Over the last couple decades, Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for people who want to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines around their eyes, mouth and forehead. Today, Botox is available worldwide and has been injected in more than seven million patients. Botox is often the first treatment that comes to mind when anyone considers wrinkle filler treatments. 

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable treatment option used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the face. It uses a naturally occurring protein called botulinum toxin type A, which forces the muscles in your face to relax. The botulinum toxin type A is responsible for blocking nerve impulses that would normally make you furrow your brow or create creases around your eyes. As the muscles relax, the actions that cause wrinkling stop and your skin smooths itself out. 

How Does Botox Work?

A typical Botox treatment takes less than an hour. Your doctor will use a fine syringe to inject the chemical directly into the muscle that needs to be relaxed. By targeting specific muscles your doctor is able to achieve precise, consistent results. While most people report Botox as being painless, a topical numbing agent is used in some cases. Once the injection is complete, you will be free to return to normal activity immediately. 

Why Should I Get Botox?

If you are tired of the wrinkles in your forehead or you want to get rid of the crow's feet around your eyes, Botox is a good choice. Botox has been used for more than 15 years to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles. During this time Botox has proven safe for all kinds of patients with minimal risk of allergic reaction, swelling or bruising. Botox continues to be one of the most readily available options for treating symptoms of aging. 

When Will I See Results?

In general, you will begin to see the results of you injections within three to four days. It takes a few days for your muscles to begin absorbing the chemicals and putting them to work. Your body will continue this process for up to two weeks, when your final results will be visible. After that your results will last up to six months. 

What Makes Botox Different From Other Options?

The biggest difference between Botox and other anti-aging products is its history. Botox was one of the earliest products approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic procedures, and it has continued to be a top pick for patients worldwide. It has proven effective time and again while many new products still have yet to prove their effectiveness long-term. In addition, it is safe for use in many different applications so you can have it injected near your eyes, mouth and other parts of the face. Some treatments are only safe for use in limited areas, which may require separate treatments for each zone. Finally, Botox is a muscle relaxant as opposed to a dermal filler. It acts by reducing muscle movements, rather than filling the space created by the creases.