If you suffer from moderate to severe facial wrinkles, your doctor may have recommended Botox. If you are considering treatment, it is important to be well-informed so that you can make educated decisions about your health and appearance.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Botox, courtesy of the anti-aging aestheticians at NuWave Medical, PLLC.

What is Botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Botox is the original, most well-known product on the market, and is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.

How does Botox work?

Botox improves facial lines by targeting the underlying source: the repeated contractions of your facial muscles. When Botox is injected into these muscles, it blocks nerve signals, meaning the muscles can no longer contract.

What is Botox used for?

Botox is best known for its ability to smooth facial wrinkles, but doctors may also use it to treat:

  • Migraines
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Overactive bladder
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Eyelid spasms

How long does the treatment take?

Your Botox specialist will sit down with you to perform a facial analysis and determine appropriate treatments. The actual injection process only takes about ten minutes.

How long does it take to recover from the treatment?

Most patients report that Botox injections simply feel like “a pinch”. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply ice or a numbing agent before administering the treatment. There is no downtime associated with a Botox injection, and you may resume your day as normal afterward. Your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.

When will I see results, and how long will they last?

You may begin to notice improvement in as little as 1-2 days for moderate and severe facial lines. Results may last as long as four months.

I live on Long Island. Who can I speak to about Botox treatments?

NuWave Medical, PLLC offers professional Botox treatments and other personalized skin care services. With offices in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, help is never far away. Schedule an appointment online, or call (631) 343-7144.