Everything You Need to Know About Botox

Everything You Need to Know About Botox

Posted on April 5th, 2020 in Botox

Botox is continually the most popular cosmetic procedure year after year, yet it’s common to not know much about what it is and how it works. While Botox maintains its popularity, there are a lot of common misunderstandings and misinformation about it. If you’re looking for an effective anti-aging boost for your look, then Botox is a great option. Here’s what to know about it and how it can help.

What is Botox Used For?

When you hear of Botox, it’s typically associated with cosmetic treatment. For decades now, plastic surgeons have been using Botox to reduce or relax the appearance of wrinkles and furrows that are caused by repetitive muscle movements. Botox can effectively pause unwanted muscle movements, making it a valuable medical treatment too. It has been used to mitigate the impact of migraine headaches, overactive bladders, muscle spasms, and even certain eye disorders. In short, Botox has had a long history of successful results in both the cosmetic and medical fields, making it a very safe and effective treatment option in the hands of trained providers.

How Botox Works

Botox works using a process called neuromodulation. In short, this means that the active ingredient in Botox, botulinumtoxin type A, can block nerve impulses from the brain that usually cause muscle movements. This comes with a lot of benefits– first, it can relax tense muscles that contribute to the appearance of furrows and lines. Secondly, it can prevent muscle movements that will continue to cause fine lines and creases over time. Most patients see Botox results last between 3 and 6 months, after which you can opt for re-treatment.

The Treatment Process

Botox can be administered in a quick and easy injection session at one of our Scottsdale offices.   A handful of precise injections are performed using a very fine needle. This takes skill and experience in order to receive the best results, so it’s important to always receive your Botox treatments from a licensed and experienced injector under the supervision of a plastic surgeon. Once the injections are completed, you can return home. You’ll begin to notice your results emerge within a few days, but final results take 14 days. You might experience some minor redness and swelling in the meantime.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to get started on learning more about Botox is by scheduling a consultation with one of our expert injectors. We invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form, and one of our team members will be in touch.

Can you use Botox under your eyes? Phoenix

Can you use Botox under your eyes?

Can you use Botox under your eyes? Phoenix

Can you use Botox under your eyes?

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in Botox, Injectables

Botox, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, is a popular procedure for producing a younger-looking appearance.  Botox works by keeping certain muscles from tightening, leaving smoother, refreshed skin.  While it is commonly injected to address concerns of wrinkles and fine lines in areas such as smile or forehead lines, Botox can be injected near the eyes as well!

A commonly asked question about Botox is whether it can be effectively used near the eyes.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox for cosmetic purposes around the crow’s feet area (sides of the eyes) and frown line area (in between the eyes – also known as glabellar lines).

Effectiveness of Botox Near the Eyes

In the United States, Botox has been approved to reduce the appearance of glabellar lines, commonly referred to as frown lines, since 2002.  While often used to address the crow’s feet, Botox was officially approved by the United States for cosmetic use in the crow’s feet area in 2013.  Temporarily smoothing wrinkles around the eyes and frown lines is a popular way to rejuvenate the face.

In a 2003 study, Botox was injected in the crow’s feet area or underneath the eyes to determine where it could effectively target wrinkles.  Nineteen women participated in a study and received injections.  The women who had injections around their eyes in the crow’s feet area reported positive results rather than those who strictly had injections under their eyes (an area which has not been FDA approved).

The results hinted that Botox could improve the look of the crow’s feet by effectively minimizing these wrinkles around the sides of the eyes.  Today, Botox remains the only neuromodulator that has been FDA approved for cosmetic treatment in the crow’s feet area.

What to Expect from a Botox Treatment

During treatment, Botox will be injected directly into the areas of concern, which may include smile, forehead, frown, or crow’s feet lines.  The treatment itself only takes a few minutes and has little to no downtime.  Many patients schedule their Botox appointments during their lunch hours.  Makeup can be reapplied after treatment to cover temporary redness that may occur at the injection site.

Botox treatments are measured in units and the number of units used will vary between patients.  This depends on the areas treated and the concerns of the patient.  Our expert injectors at MDSkin Lounge and MDSkin Bar will determine the number of units necessary for each patient to achieve the best results.

Many patients begin to see results from their treatment within a few days, and full results typically appear within two weeks.  Results from a Botox treatment last between three to four months in an average patient.  It is recommended to follow up with regular Botox injections every three to four months to maintain smooth, refreshed skin.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live in Arizona and are interested in getting Botox injections, or another cosmetic procedure, contact us today! At MDSkin Lounge and MDSkin Bar, we start with a consultation with one of our expert injectors, who will determine the best treatments to reach your unique cosmetic goals.