How do Botox Treatments Work?

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For those looking to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a Botox treatment plan is one of the most effective options available to do just that. This non-surgical injection treatment has helped millions of patients achieve more youthful-looking skin. If you’ve been considering trying Botox, you may have some questions about how Botox treatments work. 

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum.

The toxin is purified using a process that has been fully vetted and approved by the FDA for over 30 years and is completely safe when used properly. Botox has a number of use cases both cosmetic and non-cosmetic.

How Botox Works

Botox is administered in an injectable form at the site of treatment. It works by blocking chemical signals in the nervous system around the area of treatment that cause muscles to contract. By injecting Botox into targeted facial muscles, it induces a temporary relaxation that inhibits their contractions. As a result, this relaxation helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines caused by repetitive facial expressions like frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.

This is a highly controlled treatment – the skincare professional targets the specified area with treatment only affecting that area. The effects of Botox last for about 3 or 4 months – with the treatment slowly wearing off and the muscles are then able to contract again. It is recommended to maintain it every 90 days to keep the fine lines and wrinkles from becoming “deep” and then harder to treat. 

Cosmetic Uses of Botox

Botox treatments are commonly used for skincare, particularly in the face. By relaxing the nerves in the face, Botox can eliminate frown lines and other wrinkles. It is important to note that Botox only works on what are known as “dynamic” wrinkles – this refers to any wrinkle that is caused when the muscles contract. Wrinkles caused by a loss of skin volume need a different type of treatment. In most cases, neuromodulators like Sculptra or dermal fillers will work to add volume and build back lost collagen and volume loss under the areas of the wrinkles.  

How a Botox Treatment Plan Works

The first step in developing a Botox treatment plan is by reaching out to schedule a consultation with the experts at SomaSou. Our skincare specialists will examine your face and work with you to determine an optimal treatment plan for your needs. Once that is completed, you will schedule your first treatment. The treatment is not excessively painful; you may feel a pinch, but as the treatment uses a very fine needle, it shouldn’t be too much to bear.

After the treatment, you will need to exercise caution with the facial skin. The site of the injection may be sore or itchy for a few hours. Don’t rub your face for 24 hours after treatment to allow the Botox to settle. You’ll also need to avoid laying down, strenuous exercise, or bending over for four hours following treatment. Typically, you will need a two-week follow-up as this is when the toxin “kicks” in and your injector can assess if any further treatment is needed. 

Get Comfortable in Your Skin with Botox Treatments at SomaSou

Ready to bring out the best in your skin with the help of Botox treatments? SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community enrich themselves and build confidence. “SomaSou” means “your body” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a free consultation with SomaSou today. For more information about our services or to schedule a treatment, contact us.

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