Botox is a household name, popular for its excellent results in smoothing wrinkles and fine lines without requiring downtime. In the Poulsbo, Washington area, patients can turn to West Sound Dermatology for effective and safe Botox injections. Patients can also earn alle.com rewards points for botox injections at our office.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox uses OnabotulinumtoxinA, or botulinum toxin type A, as its primary ingredient. This ingredient temporarily blocks muscle contractions where the product is injected. Cosmetic Botox works by softening muscle contractions near the eyes or forehead, meaning that patients make less severe facial expressions such as squinting or frowning. This helps to reduce wrinkles.
What Can Botox Treat?
Botox is primarily used to treat so-called dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that form as a result of facial movement and expressions. Some common examples include crow’s feet, glabellar lines (or “eleven lines” between the eyebrows) and horizontal forehead lines. The product may also be used to subtly lift the eyebrows, lift downturned corners of the mouth or to smooth horizontal neck bands. In some cases, patients may choose Botox at a younger age to help prevent wrinkles.
Many Botox patients are concerned about a “frozen” appearance, but modern injection techniques allow for free expression despite some limits in facial movement. On average, Botox results last about four months. This means that patients can try temporary results or schedule routine maintenance injections to keep up the appearance of their Botox. Over time, some patients find that their Botox results last longer with each maintenance injection.