Not Just For the Rich & Famous – Botox

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Everybody wants to look beautiful and forever young but as we grow older, loss of the skin’s softness is expected, resulting in wrinkles and signs of aging. One way to slow down this visible aging process is through cosmetic therapies and injections. Currently there are a lot of products in the market that promise you a younger and attractive appearance.

Every day we watch a lot of advertisements of cosmetic treatments, which give assurance of their products. Mostly what we expect from these products is that they will remove our wrinkles and folds that look unattractive. Among these products most popular are collagen, Restylane and Botox® injections. These injections have their own applications and characteristics. Let’s focus our attention on Botox® in this article.

Botox® Cosmetic treatment is considered by many to be a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects of facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be treated. Cosmetic de-nervation is the process of injecting Botox® Cosmetic into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles, and then the treatment takes care of the rest.


Wrinkles originate with the over usage of facial muscles. Botox® is injected into targeted muscle with a fine needle. Botox® simply inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles. Botox® blocks the release of acetylcholine chemical, which transmits nerve signals to contract the muscle. So, it is a mechanism of muscle inactivation. This process weakens the muscles that produce frown lines. With Botox® these lines are smoothed out and become almost invisible within a week.

Botox® mainly targets crows feet, frown lines, laugh lines and forehead lines. It is injected in small doses. It is a fast therapy. Botox has been used for years in treating a variety of patients. Botox® injection can also be used for migraine headaches. It also can decrease sweating on palms, under arms and at the hairline.


It is advised to the Botox®-injected patients that they adhere to a few guidelines and implications before and after the treatment if they want optimal results. Botox® Cosmetic injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless.  Botox® is given by injections, and not actual surgery, which makes this a much quicker and less painful way of treating a patient.  Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. 

After the injection, ice can be applied to the targeted area that will reduce any swelling and discomfort. Injection procedure takes only about ten minutes and after that patients can return to their routine life without delay. Do not massage the treated area as this may cause bruising. Botox® cannot be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding or on neurology patients.

The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain their full effectiveness.  Research has suggested that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect.  Botox® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and is not useful to repair sagging skin caused by aging. 

After the procedure, patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades.  Normal activities can be performed right away, as if nothing had happened at all.  Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles, or in some very rare cases an eyelid may droop. 

Are you Botox® curious? Contact Pretty Faces Atlanta to schedule an appointment, and ask how effective the Botox® treatments would be on your target areas.