Botox helps correct and prevent wrinkles that are dynamic- those shown with changing facial expressions such as laughing or frowning, as well as static wrinkles- those shown on your face when it is at rest. An injection of Botox can both smooth out and correct wrinkles in addition to preventing dynamic wrinkles from becoming more etched in your skin.
Botox is used:
Botox itself is a neurotoxin, a substance that alters the message that is sent from the nerves to the muscles temporarily reducing the contractions of the muscle that cause wrinkles. Several tiny injections are administered directly into the muscle that causes lines and wrinkles.
Your Denver Laser Solutions skin care specialist will help you determine where those muscles are and discuss appropriate treatment options. The effects from your treatment are fully realized approximately 7 to 10 days post injection and can last 3 to 4 months.
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What are neurotoxins?
Neurotoxins are a protein solution that when injected into a muscle helps to relax and prevent muscle contractions.
Are Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport the same thing?
Xeomin and Botox are just two different brands of the same neurotoxin. Like the brand Kleenex, Botox is often used as a general term for all neurotoxins. Read our blog post to understand the slight differences between Botox and Xeomin.
Will Botox help correct or prevent wrinkles?
Absolutely, Botox will help both correct and prevent wrinkles. There are two different types of lines and wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic lines are visual when making facial expressions such as frowning and smiling, whereas static lines are present even while the face is at rest. Overtime and as we age, dynamic lines turn into static lines. This is where neurotoxin can be effective for prevention. The injection of Botox slows the muscles and ultimately prevents the dynamic expression lines from etching deeper into the skin and becoming static lines.
Botox will also correct deep static lines; however, it may take several injection treatments space 3-4 months apart for older, more etched-in lines and wrinkles to begin to fade.
Once I start Botox, is it something I have to keep doing all the time?
For correction of lines and wrinkles it is recommended to continue Botox injection treatments on a regular basis, approximately every three to four months. Because the cell memory will always persist under the skin, static lines and wrinkles can return once you have discontinued Botox injections. Therefore laser and other skincare treatments are recommended along with Botox to actually stimulate and repair the collagen under the skin while reducing dynamic movement.
However some of our Denver clients use Botox as a one-time treatment for a special occasion!
What are the best places on the face to get Botox?
The best places to get Botox on your face are both in between the eye brows for the 11's as when this area is treated you will subsequently also produce a natural eye brow lift and for the lines around the eyes most commonly referred to as the "crows feet".
I don't want that frozen look. Is there a way I can use Botox so that no one else will know?
Absolutely, Botox can be used in moderation to soften expression lines or more heavy handedly to completely freeze the muscle. All of our Denver Botox clients have a different opinion as to what they prefer. You are an active participant in deciding what's best for you. If it is your first time trying neurotoxin we recommend starting on the more conservative side as it is easier to add more Botox then to take it away.
Botox vs. filler—what is the difference?
Botox, which is actually a brand-name, is a type of neuromodulator. Like its competitors Xeomin and Dysport, these products prevent the muscle from contracting, relaxing it and smoothing out the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Filler on the other hand is a substance injected under the skin to replace lost volume. Common name brands of fillers include Juvéderm, Juvéderm Voluma, Radiesse, and Belotero to name a few. Some fillers are designed to rebuild facial volume and structure where others treat moderate to severe etched in lines and wrinkles. A popular area where our downtown Denver Botox clients tend to notice a loss of volume first is in the nasal labial folds, those commissure lines around the mouth. However other areas such as upper lip lines, cheek bones, and the jawline can be treated.
I want to look good for very special event. When should I do my Botox?
Botox formulations are different for everyone. At Denver Laser Solutions our Denver Botox clients inject at least four weeks prior to a big event. Botox will gradually take effect over the course of one to two weeks, giving you the full effect at the two-week mark. A follow-up appointment should be made if it is your first time as to give us enough time to make any necessary tweaks. In addition, possible bruising is always a risk when inserting a needle into the skin and two to four weeks is plenty of time for a bruise to heal prior to a big event.
Is Botox poisonous?
No, it is a highly purified molecule and a widely studied drug.
Could I be allergic to Botox?
In very rare cases people are allergic to Botox. Allergy in the form of a rash, hives, and swelling, or the potential for the effects of Botox to spread to other areas and cause all over muscle weakness could occur. We encourage you to read through the important safety information. prior to your injections.
Is Botox safe?
Because Botox is widely used for many other medical reasons, such as migraine headaches, uncontrolled blinking, cross eyes, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, muscle spasms, bells palsy and more, it is very highly studied, purified and completely safe.
Is Botox used for lips?
Unlike filler that is used in the lips to enhance their volume, Botox can be used around the upper and lower lip to reduce pursing, such as the motion you make to sip out of a straw or blow a whistle, therefore helping to soften and correct "smokers lines".
Can Botox be used under the eyes?
Botox can be used under the eye for the fine lines and wrinkles here, although with caution as it is not recommended for those who's lower eye lid is week or saggy.
What is a unit of Botox?
Botox is measured in units. Each area of the face requires a different amount of units of Botox depending upon how strong the muscle is. Because Botox is delivered as a powder on dry ice it is reconstituted into an injectable form by mixing it with saline. This new liquid formulation divides the Botox up into units of measurement and then can safely be injected into the muscle.
Are there any side effects to Botox?
There are not any major side effects. Pain, swelling or a bruise in the injection site may be noticed. Other than that two side effects that could happen are lid ptosis or brow ptosis. Brow ptosis can happen if the injection is administered too too close to the eye brow causing a "heavy" eyebrow. Lid ptosis is when the Botox migrates to the eyelid muscle causing it to droop. For the eyelid, a steroid eye drop can be given to correct the problem in two to four weeks.