As one of the most popular and widely requested procedures in the United States, Botox is a non-surgical treatment that rejuvenates the face and restores a youthful appearance. Botox is often requested to treat the common signs of aging, including crows’ feet, frown lines, and fine lines that develop over time. These signs of aging can be caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, or even chewing – basically any facial movement can lead to unwanted lines or wrinkles.
Botox is a purified substance that blocks muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so it can’t contract. By weakening the underlying muscles, unwanted lines and wrinkles are diminished. Keep in mind there are 43 muscles in the face that can impact the unwanted signs of aging. Dr. Swail’s knowledge of the facial structure allows him the ability to target only the muscles creating the lines and wrinkles ensuring the result with look natural and unaltered. When done correctly, Botox should have no impact on natural facial expressions.
The procedure begins with a numbing agent being applied to the surface of the skin to maximize patient comfort during the procedure. Once the area is numb, injections are made in specifically targeted areas of the face to target underlying muscles.
Since Botox is a minimally invasive procedure, there is no down time or recovery time. Results are typically seen just days after the procedure as the muscles in the face begin to relax. Botox is a temporary procedure that typically lasts 3-4 months. Once the Botox wears off, facial muscles will regain strength and begin causing wrinkles and lines to reappear. Follow up procedures will be necessary to restore the youthful appearance.
Dr. Swail meets with each patient personally to discuss their desired outcomes and expectations prior to each procedure. This allows Dr. Swail to design a customized procedure to achieve great long-lasting results, following a Botox procedure.