Dr. Amanda Lloyd Explains how Botox works to minimize lines and wrinkles
Botox treatments are often the first place patients start when they are considering improving their skin and appearance. The frown lines between the eyes, the forehead wrinkles, and the lines around the eyes are often the first areas that start to show the signs of aging. Botox is a safe, effective way to improve these wrinkles.
How Botox treatment worksBotox is a neuromodulator derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which acts by relaxing the muscles so that the skin has time to recover. The reason we get permanent lines in our skin is that the muscles of facial expressions are constantly moving which results in creases in the skin.
With time our skin becomes damaged by the sun and various environmental factors so that the skin is unable to recover and rejuvenate itself from the creases caused by the muscles. Therefore, Botox is used to gently relax the muscles so that the skin is given time to recover and repair itself making the crease in the skin no longer apparent.
Botox is both prevention and treatment. If you do not have wrinkles at rest, Botox can be used to relax the muscles so that the skin is not creased as forcefully as it is without Botox in place, thus, preventing the formation of wrinkles. Additionally, it can be used to treat wrinkles that are already there at rest in the same manner of relaxing the muscles so that the skin can recover.
Often times patients are hesitant to have Botox the first time because the thought of having a toxin injected is scary and unfamiliar. The neuromodulator used to cause the relaxation of the muscles is degraded just like the natural substance in your body that causes the muscles to relax. Therefore, Botox is out of your muscles typically within four months of the injection. This is both good and bad because if you like the results, repeated injections are required. However, if you do not like the results, then the Botox is completely out of your muscles and it is no longer in your system.
Botox injections are easily tolerated. The entire procedure is over within 10-15 minutes and you can walk out of the office with little evidence of a treatment. There are very few side effects of Botox. Occasionally, there is bruising which can be treated with a laser if it does happen. More rarely, there can be something called ptosis, which is drooping of the eyelid. This can be treated with topical medication if it does happen. Rest assured, in Dr. Lloyd’s hands this is extremely rare and, it does go away since the Botox is metabolized by the body and is not permanent.
Botox often becomes one of Dr. Lloyd’s patients’ favorite treatments because it is safe, effective, and gives you a natural, youthful appearance. You will look well-rested after your treatments. Although commonly used in the upper portion of the face, Botox can also be used for the following purposes:
- Around the mouth to help turn up the corners of the mouth
- Along the neck to relax the lines of the neck
- In the lower face to contour the shape of the jaw.
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Meet Dr. Amanda LloydDR. AMANDA LLOYD HAS BEEN SERVING HER PATIENTS MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.Meet the Doctor