One of the most popular cosmetic treatments worldwide for combatting aging lines and wrinkles is Botox®. Since the 1990s, Botox has been used to minimize the appearance of certain dynamic lines and wrinkles that are more pronounced with muscle contractions. Dr. John Anastasatos is a highly experienced plastic surgeon with clinics in Athens, Greece, and Beverly Hills, CA, who offers Botox injections for his patients, along with many other surgical and non-surgical treatments.
Botox is made from botulinum toxin, a neuromodulator that impacts the nerve signals to the muscles. While Botox is a toxin, the doses used for cosmetic and medical applications are very small and safe. When injected into a specific muscle, it can block signals that cause the muscle to contract. For cosmetic purposes, this can be used to relax certain muscles that cause lines, wrinkles or affect the aesthetics of the face. Botox injections are used in cosmetic treatments for:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Frown lines or vertical lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet
- “Gummy smile” or to lower the upper lip
- A non-surgical brow lift
- “Bunny lines” across the nose
Botox injections can be very effective in relaxing specific muscles to change the appearance of the face. However, it is vital to have the injections performed by an experienced plastic surgeon who understands the various facial muscles and nerves to achieve the best results. Dr. Anastasatos has decades of experience performing Botox injections for his patients in Greece and in the U.S.
What to Expect with Botox Treatments
Botox injection treatments are quick and non-invasive with no downtime or recovery needed. Many patients have the procedure performed on a lunch break and return back to work the same day. In most cases, Botox injection appointments take less than 15 minutes. The area treated may swell or bruise slightly from the injection, but there are usually no other lasting negative side effects.
Botox injections do not take effect immediately. In most cases, it will be 3-4 days before the patient sees the results, and the full effects can take a week or longer. Most notably, the lines or wrinkles treated will begin to smooth, or the area treated will relax. The results can last up to six months, but most patients notice the effects wearing off at about 3-4 months. To retain the effect, the injections must be repeated.
Benefits of Botox Injections
What makes Botox injections popular with millions of people worldwide is the quickness and safety of the procedure. Both men and women can enjoy a more youthful appearance with frown line or other types of treatment with Botox injections. The injections are virtually painless and discreet, which is desirable for patients with busy lifestyles.
Botox works to relax muscles that cause lines and wrinkles or impact the appearance of muscles in the face. Not only can it relax existing lines and wrinkles, but it may be preventive, blocking certain lines from becoming more pronounced with continued use. It also has other applications, such as treating hyperhidrosis or migraines. In some cases, patients may have Botox treatments for both cosmetic and medical concerns.
Botox injections for aesthetic treatment can be used in combination with many other injections or surgical procedures. Dr. Anastasatos will recommend other injectables, like facial fillers, that can enhance the appearance of the face or reduce other lines or wrinkles that are not treatable with Botox.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox injections to smooth away frown lines or for other cosmetic purposes, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Anastasatos. He has medical facilities in both Athens, Greece, and Beverly Hills, CA.