Botox® is a fast and simple cosmetic procedure that can significantly reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is given by an injection, and while its effects are not permanent, they last for several months. Its effects are most noticeable in the upper third of the face, and it is remarkably effective at treating forehead wrinkles, “crow’s feet” around the eyes, and “frown lines” between eyebrows.
Botox® is derived from a naturally occurring chemical, botulinum, which can be dangerous if mishandled but is completely safe in its processed clinical formulation.
How does Botox® work?
Botox® is not injected into the patient’s skin, but rather into the muscles just beneath it. Botox® causes the muscles to relax, which in turn makes the skin above it appear smoother.
How long does a Botox® procedure take to complete?
Botox® injections are fast; the entire procedure typically takes only 10 to 15 minutes and requires no anesthesia or recovery time.
How long do the effects of Botox® injections last?
A Botox® procedure will last for approximately three or four months. Its effects are not immediate; patients’ skin usually begins to appear smoother approximately three days after an injection, and peak effectiveness comes about two weeks later.
How long has Botox® been on the market?
Botox® was approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002, but researchers had begun to notice its ability to treat facial wrinkles in the late 1980s. There are several different formulations of cosmetic botulinum available on the market today, including Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®.
How popular is Botox®?
A report from 2013 indicated that Botox® and other botulinum injections were the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, with over six million procedures performed that year. A more recent analysis indicates that popularity is still growing: the global market for cosmetic botulinum products is projected to be worth nearly three billion dollars by 2018.
Why choose MacMed for Botox®?
MacMed Medical in Milford, MA offers Botox® injections in addition to a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. It is connected to MacMed Spa and Salon, allowing you to take care of all your beauty needs in one stop. Our knowledgeable team is passionate about helping our clients look and feel their best. To learn more about Botox® or our other products and services, call us today at 508-478-9888.