Treating expression wrinkles involves injections of small amounts of Botox in facial muscles, which will limit contractions and smooth out wrinkles naturally. Botox can treat forehead wrinkles, frown wrinkles, crow’s feet and eyebrow tails to rejuvenate the face and soften the face.
A lot of patients are afraid that this type of treatment will freeze their facial expression, but these products only affect muscles with abnormally intense contractions causing wrinkles. By injecting Botox, or other neuromodulators, these muscles are relaxed and wrinkles are alleviated. The important thing to know about Botox injections is that it offers a preventive action against facial aging. Botox can also be used to treat upper and lower lip wrinkles, the corners of the lips and even the chin area to limit movements in the area. Injections are made in precise points identified beforehand with variable amounts depending on the wrinkles and their movements.
Injections are usually painless and take effect starting from the first week following the treatment. Maximum effect starts at day 15 and lasts 5 to 6 months. Normal muscular contractions resume progressively after that period. Another injection session can be considered when the effect of Botox wears off and a period of at least 3 months is necessary between each treatment.
What precautions should I take before the treatment ?
Precautions to take are the same for Botox and filler injections : no aspirin or anti-inflammatory for 48 hours before the treatment. However, during 24 to 48 hours following the injections, strenuous activities, massages, and steam rooms are advised against.
Can I still work after the injections ?
Botox injections and more generally non-invasive treatments allow patients to resume work right after the treatment. Patients simply have to avoid pressure and massages in the treated areas. Injections rarely cause bruising, but it can occur after the treatment.
Are touch-ups necessary ?
Practitioners can assess the result 10 to 15 days after the treatment to see if a touch-up is necessary.