So, chances are if you’ve noticed wrinkles forming on your face and you went looking for solutions, Botox probably popped up on your Google search. And while, Botox is an extremely effective wrinkle eraser, you may not know enough, or worse, have heard some myths, that make you hesitant in giving Botox a try.

We’ve created this Botox guide to give people looking for wrinkle smoothing options the information they need about this effective neuromodulator. Get ready to say good-bye to your fine lines!

Watch a Botox Treatment

What better way to learn about Botox than to see a treatment in action? In this video, Dr. Groff gives a Botox treatment to one of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s employees in San Diego. You’ll be walked through what a typical injection procedure looks like.

Some of the steps in a typical Botox treatment include:

1.) Mapping out the location of the wrinkles and the areas needed for treatment.

2.) Icing the area to numb the area and reduce the chance of any pain from the injection.

3.) Perform superficial injections to the crow’s feet area.

4.) After a 7-10 days waiting period – Dr. Groff will reassess the area to determine if any additional Botox is required.

What Can Botox Treat?

Neuromodulators are wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin – commercially known as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Xeomin or Jeuveau. A minute amount of the neuromodulator is injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. The effects typically last about 3-4 months.

One of the most important things to understand about Botox is what type of wrinkles it can improve. Primarily, Botox can improve wrinkles most caused by frequent facial expressions, primarily: forehead wrinkles, between the eyes (glabellar region), and around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). In this video, you can see a simple Botox treatment for these 3 main areas.

Beware Bogus Botox

Because Botox is so popular, it has led to counterfeit products. In addition to providing unpredictable results, they can also be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to get an injectables treatment like Botox with a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in these types of cosmetic treatments. This will not only help avoid bogus products, but will also increase the likelihood of being happy with your final results. This video explores the phenomenon of bogus Botox.

Botox Alternatives

While Botox is considered the “gold-standard” wrinkle smoother, there are some alternative neuromodulators that are also effective. Here is a short breakdown on the FDA-approved Botox alternatives:

  • Dysport: Dysport is purified differently than Botox, meaning it diffuses more effectively needing less injection sites.
  • Xeomin: Considered the “naked neuromodulator”, Xeomin doesn’t have any additives making it a good alternative to try if a patient has an allergy to Botox.
  • Jeuveau: Jeuveau was just FDA-approved in 2019 and is considered a “modern Botox”.

Learn more about this newest neuromodulator:

Botox for Aging Preventative

You may have heard that Botox is good for improving wrinkles, but did you know it can help prevent new wrinkles from forming or existing wrinkles from getting worse? You bet it can. It is for this reason, Botox is gaining popularity in millenials as an aging preventative treatment.

If you’re looking to improve fine lines or wrinkles or maintain your youthful appearance, Botox or one of its alternatives may be for you. One final thought to leave you with is that not only can Botox  improve how you feel about how you look, but for 70% of people who get Botox injections, it improves psychological well-being as well.

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