While facelifts have traditionally been great options for facial rejuvenation, they’re not always compatible for everyone’s preferences or lifestyle. For patients who prefer a less-invasive method of reversing the effects of facial aging, neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic are the perfect solution. These cosmetic injectables block the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, making wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other issues associated with age disappear. For local patients considering a non-surgical alternative, Dr. Desman can explain the many benefits of Botox® in Northern Virginia and Alexandria.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is a naturally occurring organism. When this bacterium is produced and refined in a lab, the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin A is formed. Botox® Cosmetic is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin A, which was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002 to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows. In 2013, it was approved by the FDA to treat crow’s feet, and in 2017 it was approved for used on forehead lines.
How Do Botox® Injections Work?
Tiny muscle contractions in the face tend to cause wrinkles and lines. For example, some people develop horizontal lines between the eyebrows, from aging or years of making facial expressions. These lines are referred to as “11s.” Neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic work by essentially paralyzing the underlying muscles beneath facial tissue. When these muscles are forced to relax, the skin above them relaxes as well, softening fine lines and stubborn wrinkles.
This simple treatment is an effective way of combating the effects of aging, without the need for surgery. Botox® can be used as a temporary solution for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or Northern Virginia and Alexandria patients can choose to maintain their results with repeat treatments.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Botulinum Toxin Injections?
Botox® Cosmetic is recommended for patients aged 18 to 65 who want to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles without the commitment or downtime of surgery. The injections are safe, but currently there are no studies of their effect on pregnancy. In the interest of safety, Dr. Desman does not perform these injections on pregnant women.
Benefits of a Botox® Procedure
There are a few noteworthy benefits associated with a Botulinum Toxin session, including but not limited to:
- No downtime
- Non-invasive treatment
- Quick sessions (usually no more than 10 minutes)
- Minimal chance of side effects with proper treatment
- Fast results
Anyone in Northern Virginia or Alexandria with questions about these benefits should speak with Dr. Desman about the specifics of Botox®
Meet With Dr. Desman about Botox® in Northern Virginia
During a Botox® procedure, Dr. Desman will make injections into targeted areas on the face using a thin needle. Depending on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, the number of injections will vary. The entire process typically takes less than 10 minutes.
All of this means that Botox® in Northern Virginia and Alexandria is an ideal procedure for many different patients. To learn more about the treatment, ask questions, and schedule your initial consultation, reach out to our practice today.