As one of the most popular and widely requested procedures in the United States, Botox is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that rejuvenates the face and restores a youthful appearance. Botox is often requested to treat the common signs of aging, including crow’s feet, frown lines, and fine lines that develop over time. These signs of aging can be caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, or even chewing. Essentially any facial movement you make can lead to unwanted lines or wrinkles.
Did you know that there are 43 muscles in the face that can impact the unwanted signs of aging? Botox is a purified substance that blocks muscular nerve signals. This weakens the muscles so that they can’t contract, diminishing unwanted lines and wrinkles. Dr. Swail has extensive knowledge of the facial muscle structure, allowing him the ability to target only the muscles creating the lines and wrinkles. This ensures the end result looks natural and unaltered. When done correctly, Botox should have no impact on natural facial expressions.
The Botox 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 specific 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 three to four months. Once the Botox wears off, facial muscles 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 his or her desired outcome and expectations prior to each procedure. This allows Dr. Swail to design a customized nonsurgical cosmetic procedure to achieve great long-lasting results.