Fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable as we age. Everyone gets them sooner or later. But there are treatments available to minimize their appearance and give you back that youthful glow. One of the most effective of these treatments is Botox. Let’s take a look at what this beauty treatment is and what it can do for you.
What is Botox? Is it Safe?
Botox is an injectable treatment used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The neurotoxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria is injected beneath the skin where it relaxes the muscles to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles that appear with movement. Botox was originally developed to treat certain eye disorders in the 1970s. It was later discovered that the treatment had cosmetic benefits as well, and its use was approved for this purpose in 2002 by the FDA. So the safety of this treatment is well established.
What Does Botox Treat?
Because Botox works by relaxing the muscles, it is an effective treatment for lines and wrinkles caused by movement. Look in the mirror and frown, smile, and speak. The wrinkles that appear on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth with these expressions are the ones Botox will treat. If you also have wrinkles due to sun damage or other causes you may require a combination of different treatments to address them all.
What Can I Expect?
Botox treatments are minimally invasive and only take a few minutes to perform. An esthetician will use a very small needle to inject the Botox into the muscles that are contracting and causing the wrinkles. You will only feel a tiny pin prick with each injection, so no anesthesia is required. You will be able to resume your usual activities immediately after the appointment, so no downtime at all.
Your results should last from about four to six months. If you maintain a regular treatment schedule you will see even greater results over time. The treatments will retrain your facial muscles to relax instead of tensing up to cause the wrinkles.
The licensed estheticians at Helen’s Haven will work with you to develop a treatment plan to turn back the clock and erase some of those telltale signs of aging. Schedule your consultation today and you’ll be on your way to looking younger and feeling more confident about the skin you’re in. You can find us at 4819 Ave., #6 in Honolulu, or give us a call at 808-739-0400. Prefer to instantly make your own appointment? Try our mobile app, available for a free download at the App Store or Google Play.