Botox: The gold standard for facial wrinkles

Give Dr. Halaas ten minutes, and she will greatly improve your fine lines and wrinkles with the ultimate wrinkle treatment: Botox. This time-tested neuromodulator works by relaxing the muscles that contract and cause wrinkles, leaving the skin smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking. As the number one cosmetic facial wrinkle treatment in the U.S., this tiny protein does big things.

Cosmetic benefits of Botox

  • Cosmetic benefits of Botox
  • Improves glabella lines between the eyebrows
  • Smooths forehead lines
  • Lessens crow’s feet
  • Decreases “bunny lines” at the nose
  • Decreases the appearance of playtismal (neck) bands
  • Softens vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • Lifts the eyebrows
  • Corrects a gummy smile

How Botox works

Approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. since 2002, Botox works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle, which causes the muscle to temporarily relax. By relaxing the muscles that create muscle contractions, their ability to make wrinkles is lessened. 

I can’t speak highly enough of Dr. Halaas and her staff. I came in for Botox and filler injections. My friend who is a patient recommended Dr. Halaas. My face has never looked so young. After seeing her, I was wrinkle-free and the dark circles under my eyes were completely gone. I am counting down the days until my next visit! Dr. Halaas takes her time and is gentle. She is honest about the results and was spot-on. I will be a forever client!

Julie M.

Botox treatment details

One of the Botox’s most well-known benefits is how quick and convenient the appointments are. Numbing cream can be applied to the area, but many patients find it unnecessary. Using a very fine needle, Dr. Halaas will inject the Botox directly into the desired muscles. You may feel some mild pressure during the injections, but no long-term discomfort is felt. The entire procedure takes less than ten minutes. 

Recovery and results

Patients can go back to their regular day after treatment. Very rare side effects include mild headaches (treated with Tylenol), minor swelling, and pinpoint bruising. (Any chance of bruising can be minimized by avoiding products such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, and alcohol for one week prior to treatment.)

Botox can take up to two weeks to completely take effect, but typically starts working within the first few days. While it varies from patient to patient, Botox is clinically indicated to last for up to four months.

If you decide to stop using Botox, your muscles will return to their pre-treatment state — just as you never had any treatment at all. This is why Botox is essentially like freezing time. Overall, you will look more youthful and refreshed.

Botox for men

Botox is becoming more and more common for men, with over 470,000 men receiving Botox in 2019. It is particularly popular due to its effectiveness at improving the signs of aging in the face in a manner that’s quick and convenient. In fact, Botox for men is so common now that it even has a nickname: “Bro-tox”. Men who are interested in this treatment should make sure to work with a licensed, experienced Botox professional, such as Dr. Halaas, who understands the nuances between injecting Botox for men and women. For example, men usually require more Botox than women because their facial muscles are typically stronger, and have more mass. The most commonly treated areas for men are crow’s feet, lines between the eyebrows, and forehead creases. 

I’m at that age where my years in the sun and frowning are starting to take a toll and wrinkles/lines are starting to stay on my forehead. I’m a guy...not exactly the most proud to say I’ve gotten Botox…but they eased my ego by calling it Brotox.

Brett B. 

Medical uses for Botox

Besides making the skin look more youthful and wrinkle-free, Botox is able to stop excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and underarms — a condition known as “hyperhidrosis”. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, which is the mechanism that also triggers sweat glands to produce sweat. Therefore, hyperhidrosis can be successfully treated with Botox. While surgery was the favored treatment option in the past, a few simple injections can now resolve the issue for several months. Clinically, the results in this area can last 5-7 months before re-treatment is needed.

Tension and migraine headaches can be temporarily alleviated by administering Botox to the appropriate muscles. Patients that suffer from teeth grinding and TMJ can also have some relief when Botox is administered to the masseter muscles. 

Who should not get Botox?

  • Those who are pregnant or nursing
  • Those who are allergic to ingredients in Botox
  • Those who have an active skin infection or condition
  • Those who have a neurological condition

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