Botox® used to be a taboo topic for people considering reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, however now it is a widely accepted treatment known for creating a more youthful appearance. Carried out by a professional, Botox is a subtle way to soften facial lines that come with age and also prevent them from forming. If you’re considering getting Botox for the first time, you may be unsure of what to expect and whether it’s right for you. We’ve put together the key information you’ll need to know beforehand and some advice on getting the best results from facial line softening:
What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a protein which is diluted and injected into the skin, around the target areas, to relax the muscles and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is not only popular among those looking to combat the signs of ageing; Botox is used among younger people as a proven preventative measure against the future formation of wrinkles. This is because the injections can help the tensed muscles to be retrained and react in a gentler way.
Facial line softening can be carried out to improve the effects of a range of factors which damage the skin, leaving a more youthful, less tired and balanced facial appearance:
- Lines caused by sun exposure
- Lines and wrinkles formed by exaggerated facial expressions
- The setting of lines and wrinkles as the skin’s elasticity breaks down through general ageing
- Facial symmetry can be improved with sagging or tired skin
Botox can be applied in varied concentrations to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, the forehead, around the nose, mouth and even the neck.
The concentration used will vary from patient to patient, however if you’re deciding on having Botox for the first time, we’d recommend that you get less than you think you need, and then come back for a follow-up if you’d prefer to have more later – it’s always best to seek an initial consultation with a registered professional so that you can be best advised on what amount is right for you.
What’s involved in the treatment?
Facial line softening is a fast procedure, with minimal pain. You won’t see the effects instantly however, depending on the person Botox usually takes 2-7 days to come into effect.
Botox typically lasts for around 3 to 6 months, and wears off gradually. If you’re happy with the effects of the facial line softening, you’ll be able to have repeat injections without a problem.
If you’d like to find out more about facial line softening and whether it’s right for you, we offer a free initial consultation with our IHAS registered, fully trained team of dentists. Please feel free to contact our practice on 01494 442922, or you can simply use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.