The aesthetic experts at MD Beauty Labs are dedicated to helping you meet your beauty goals. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a gold standard anti-aging treatment and our experienced injectors deliver natural looking Botox results. Contact us if you are seeking top quality Botox treatment in the Palm Beach and West Palm Beach areas.
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What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Botox is a popular injectable treatment that is designed to smooth away fine lines and prevent facial wrinkles. Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines, which are the vertical wrinkles that form between the eyebrows.1 Common off-label cosmetic uses also include using Botox to elevate the brows or the corners of the mouth, to give the appearance of fuller lips with a “Botox lip flip”, and to improve the look of platysmal bands (the “ropes” on the neck).
Understanding the Anatomy of Wrinkles
Visible signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and horizontal forehead lines are formed by the repeated use of the muscles that we use to make facial expressions. Our facial muscles contract when we talk, laugh, smile, frown, squint and so on. Meanwhile, skin also loses elasticity as we age. As time goes on, age-related skin changes and repeated muscle movements cause permanent fine lines and wrinkles.
How Does BOTOX Work?
The active ingredient in Botox is a purified protein called Botulinum Toxin Type A. After it is injected, the Botulinum neurotoxin blocks nerve impulses to the muscles, allowing them to relax. This reduces the muscle movement, which temporarily reduces the appearance of moderate to severe lines and prevents new wrinkles from forming.
What to Expect From BOTOX
Preparing for BOTOX
There is very little preparation needed for Botox injections. You may be advised to avoid alcohol and blood thinners in the days leading up to your appointment in order to prevent bruising.
Your BOTOX Appointment
The actual injection of Botox takes just a few minutes. Your provider will begin by discussing your aesthetic goals in order to determine your treatment plan. They will then cleanse the treatment area before using a very fine needle to carefully inject your Botox.
Recovery After BOTOX
There is no downtime needed after Botox treatment. Patients typically resume regular activities right away, although it is best to avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.
Is BOTOX Right For Me?
Botox is intended for adults who are seeking an effective and non-surgical anti-aging treatment. If you are bothered by facial wrinkles, Botox may be right for you.
You should not get Botox if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have certain medical conditions such as neurologic conditions, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to botulinum toxin products.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
The full effect of Botox can be seen 3 to 10 days after injection and it lasts on average 3 to 4 months. After an individual has had several subsequent Botox treatments it can last longer, as the muscles that are relaxed in a way “unlearn” the muscle movements. Typically, the maximum amount of time that Botox results last is 6 months.
Does BOTOX have medical uses?
Yes, in addition to cosmetic uses, Botox is also used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), overactive bladder, strabismus (lazy eye), chronic migraines, cervical dystonia (neck spasms), and blepharospasm (eye spasms).2,3
What are the potential side effects of BOTOX?
While any treatment carries some risk of complications, Botox is widely regarded as safe and the most common side effects, such as temporary redness or tenderness at the injection site, go away within a day or so.4 In rare cases, more serious side effects can include flu-like symptoms, neck pain, or temporary drooping eyelids.
What is the difference between BOTOX and fillers?
Injectable dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and RHA filler, are designed to plump the skin in order to add volume, smooth out deep wrinkles, or contour facial features. Botox and other neurotoxin wrinkle reducers work to relax underlying muscles in order to diminish and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
What About BOTOX Alternatives?
At MD Beauty Labs we offer a full spectrum of cosmetic injectables, including other wrinkle reducers that are sometimes referred to as Botox alternatives. Dysport® and Xeomin® are both neuromuscular blockers that work in a similar fashion to Botox. Our expert injectors will let you know which one is best for you.
What is the right age to get BOTOX?
When it comes to Botox injections, we see patients of a range of ages. Patients in their 20s often get preventative Botox or “Baby Botox” to hold off signs of visible aging. We see many patients in their 30s and 40s who see Botox as part of their self-care routine. We also have patients in their 50s and beyond who are aging gracefully and seeking Botox treatment for the first time.
Contact MD Beauty Labs for BOTOX in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach
We are dedicated to helping people look and feel their best and we are honored that so many patients in the greater Palm Beach area trust us for their cosmetic treatments. Contact us with any questions about Botox or to schedule your appointment today.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botulinum Toxin. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/botulinum-toxin/ Accessed October 24, 2022.
2 American Migraine Foundation. Botox for migraine. Available: https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/botox-for-migraine/. Accessed October 24, 2022.
3 Ada Regina Trindade de Almeida, MDa, Suelen Montagner, MDb. Botulinum Toxin for
Axillary Hyperhidrosis. Dermatol Clin. 2014 Oct;32(4):495-504. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2014.06.013. Accessed October 24, 2022
4 Cleveland Clinic. Botox. Available: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/8312-botulinum-toxin-injections#risks–benefits Accessed October 24, 2022