are many wrinkle fillers that Total Med Solutions, the top four are Botox, Restylane, Dysport and Artefill. In today’s post we’re going to focus on Botox and work on answering some key questions so that you can decide whether or not Botox is a good possible solution for your wrinkle filling needs.
According to the manufacturer, Botox is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large doses, the protein causes botulism, a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning. While daunting, the protein that is used cosmetically uses a vey small amount of diluted botulinum toxin that enables the controlled weakening of muscles. Specifically, Botox is used by Total Med Solutions patients to treat moderate to severe brow furrow, uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles, and facial creases.
How Botox Works
According to the patient counselors at Total Med Solutions, there are three main questions that are asked about Botox. One of the main questions Total Med Solutions patients ask us in our clinics is, “How does Botox work?”
Here’s how: Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. Patients usually take from two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and it is important to note that the wrinkle relaxing effect tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Another commonly asked question is about how Botox is administered? At Total Med Solutions, Botox procedures are quick – they do not require anesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. Botox is injected into the muscle using a very fine needle in order to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy.
There are many things that patients interested in undergoing a Botox procedure should do before their treatment. One recommendation that we recommend to all Total Med Solutions patients is that they avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure. In order to minimize bruising, patients should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications about two weeks before treatment.
A Good Alternative to Surgery
Many patients come to Total Med Solutions because they do not want to go under the knife for a facelift. Depending on the age of the patient, Botox can sometimes give better results than surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, people in their 30s who have had limited exposure to sunlight usually show signs of aging in their eyes and temple area first, with crow’s feet and some bulging of the eyelid. As they have not lost much volume at this point, fillers or Botox usually smooth out the lines that people want to get rid of.
If you are considering Botox for the first time, don’t hesitate to stop by Total Med Solutions in Dallas or Plano to personally speak with one of our highly trained patients counselors. They will be able to walk you through the process, suggest possible alternatives in necessary and answer any question you may have!