Fine facial lines and wrinkles are common as we age, especially in people who have had a lot of sun exposure. Botox injections can smooth these problem areas. Botox is one brand of a substance derived from botulinum toxin. Tiny amounts are injected into specific areas of the face or neck to relax muscles, which smooths lines and wrinkles on overlying skin. It’s used for areas such as frown lines between eyebrows, crow’s feet and horizontal forehead wrinkles.
Once injected, Botox usually takes 5 days to start working. The results typically last from three to six months, so you’ll need follow-up treatments to maintain the results. The long-term effects of Botox can be cumulative, so there is a good chance that over time, you would need to have less and less injected. When done by a skilled plastic surgeon, these treatments are extremely safe and do not cause you to lose your natural facial expressions.