Curious About Botox? Here's What You Should Know

If you’re thinking about adding Botox® to your beauty routine, you might have some questions about how this treatment works and what to expect. There’s a lot of misinformation surrounding Botox, and getting the right information can help you make the right decisions. 

ENT of New Orleans, with locations in Marrero and New Orleans East, Louisiana, offers Botox injections to help patients look years younger. In this blog, the experienced health specialists discuss what Botox is and how it works.

Dynamic wrinkles and Botox

There are two types of winkles: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles form due to the loss of vital substances, such as collagen and elastin, as well as from gravity and sun damage. Dynamic wrinkles — which is what Botox treats — form due to years of making repeated facial expressions. 

Over time, the muscles that make these expressions can begin to stay in a semi-contracted state. For example, forehead lines can appear due to years of squinting or furrowing your brow. Crows feet can appear around your eyes due to years of smiling. And frown lines can appear on either side of your mouth due to years of frowning.

Botox works by paralyzing the muscles responsible for these creases. By paralyzing the muscles, they will relax and smooth out, thus causing the skin above to smooth out, too. Botox, which is made from a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, is injected into targeted areas of the face to reduce wrinkles.

Botox facts

If you’re considering Botox treatment, there are a few things you should know before going in for an appointment. 

Botox is only as effective as the provider

Botox isn’t a miracle cure for wrinkles, and it requires skill to inject Botox effectively. This is why choosing an experienced, talented injector is important. Don’t settle for cheap Botox treatments. Seek out an office with a well-trained staff for optimal results. When performed by an expert, your wrinkles will lessen, but you won’t look stiff or be unable to make normal expressions.

Botox doesn’t last forever

This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your results. If you don’t like your results, you won’t have to panic. The results will slowly fade, and you’ll go back to normal. However, if you do like your results, you’ll have to get it administered again in 3-6 months to refresh your face. 

Botox doesn’t eliminate all wrinkles

As noted earlier, Botox targets dynamic wrinkles, not static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are caused by aging. However, if you’re interested in smoothing out those wrinkles, too, you can talk to our providers about dermal fillers. 

To learn more about Botox and to see if it can help you fight your wrinkles, book an appointment online or over the phone with ENT of New Orleans today.

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