Crow’s feet are the fine lines that appear at the corners of your eyes due to overworked facial muscles. If you’re afraid to smile, laugh, frown, or make just about any kind of facial expression because it will make your crow’s feet more obvious, you may be in need of Botox.

Don’t believe creams, lotions, serums, and other topical treatments that promise to take care of crow’s feet. You need something that will treat the cause of wrinkles – you need Botox.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a chemical product that is produced from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. This toxin is derived from the strain of bacterium called Clostridium botulinum.

Botox is used cosmetically to remove crow’s feet, horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical lines between the brows, and many other wrinkles from the face by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles.

This treatment is an injectable, meaning there will be no scalpels or incisions needed. Because of this, the treatment is known as a minimally invasive procedure.

How Does It Work?

Botox is a muscle relaxer. Contracted facial muscles that have trouble returning to their relaxed state are a cause of fine lines and facial wrinkles.

In order for the facial muscles to contract, the nerves release a chemical messenger, or neurotransmitter, called acetylcholine at the meeting point of nerve endings and muscle cells.

Acetylcholine attaches to the muscle cells’ receptors, causing the muscles to contract. Botox, once injected into the facial muscles, prevents the release of acetylcholine, thus preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The muscles relax, allowing the skin to lie flat.

What Is the Botox Treatment Procedure Like?

Botox must be administered by a professional and should not be done at home. First, the chemical powder is diluted in saline. Once the Botox has been prepared for treatment, a topical anesthetic may be used to numb the skin of the treatment areas. No local or general anesthetic will be needed.

Next, the Botox is injected directly into the facial neuromuscular tissues. It is administered precisely and in very small concentrations.

The procedure only takes around 15 minutes to perform. Afterwards, you will be able to return home immediately. Because the procedure is so simple and requires no recovery time, it is known as a lunch-time procedure. People often get it done during their lunch break and then go right back to work.

It takes approximately 24 to 72 hours to see the effects of Botox. Full effects can be observed in seven to ten days from the date of injection. The results of Botox will last for around three to four months; after this time, you will need to return for follow-up treatments to preserve the results.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Skilled board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio Gayoso has a wealth of experience in a variety of aesthetic procedures. To find out more about the procedures that we offer, arrange a consultation by contacting our office today. During your consultation, Dr. Gayoso will answer any questions that you may have and walk you through the procedure.