Four Things You Didn’t Know About BOTOX®

Most of us know someone who has tried BOTOX to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and emerged with a fresher, smoother appearance after treatment. The results are a testament to how effective this anti-aging solution can be for both women and men. However, there are some aspects of this popular injectable that you may not know about.

Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Greater Philadelphia, PA, offers this anti-aging miracle worker to both women and men. With two convenient locations in Lansdale and Fort Washington, PA, individuals can add BOTOX to their skin care routine for a fresher, more relaxed appearance. Below, board-certified dermatologists Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper share four things you might not know about this popular injectable.

Fact 1: You can still show facial expressions after BOTOX injections

Many people assume that if they get BOTOX injections, their faces will be motionless. BOTOX is a neuromodulator injection, which means it relaxes specific facial muscles to stop them from contracting. By halting the contractions when frowning or squinting, it can allow the skin to appear smooth again. Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle at the point of injection, which generally includes forehead furrows, Crow’s feet around the eyes, and those pesky “11” lines between the eyebrows. BOTOX only affects the targeted muscles when properly administered by a professional — it doesn’t affect other muscles used to make facial expressions. 

Qualified, experienced injectors like Dr. Saxena and Dr. Kasper have the proper knowledge of facial anatomy and can target the placement of each injection to give patients optimal BOTOX results. After their BOTOX injections at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, patients are still able to display a range of emotions while enjoying their more youthful appearance. 

Fact 2: BOTOX injections are not painful

The general assumption is that BOTOX injections will hurt. The injections are administered with a needle, but the needle is quite small and most patients don’t need a numbing agent or topical cream for their injection sites. Many patients report that BOTOX injections feel like a slight pinching sensation that causes mild discomfort for a few seconds. This noninvasive procedure provides terrific results that keep patients returning for follow-up treatments. 

Fact 3: BOTOX can be effective for a wide range of ages

Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute treats a wide range of individuals in every decade of life. Women and men are getting BOTOX in their 40s and 50s, and beyond to smooth out or minimize wrinkles, creases, and lines. Forehead lines and Crow’s feet can be softened, giving older individuals a more appealing, youthful appearance. 

Today, preventive BOTOX treatments have become increasingly popular among younger adults. Women and men in their 20s and 30s are turning to BOTOX to slow down the aging process. Most individuals in this age range don’t display any visible wrinkles or lines. However, BOTOX can be a preventive measure to lessen the appearance of wrinkles in later decades.

Fact 4: BOTOX has many different uses

The wrinkles and lines BOTOX treats all have one thing in common — they develop due to repetitive muscle movements made over time with facial expressions. While BOTOX is generally used to target dynamic lines or wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, or brow, it can also tackle smile lines — wrinkles or lines around the mouth can be softened with BOTOX injections. Outside the cosmetic realm, BOTOX can help with excessive sweating by blocking the nerves responsible for activating our sweat glands. Other medical uses include treating migraines, helping patients with overactive bladders, and stopping muscle spasms to give patients temporary relief.

What can I expect during treatment?

BOTOX is a purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A) that is FDA-approved to use in small doses. BOTOX acts as a muscle relaxer by temporarily freezing the movement of specific muscles and underlying tissue, which means BOTOX essentially helps smooth out wrinkles and lines in certain areas. During your appointment, Dr. Saxena or Dr. Kasper will ask you to make specific facial movements or expressions to serve as a guideline on what areas to target. Depending on the number of areas or injections needed, BOTOX sessions generally take about 20 – 30 minutes, and there is virtually no downtime after your treatment. The caring team at Spa 361 will give each patient guidelines for their post-treatment routine to ensure their BOTOX injections properly settle into place. 

BOTOX can give both women and men the anti-aging solution they desire. You can smooth out dynamic lines and wrinkles, and even prevent the formation of new ones with the power of BOTOX. Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper can redefine the way you look at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Greater Philadelphia, PA. Call today to schedule your consultation at our Lansdale or Fort Washington, PA, office. We look forward to helping your begin your journey to a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

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