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If you feel dissatisfied with your facial appearance due to wrinkles and fine lines, you may be interested in receiving Botox treatment. Botox is a safe, well-tested medication that uses tiny amounts of a natural neurotoxin to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

Botox offers patients the gift of smoother skin and a renewed facial appearance. This article will explore the aesthetic use of Botox, explain its ideal applications, and let clients know what to expect from the process.

Applications of Botox

Botox effectively treats the following types of facial lines and wrinkles, among many others:

  • Frown lines (glabellar lines) between the brows
  • Smoker’s lines (wrinkles around the lips)
  • Marionette lines at the corners of the mouth
  • Crow’s feet

In addition to its aesthetic uses, Botox has also received FDA approval to treat many medical conditions like migraine, strabismus (lazy eye), and overactive bladder.

How Botox Works

Researchers developed Botox using the botulinum toxin. It is a naturally occurring medical substance derived from bacteria.

When used in therapeutic doses, botulinum toxin blocks the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine helps to pass signals from the facial nerves to the muscles. When these signals are blocked, the muscle does not respond to the nerve as effectively. The relaxed muscles allow the visual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to decrease.

Benefits of Botox

  • Lessens visible signs of facial aging, including crow’s feet, marionette lines, frown lines, and smoker’s lines
  • Long-lasting, repeatable treatment
  • Safe and well-tested

The Botox Injection Process

Getting Botox is a quick and easy process. The appointment begins with a consultation where you will review your needs with your practitioner. After discussing the treatment areas you want to cover, the practitioner will start your injections.

Many clients feel concerned that the injections will hurt. The needle is small and only stays under the skin for a short time, so it produces a slight pinching sensation. The whole process should take a matter of minutes.

Most clients can go back to daily activities immediately after Botox injections. They may experience mild swelling, bruising, or bleeding that should resolve within a few hours.

Who is a Good Candidate for Botox?

The following clients stand to gain the most from Botox treatment:

  • Clients in good health, 18 years and over
  • No existing infections
  • Able to tolerate injections
  • Educated on the realistic outcome of Botox treatment
  • No neurological problems or nerve disease

Discovering How Botox Can Help You

After reading more about how Botox can transform your appearance, you may feel ready for treatment or have further questions your practitioner can answer. Your choice of practitioner can also influence your chance of success with Botox. Choose a full-service medical spa to safely coordinate your care and help you feel youthful and relaxed.

Esthetic Medspa Portland provides multiple medical aesthetics treatments in southern Maine, including facials, injectable fillers, laser treatments, DiamondGlow, peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, and microdermabrasion. We offer concierge-style service in a luxury environment. Call our Portland, ME office today at 207-618-5792 with questions or to make an appointment.