Botulinum toxin (Type A), also known as BOTOX or BOTOX Cosmetic, is a natural, purified protein that relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Small doses of the protein are injected through tiny needles at precise points in your face to smooth the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, the kind that are caused by your everyday facial expressions over time. BOTOX works by inhibiting the nerve signal that causes muscles to contract, leaving your skin naturally smoother and younger-looking. As one of the most effective cosmetic tools for long-term wrinkle reduction, BOTOX is often used for:
Other common cosmetic uses for BOTOX include balancing facial asymmetry and relaxing tight neck bands. BOTOX can also be used medically to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating underneath the arms.
Age can make the skin on your face more susceptible to wrinkling, sagging, and uneven skin tone. The facial muscles that help you express yourself, chew, squint, and talk start to break down after years of use, putting you in a state called facial deflation. Facial deflation, which begins at about the age of 30 and progresses over time, is responsible for the flattened cheeks, thinning lips, and narrowing temples that are so widespread among middle-aged adults. Fillers, also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are minimally invasive injectable cosmetic products that help rejuvenate facial skin and add facial volume. These products, which may be made with collagen, hyaluronic acid, or calcium hydroxyl apatite, can smooth wrinkles and subtly plump the face to help reverse age-related facial deflation. The Anti-Aging Institute offers several dermal fillers designed to suit a variety of needs, including:
BOTOX and dermal fillers are among the most commonly requested aesthetic procedures because they deliver immediate and subtle results, carry very few risks or side effects, and require little to no recovery time. As with any cosmetic treatment, however, results vary from person to person. BOTOX cosmetic injections usually last for 3 to 6 months, while BOTOX injections to treat excessive sweating may last closer to 8 months. Dermal fillers typically last anywhere from a few months to a year.
*Individual Results May Vary
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