Injections of Newport Beach Botox, the brand name for a drug made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum toxin, are typically used to produce a more youthful appearance by keeping skin healthy and firm. Approved for cosmetic use in the United States since the late 1980s, Botox injections can relax facial muscles and rejuvenate skin affected by imperfections like crow’s feet or age-related changes to tissues. It’s a fairly common non-surgical treatment performed more than a million times each year.
How Botox Works
For the purpose of treating wrinkles, Botox works by blocking signals being sent from nerves to muscles. The affected muscle is no longer able to contract, or tighten, as much as it normally would. Because of the lack of contractions, wrinkles either go away entirely or soften and become less noticeable. Newport Beach Botox might also help to improve skin appearance by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. These are proteins naturally produced by the body that are responsible for keeping skin firm and flexible.
Cosmetic Issues Treated with Botox
Facial wrinkles are caused the natural aging process and the loss of the proteins collagen and elastin. While often appearing on the forehead, wrinkles can also develop around eyes from actions like squinting, on the neck, or around the mouth from the muscle motions needed to smile and frown. Treatment with Botox injections may be recommended to rejuvenate or restore a smooth appearance to areas of skin with:
- Wrinkles or other imperfections that aren’t responding well to other treatments like the use of topical creams
- Wrinkles caused by worry lines, frown lines, and laugh lines
- Deeper wrinkles
Preparing for Botox
Before Newport Beach Botox treatment, patients may be asked to stop taking certain medications that may affect tissues in the skin. Makeup and other facial creams should also be removed from the area of the skin that will be treated. Patients should also report any allergic reactions that may affect their skin prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications may need to be temporarily stopped a day or two prior to treatment (with doctor approval) to reduce the risk of bruising. Alcohol should be avoided since it can affect how nutrients are delivered to tissues in the skin.
During the Procedure
The Botox is injected into the affected area of the skin with a fine, or thin, needle. There’s no need for anesthesia. Although, some patients may be given an anesthetic cream or cooling gel to numb the area prior to receiving the injection. Discomfort is usually minimal. If the area is numbed, there is usually little or no discomfort during or after the injection. Possible side effects may include temporary redness at the injection site. The procedure typically takes about ten minutes to perform.
What to Expect After Botox Treatment
Patients often see results from Botox treatments within a few days after receiving the injection. It may take three to seven days to see the full effects from Newport Beach Botox treatment. Some patients continue to see improvements with overall skin tone up to 30 days after receiving the injection.
Facial expressions are usually not dramatically affected. Normal expressions like smiling and frowning are still possible. The only difference will be a lack of wrinkles associated with such movements.
If deeper wrinkles are being treated, it may take multiple injections to see significant results. Some patients respond better to combination treatments with fillers (Botox is not a filler) while others see the desired results from Botox injections alone.
Skin Care Between Botox Treatments
Patients are usually given instructions between sessions to keep their skin healthy. Such guidelines may include avoiding the excessive use of moisturizers and skin lotions or creams. Certain facial exercises can also maintain skin elasticity.
The average patient age range for individuals who receive Newport Beach Botox injections is from 40 to 59 years, although positive benefits can be seen in both younger (at least 18 years of age) and older patients considering such treatments. While some people see results that last for up to a year, the average results from treatment last about four months. The duration of the results will depend on what was treated and factors such as the overall health and condition of a patient’s skin.