Botox in Santa Barbara, CA
Botox – Hide your Frown Lines
As we age, years of frowning, squinting, pursing, and furrowing begins to leave their marks in our skin. Eventually, we have lines even when we’re not making expressions. Botox can slow the progression of aging by stopping us from making these unattractive lines. With continued use, the lines that have become imprinted in our skin will soften because the Botox is preventing us from making the expressions.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator that works at the muscle nerve connection. It softens wrinkles by preventing the muscles of the face from contracting so hard and severely. Botox can correct dynamic wrinkles- wrinkles that come and go as we make expressions. With continued use, Botox can correct static lines- meaning that is you stop furrowing your brow for a year, you will notice that your frown lines slowly disappear. Botox can also enhance features of our face by lifting the brow (brow-lift) and widening the eyes.
How long does Botox Last?
Botox will last at least 12-weeks but maybe longer. After the procedure, it takes at least 1 week to see the effects of the Botox. The longer that you continue to get Botox regularly, you will notice that you need it less often. This is because Botox softens the muscles of the face. The softer and less tense these muscles get, the less often they need to be treated.
How is Botox Administered?
Botox is injected into the muscle using a tiny needle. It is important to inject the right amount of Botox into the right muscles to prevent getting an unnatural ‘frozen look,’ overly heavy, droopy eyebrows, or a ‘Spoc-like’ eyebrow look. Most people tolerate Botox well and have little bruising.
What should I do before by Botox appointment?
To minimize bruising, we advise that you stop all blood thinners at least 5-days before your treatment. Do NOT stop a blood thinner is you have been directed by a physician to take a blood thinner after having had a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or if you have an irregular heartbeat or artificial heart valve. Also, please stop over the counter pain medication and supplements that thin the blood. Pain medications to stop include Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Aspirin, Midol, etc. Nutritional supplements to stop include Vitamin E, Fish-oil, Gingko, Garlic, and Ginseng. You may resume these medications and supplements 2 days after the procedure.
Benefits of Botox
One of the key benefits is the fact that Botox is preventative as well as a corrective. Patients who use Botox get immediate benefits because it softens the wrinkles they already have, but it prevents futures wrinkles as well. The age of 45-60 years of age is called the ‘ageless window,’ because if you take preventative measures, you may not appear to age during this time. Botox must be used with caution in people with neuro-muscular disorders like Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis, so tell your physician if you have these conditions. Since there are several less neuromodulators on the market, it is important to discuss your options with a medical physician. During the initial consultation, you will be given an explanation as to what happens to the face as we age and the opportunity to view before and after photos. You will need to discuss with your physician if Botox is the correct corrective option for you.