It would be challenging to find any cosmetic procedure that is as widely used as Botox. According to a 2019 report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 7,500,000 botulinum toxin type A injections were performed throughout 2019. That's more than a 250,000 injection increase from 2018.
To give you a little more perspective, only about 786,000 botulinum toxin type A injections were performed in 2000. You would have to combine the next seven most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures to come close to the number of Botox or Botox-similar injections -- and, even then, you would still come up a bit short.
But why is Botox such a dominant force in the treatment space? The answer is pretty simple: it addresses fine lines and wrinkles, one of the most common conditions that men and women experience as they age. Plus, when one of the only other alternatives is surgery, it is a lot more convenient for patients to go for regular Botox appointments instead.
If you are interested in starting a Botox treatment plan or would like to learn more about how Botox can help you, fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with the Anti-Aging Clinic of Northwest Florida today.
Botox is made up of botulinum toxin type A, a substance that prevents the targeted muscles from contracting when injected into the body. While it might sound like a bit of an extreme to paralyze your muscles, the toxin is applied to highly targeted areas of the face to create specific, intentional outcomes.
Botox is most commonly used to treat three moderate-to-severe conditions: frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines. By injecting the toxin directly into the muscles that control these problematic areas, your regular, daily facial expressions will no longer cause those muscles to contract. This process provides you with both immediate and short-term benefits.
The immediate effect comes from the fact that the muscles can no longer contract where wrinkles and folds once occurred, making your face appear more youthful and smooth right away. Because the face's problematic areas are now constricted in their movement, your residual lines and folds will begin to smooth over time. These benefits will endure as long as the botulinum toxin type A is in effect.
If you are experiencing moderate-to-severe iterations of conditions like crow's feet, frown lines or forehead lines, and would like to have those conditions corrected without having to go through surgery, then you are likely a candidate for Botox treatment.
It is important to remember that the best candidates for any procedure have good general health, are maintaining a healthy body weight and do not smoke. It is also critical that you have realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved with Botox.
Some people believe that you need to be over a certain age to start receiving Botox treatment, but that is not the case. It is your anatomy that determines your eligibility — not your age.
In fact, the same 2019 ASPS report showed that of the 7,697,798 botulinum toxin type A injections performed last year, 19% of them — about 1,433,231 injections — were completed on people between the ages of 30 and 39.
One of the best parts about Botox is how quick and easy the procedure is. Typically, it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. No anesthesia is used, but you may opt to use an ice pack to numb the treated area if you desire.
Depending on the extent of your facial wrinkling, you may need anywhere between two and five injections. While most patients only need two or three, more extreme cases could call for even more than five.
During your consultation, your medical professional at the Anti-Aging Clinic of Northwest Florida will discuss your concerns and goals for the treatment. They will work with you to create the best treatment plan and let you know exactly what to expect moving forward.
The procedure needs to be performed by someone who is trained and experienced in Botox injections. There is a total of 43 muscles in the face, and knowing how to correctly target them to provide effective and subtle results takes skill and precision.
Botox is a relatively straightforward procedure. There is no anesthesia required and typically no recovery or downtime associated with this treatment. This means that you can resume your regular activities and get back to work as soon as you leave our office.
It is usual for patients to experience minor pain, discomfort, swelling or redness in the injection areas, but these symptoms usually fade within 24 hours.
We advise all of our patients to do their best to avoid rubbing their face directly after the treatment. In some instances, it can cause the botulinum toxin to spread to a different area of the face, causing some temporary muscle weakness and drooping.
You will notice significant improvement in any moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folding, especially in crow's feet, forehead lines and frown lines. You can expect to enjoy your results from Botox for as long as you continue treatments. Most patients get a relatively good idea of their results two days after the procedure was performed, when any post-treatment swelling and redness have faded.
The regularity of your treatments will depend on your unique conditions and anatomy, but most patients enjoy results from a single treatment for up to four months.
If you would like to get more information about Botox injections or get started on a Botox treatment plan, give our office a call at 850-238-8563, or you can use our online contact form to schedule your consultation today! Our medical professionals are looking forward to helping you address those problematic signs of aging and get you feeling confident as soon as possible!