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Botox® may be a household name, but that doesn’t mean everyone understands how it works. Here, our experts cover the basics of Botox and answer your questions about this timeless anti-aging treatment.

When you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the face staring back at you, it’s time to take action. But where to begin? Is it better to try the latest trend or stick with something tried and true?

The good news is you don’t have to decide on your own.

At Serenity Women’s Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, we offer a variety of aesthetic services, from fillers to laser treatments. We also proudly offer the industry’s longest-standing injectable: Botox®.

Whether you’re just hearing about Botox or you’ve been on the fence for years, we’ve got the answers to all of your questions. Here’s a closer look at Botox and how it works to restore your youthful glow.

Getting back to the basics

Botox has a storied past. It was discovered after a botulism breakout in Belgium in 1895, was used to treat crossed eyes in the 1970s, and finally got approved to treat wrinkles in 2002. Since then, millions of men and women have turned to Botox to turn back the hands of time on their appearance.

Here’s how it works.

Botox injections start with a purified and safe form of a toxin from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The toxin has a temporarily paralytic effect that prevents your muscles from contracting.

It may seem strange to purposefully paralyze your muscles, but Botox has proved time and again to be as safe as it is effective.

What Botox can do for you

Botox is still the gold standard for addressing the most common and frustrating sign of aging: wrinkles — but not just any wrinkles.

Botox injections reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which develop after years of repetitive muscle movements and contractions. As you age, the areas of your face that see the most action (your eyes, mouth, nose, and forehead) gradually develop expression lines.

Once we inject Botox, your facial muscles stop contracting, preventing those creases from showing up when you make a face, smile, or frown.

The best part? There’s no wrong time to get Botox. In fact, we recommend you get it earlier rather than later as a preventive measure.

To round out your anti-aging regimen, consider getting Botox and dermal fillers together. Dermal fillers address the other type of wrinkles (static wrinkles) that appear when your face is at rest.

What to expect

We love Botox because it’s effective and simple. A typical session takes around 10 minutes from start to finish, so you could squeeze a treatment in over your lunch break. Results develop quickly — within the first day or two — and there’s little to no downtime.

Any side effects you experience should be mild and can include redness or tenderness at the injection site. To ensure you get the best, most natural results, we recommend you avoid touching or rubbing your face to prevent the toxin from migrating to other areas of your face. That can not only impact your results, but it can also lead to facial weakness or drooping.

Want a life with a face that looks as young as you feel? We’ve got you covered. Call or click to schedule an appointment with our team of cosmetic injection specialists today.

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