Botox® Cosmetic Treatments
You will see positive results with lines and wrinkles fading in just a few days. If you receive treatments every few months, you will see the lines and wrinkles become less visible over time. If you make Botox® Cosmetic treatments part of your healthy skin routine, you can not only keep your mild lines from deepening, but also stop new lines and wrinkles from developing.
Our nerves send signals to muscles through a neurotransmitter chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical is what tells the muscle to contract, which is what causes the wrinkles and lines in the face. Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA approved treatment to make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and forehead lines look better in adults by stopping the release of acetylcholine and paralyzing the facial muscles. This process stops new wrinkles from developing and smooths the appearance of lines in the face for three to six months.
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) Treatments
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a medical disorder that causes abnormally excessive sweating not necessarily related to exercise or heat. Botox® injections are a safe and effective FDA approved treatment for hyperhidrosis. These armpit injections block the body’s ability to manufacture the chemical that triggers the sweat glands. If prescription strength antiperspirants are not helping you, then Botox® injections can provide an average of six months of relief from excessive sweating. Studies show that most people produce about 75% less sweat within four weeks after the first treatment. More than 90% of people need four or less injections over two years to maintain these results. If excessive sweating is impacting your self-image and your social and work life, then Botox® treatments may be right for you, contact The Look Lab today.
Bruxism (TMJ, Masseters)
We all have joints on the two sides of our jaw called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that hinges and connects your jawbone to your skull. The masseter muscle connects to the lower jawbone and cheekbone. When someone clenches or grinds their teeth (bruxism) it overexercises the masseter muscle making it bigger and stronger (hypertrophy), which can cause a squared jaw appearance. Bruxism can also cause jaw and tooth pain, facial pain, earaches, headaches, migraines, and dental complications.
Preparing for Botox® Cosmetic Treatments
- One week before your scheduled treatment you should stop all medications and supplements that can increase bleeding at the injection site, as well as swelling and bruising of the treatment area. This includes NSAIDS and fish oil, among others.
- 24 hours before treatment you should avoid alcoholic drinks that may thin the blood and cause complications.
- Be sure to eat a healthy snack (avoid caffeine) before your treatment to reduce the chance of lightheadedness during the procedure.
- Be sure to allow for some recovery time after your procedure, no social or work commitments should be scheduled immediately after your procedure.
- Wash your face prior to your appointment so it is clean with no makeup or lotion.
- Botox® Cosmetic treatments should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is your responsibility to keep our staff apprised of changes in your health status and reschedule appointments as needed.
What to Expect After Botox® Cosmetic Treatments
Immediately following Botox® Cosmetic treatments, you may experience small nodules at the injection site. You should not massage or touch the nodules; they will dissipate in a few minutes. For some people the needle injection may cause a mild headache immediately after treatment. You may take over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol; however, avoid aspirin or NSAIDS that thin the blood and can cause complications.
Stay away from direct high heat for 24 hours following treatment.
For some people the needle injection may cause a mild headache. This is normal and will usually pass within 36 hours. You may take over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol; however, avoid aspirin or NSAIDS that thin the blood and can cause complications.
Within a few days
You may develop small bruises that typically disappear within a few days. You may wear makeup.
The injection sites
The injection site is cleaned with alcohol; if this causes dry or itchy skin you may use a moisturizer, such as Vaseline®, to relieve these symptoms.
Typical results from a Botox® Cosmetic treatment last approximately three months. Results can wear off quicker if this is your first treatment, it has been a long time since your last injection, or your facial muscles are stronger than average.
How often should I get treatment?
For the best results, you should receive Botox® Cosmetic treatments roughly every three months so that results do not wear off. Neurotoxin treatments prevent facial lines and wrinkles from forming, so ensuring you receive your next treatment before the first wears off will provide the best results.
How long do results last?
Results may last four to five months, or even longer, between treatments if you are on a regular treatment plan or your facial muscles are smaller or weaker than average.