Botox Treatments in Oklahoma City
At Belle Âme
At A Glance
- Best for smoothing dynamic wrinkles such as those in the brow.
- Reduces or eliminates forehead lines and frown lines.
- Reduces or eliminates “crowsfeet”
- Lasts several months between treatments.
- Initial results visible same day.
Botox, the aesthetic industry’s favorite proven go-to treatment for curbing a wide variety of visual signs of aging.
Botox is a medical grade botulinum toxin that is injected in safe amounts into the muscles under the skin that are responsible for fine lines such as crows feet and brow furrows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, relaxing them so that the skin over them doesn’t wrinkle.
Botox is a sterile, purified form of Botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxic protein produced by Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. Medical professionals use it in minute concentrations for therapeutic purposes.
Botox can treat various conditions, including migraines, excessive sweating, muscle spasms, as well as some bladder and bowel disorders. But most frequently, Botox injections serve to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. It prevents the nerve cell signals from reaching the muscles under the skin and, thus, paralyze them. As a result, wrinkles cannot form when we make facial expressions, such as smiling, frowning, or squinting.
A technician who is certified to administer Botox injects a small concentration of the toxin in the patient’s facial muscles. After that, they slowly start to relax until they completely stop contracting. At that point, fine lines and mild wrinkles disappear, and the face looks younger and fresher. If the patients have more severe wrinkles, there are more effective treatments for that.
What Is Botox Used For?
Botox is a powerful and non-invasive anti-aging agent. It targets fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin, and slows down and diminishes the signs of aging.
Frown lines are the vertical lines that form on the lower part of the forehead between the eyebrows. They appear from excessive frowning and are, therefore, also referred to as worry lines. Typically, there are two or more parallel wrinkles that get more pronounced with age. They are also the first ones to become deep burrows and are especially unflattering as they give the face an angry look.
The horizontal lines that form on the forehead are another by-product of facial expressions. The forehead is a prominent area of the face, so the wrinkles there are particularly noticeable. Often, they give the face a surprised look or make the person appear older than they are.
Deep furrows are severe wrinkles that have become static. That means they are always visible on the face, whether there is any dynamic muscle movement or not. They occur with old age, dehydration, and fatty tissue loss in the deep layers of the skin, depletion of collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, and gravity, which causes the skin to become lax and sag over time.
Crow’s feet are static laugh lines on the outer edges of the eyes. They appear in clusters and spread toward the lateral parts of the face. Not only do they have an aging effect on a person, but they also make one look exhausted.
When combined with a filler, Botox can “lift” the corners of the mouth to address the look of a frown which affects some people with age. Botox may prolong the effectiveness of fillers when strategically used in combination.
Botox Lip Flip
Botox can also be injected into the muscles surrounding the mouth. The goal is to relax them just enough to plump up the lips but keep the full mobility of the muscle.
Smokers’ lines form around the mouth after years of excessive habitual smoking. They typically appear along the borders of the lips and are vertical, numerous, and pronounced.
Age and gravity cause the skin to move downward affecting our eyes and brows, sometimes causing a droopy look. As the forehead and the brows start to droop, excess skin forms layers over the top eyelid. This creates a weary look on a person’s face. Botox can improve the droopy brows look and serve as a brow lift that plumps and smoothes the skin around the eyebrows.
Botox is one of the most effective non-invasive anti-aging medical treatments available today. If used as a preventive measure, it can significantly delay the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other early signs of aging.
Botox is comfortable, convenient, and superbly efficient at preventing the formation of wrinkles. The effects of Botox tend to be seen within 7–10 days.
Botox is usually effective for three to four months, afterward it begins to lose its efficacy. Botox can be re-administered 3–4 times a year.
What Is a Botox Session Like?
Botox treatments are generally not painful. Sessions normally last around 10–15 minutes. Botox units are delivered with a fine gauge needle. You may experience slight discomfort, similar to having blood drawn. The procedure is usually quite comfortable but if you desire, a topical numbing cream can be applied to the area beforehand.
Is There Downtime?
No, Botox injections don’t require any downtime. Patients are free to continue with their daily routine immediately after the session. However, many clients choose to rest for a day or two until the needle redness and swelling disappear.
Are There Any Risks?
Apart from the discomfort of the needle prick, patients experience no pain in-office. In rare cases you may experience the following side-effects post-treatment:
- local swelling or redness
- droopy lids
- neck pain
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
While the vast majority of patients respond well to the treatment and feel no side effects, if you do experience any of these symptoms, they will quickly go away on their own.
Botox vs. Face Fillers
Botox and facial fillers serve similar and complimentary purposes through very different methods. Fillers are a highly localized and precise method of plumping the skin at the site of a line or wrinkle which has formed as a static crease in the skin. Botox on the other hand, paralyzes the muscle and keeps new lines from forming when expressions and muscle movements otherwise would form a line in the skin. As mentioned previously, this also means that Botox can help prevent the formation of new static lines as well.