What Exactly Does Botox Do?

Lines and wrinkles are a common part of aging but that does not mean we have to live with them if we don't want to. Botox can erase fine lines and wrinkles without painful surgeries or any downtime! It can take care of wrinkles in various areas on the face. If you are ready to get rid of any unwanted wrinkles, at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, MD, we can assist!

What Exactly Does Botox Do?

Lines and wrinkles are caused by muscles contracting while making the facial expressions we all make daily. Botox works by reducing the muscle activity underneath the skin that causes wrinkles. Essentially, it is blocking chemical signals that cause the muscles in parts of the face to contract. This is going to smooth away lines and wrinkles, leaving you with younger-looking skin!

Treatable Areas

The Forehead The forehead region is one of the first areas to show wrinkles and lines. This treatment is going to smooth away mild to even severe forehead lines and leave you with firmer, smoother skin that appears much more youthful.

Between the Brows

The lines and wrinkles between the brows can get pretty deep and severe but those lines and wrinkles are no match for this powerful injectable treatment. Any lines and wrinkles between the brows can be smoothed away easily.

Around the Mouth

"Marionette lines" or other lines and wrinkles around the mouth are another common area of concern for many people. However, this treatment can help. Those lines and wrinkles can be smoothed away in just a single treatment session, leaving you looking much younger.

Other Areas

If you do have other areas of concern, please mention them to our staff so they can let you know if those areas can also benefit from this kind of injectable treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does It Hurt?

No. This is not an invasive treatment or one that is at all surgical in nature. It is simply an injectable treatment that works to freeze the muscles that cause wrinkles. You are not going to experience any pain.

2. Is This Safe?

Yes. This treatment is perfectly safe and is even approved by the FDA. You do not have to be concerned about your safety or the safety of your skin when it comes to this treatment option.

3. Does It Really Work?

Yes. This is not a "fad" or a treatment that does not deliver what it promises. Simply take a look at some before and after photos to see the power of this treatment option. It works for most people!

4. How Do I Know if It's Right for Me?

This treatment is a wonderful option for any person who has unwanted fine lines or wrinkles in certain areas of the face like the forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth, or other regions. It is effective on all skin tones and types so most people can benefit from the results offered by this injectable treatment.

5. Can It Help With Severe Wrinkles?

Yes. Even if you do believe that your wrinkles are more severe, you can likely still benefit from this injectable treatment because it works to treat the underlying causes of the wrinkles. Even severe wrinkles can be smoothed away or, at the very least, be far less noticeable than they were prior to your treatment session.

6. How Do I Get Ready for Treatment?

There is not anything special that you need to concern yourself with before your treatment session. You can carry on with your regular skincare routine. If there would happen to be something you should do before your treatment session, our staff will be sure to let you know. They will be there through the whole process to make sure you get the most you can out of this injectable treatment option.

7. When Will I See My Results?

You will see your results in about 2 to 3 days after your treatment session. However, the full results that this injectable treatment option has to offer may take up to 1 to 2 weeks. Either way, you are going to get results fast without any pain or downtime, making this injectable treatment a very popular option!

8. Will It Look Unnatural?

No. The results of this kind of treatment are not going to look unnatural. You will still look like you but with fewer wrinkles and lines. You do not have to worry about looking like you have "had work done." Each treatment is customized to the person so the look you get will be the look you are after. If you would want a more dramatic look, that is also a possibility as well.

9. Can I Have More Than One Area Treated During a Session?

Absolutely. Say you want to have your forehead treated as well as the area around your mouth. Both can be treated during the same treatment session. This treatment option is safe and effective enough to be used on multiple areas during the same session. This is also great for those who want to save a bit of time and take care of all of their concerns at once.

10. How Long Will My Results Last?

This is going to be different for each person depending on age and the severity of the lines and wrinkles they wish to have treated. Most people can expect their results to last for 4 to 6 months. However, some people do notice that their results last longer, sometimes even up to a year. On the other hand, some people do notice their results beginning to fade after about 4 months or less. Once our experts take a look at your case specifically, they may be able to give you a better guess at how long you can expect your results to last.

11. How Often Can I Have Treatment?

Again, this is likely going to be different from person to person depending on age and the severity of the wrinkles and lines. However, this injectable treatment is safe enough to have about every 4 to 6 months. You may notice that your results are lasting longer than you thought though so you may not have to have treatments close together to maintain your results.

12. Is There Downtime?

No, as soon as your treatment session has ended, you can go on with your day as you always do. You do not have to worry about any downtime! There are even many people who have actually had this kind of injectable treatment during their lunch break. It really is that quick and easy!

13. How Long Does a Treatment Session Take?

Your treatment session will not last longer than 30 minutes. Usually, treatment only takes about 10 to 15 minutes total. When you compare that to any other treatment option that is able to give similar results, this one is incredibly fast!

14. Is This Only for Women?

No. This is a treatment option for any person who wants to get rid of unwanted wrinkles. Women and men can both get the great results that this treatment has to offer! And, more men are electing to have this kind of treatment to keep their skin looking younger longer!

15. How Do I Care for My Skin Following Treatment?

As soon as your session is over, you can go on with your day as always. However, it is wise to steer clear of direct sunlight and if you can not do that, just wear a stronger SPF than you normally would. It is also a good idea to avoid anything that is going to cause a lot of sweating. Other than that, you can go on with your routine as always. If there would happen to be something you should do or avoid after your treatment, our experts will let you know before you leave.

16. Will It Dry Out My Skin?

No. This is not a treatment that is going to dry out your skin or make it look dull. It simply treats the underlying cause of lines and wrinkles so that the surface of the skin is smoother. You do not have to worry about this injectable treatment drying out your skin.

17. Can I Just Do This Myself at Home?

Even if you were able to get your hands on the injectable treatment, doing it yourself would not be a good idea. For one, it may be painful and you could mess it up, causing damage to your skin. When concerning this kind of treatment, it is always a better idea to leave it to the pros.

Be Free of Any Unwanted Wrinkles Today With No Pain

If you are bothered by any unwanted fine lines or wrinkles, Botox is a great treatment option to take of your concerns. It is painless, highly effective, and gives you great results. If you are ready to be free of unwanted wrinkles, come see us today at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, MD!