Botox in El Paso
Fine lines, wrinkles, folds: our skin’s worst nightmare. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and begins to produce less collagen, meaning it’s less likely to bounce back when we, say, smile or squint. This causes pesky wrinkles and fine lines to form, and before we know it, our skin really reveals our age. Luckily, over the last couple of decades, new technology and skin care methods have made it to where we can reverse the signs of aging.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA approved treatment that can temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A, a type of bacteria that causes botulism, or muscle weakening. While this may sound scary, Botox is incredibly safe. Essentially, Botox is administered via injections to sites that commonly have wrinkles, such as in between your brows and around your eyes. It works by targeting the cause of your wrinkles at the source. Once administered, it reduces muscle activity in the affected areas, which in turn reduces the number of wrinkles that form in these areas.
Common Treatment Areas
Botox is commonly used to treat crow’s feet and frown lines that form around your eyes and in between your brows respectively. In other cases, it can be used to treat wrinkles on your forehead, hair loss, and even migraines, though this isn’t as common of a treatment. Be sure to speak with a specialist to see what treatment areas you are a good candidate for.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
A few things to note about Botox is that it is safe and effective but isn’t always for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, suffer from certain known allergies, or are prone to infection, it may not be the most viable option for you. Talking to a doctor is the best way to know if you are a good candidate.
What is the Process Like?
Before receiving treatment, your doctor will perform a facial analysis that tells them which areas of your face will benefit the most from Botox and which areas cause the most muscle stress on your face. The actual injections will take about ten minutes. Many people who receive Botox say they feel a slight pinch for each injection. If you’re worried about the pain, you can ask your doctor to apply a topical numbing cream or to numb the area with an ice cube. This will help reduce the pinching feeling and ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible.
Side Effects and Risks
As with any procedure, there are a few risks and side effects involved with receiving Botox. These include discomfort or pain at the injection site, headache, or tiredness. You may also have some redness and dry skin around the injection site as well. These side effects should decrease soon after receiving the treatment.
About 3 percent of people who undergo Botox for their frown lines experience eyelid drooping while about 1 percent of people experienced eyelid swelling after receiving Botox for their crow’s feet. While rare, it’s important to talk to your doctor immediately if you begin to experience any of these side effects.
Before receiving Botox, talk to your doctor about risks you may encounter based on your health history and skin type.
Myths About Botox
Botox often becomes a gag in pop culture, which has lead to some pretty crazy myths over the years. Some of the most common myths about Botox is that it’ll freeze your face, that people will be able to tell you’ve had “work” done, and that it can have serious, adverse side effects. We’re not too sure where these myths were developed, but you can rest assured knowing they’re not true.
Recovery and Results
There is no downtime after Botox. This means you can get the procedure done during your lunch break and return to work immediately after. After receiving Botox, you should start to see results within 24 to 48 hours after.
Botox lasts about four months. You can rest assured knowing that the look and feel of your skin will improve quickly after receiving Botox!
Schedule a Consultation Today!
At El Paso Body & Skin Care, we won’t charge you to undergo a consultation with our doctor. During the consultation, we can determine if you are a good fit for Botox and cover what you can do to prepare for the procedure. Call us today to learn more and to schedule your free consultation!