For most people, the aim of Botox is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox does this by relaxing the muscles within the face that cause these wrinkles and frown lines to appear.
The Botox injections are administered into the nerves that supply these muscles, which means they no longer receive the signal that is required to make them contract. Consequently, the muscles relax and the frown lines and wrinkles reduce.
The effects of Botox normally take around one week to fully work, at which time you will see a considerable reduction in the appearance of your wrinkles and frown lines etc. It is important to realise however that these wrinkles have not been treated; rather they have been temporarily smoothed out. The fear for some people is that once they stop using the Botox, the wrinkles will actually be worse than they were previously. There is definitely not that case and you can expect the wrinkles to return to exactly as they were prior to treatment. It is quite common for people to think the wrinkles have worsened and this is due to the fact that they have got used to their new wrinkle-free appearance.
In order to actually get rid of wrinkles and frown lines, you will need to consider having some kind of surgical procedure such as a facelift. Other non-surgical procedures which you could consider include dermal fillers which tend to be longer lasting than Botox but they are still not permanent.
If you continue to have Botox repeated you may forget what your face looked like prior to first having it done and you may therefore think your wrinkles have got worse when you stop using Botox! As long as you understand that in order to maintain the same appearance you will need to have the Botox repeated, you are likely to be very happy with the results.
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