How Does Botox Work?
Botox may seem like a miracle that defies explanation, but it’s actually pretty easy to understand. Injections of Botox block signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. As we all move our facial muscles to smile, laugh, wince or pinch our brows, we deepen the lines, wrinkles, creases and furrows that eventually become permanent on our faces.
So, Botox actually provides two specific benefits:
- Botox plumps the lines, wrinkles, creases and furrows you already have.
- Botox keeps you from deepening those same lines, wrinkles, creases and furrows.
In a sense, Botox interrupts part of the cycle of natural aging. The less time we spend pinching our faces in ways that cause lines and creases to form, the fewer lines and creases we’ll form.
Who Is Botox For?
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for Botox treatments. Given that Botox can help prevent lines and creases from forming, it’s not uncommon for people in their 20s and 30s to get Botox.
Particularly if it runs in your family to have deep lines and creases or for lines to appear early in life, it’s worth asking a qualified physician about what Botox can do for you.
The Mayo Clinic says, “Botox is safe to use long term.” They also assure us that if you decide to stop using Botox, you can do so without your skin looking worse than it did before the treatments.
Is It Ever Too Late for Botox?
Sources vary on the answer to this question. One reputable source says Botox may be less effective after age 65, but it doesn’t say Botox is unsafe for people that age. In fact, we found no peer-reviewed data implying that Botox treatments were problematic for older people as long as they are not on blood thinners and don’t suffer from neurologic issues.
The longer you wait, the deeper your lines and creases will be, though, so early intervention is ideal.
When You Look Better, You Feel Better
While you’ve now got the basic facts about how Botox works, the only way to know what Botox can do for you is to have a consultation. Call us today at 480-718-9960 to get scheduled.
The decision to use Botox is ultimately about your face, your life and your confidence. In one free consultation, you might just find out how a relatively small action can make a tremendous difference to your ability to feel stronger and more confident as you move through the world.