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How Botox Treatments Help Your Skin

There is nothing wrong with having sagging skin. In fact, many people are proud of their wrinkles.

They see these furrows in their skin as signs of a life well-lived. Wrinkles represent experience and wisdom, and many people wouldn’t want to get rid of them no matter what.

However, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to address wrinkles and sagging skin in favor of a younger looking appearance.

While there are a couple of different ways to accomplish this task, Botox injections provide one of the safest, most effective ways available.

What Causes Wrinkles?

It may seem like a basic and silly question, but what truly causes wrinkles to form?

While there are a couple of ways to go about answering this question, the answer most directly related to Botox injections is that wrinkles are caused by tight muscles that pull down on the skin.

Therefore, if these tight muscles were somehow able to relax, the wrinkles would, logically, decrease.

This is the theory behind Botox injections.

Botox is made up of a protein derived from a neurotoxin known as Clostridium Botulinum. Long ago, researchers found that this neurotoxin could serve to relax muscles of the body. When used appropriately and in small doses, the injectable can locally relax muscles for a period of time, thereby reducing the stretch on the overlying skin, which, in turn, reduces wrinkles.

Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Botox?

While every person is different, and you should provide your dermatologist with a detailed medical history before receiving Botox injections, side effects are almost exclusively mild with regards to Botox.

Specifically, those who receive Botox injections can probably expect to have some soreness and light swelling near the injection site for a few days after the procedure.

In more unusual cases, a patient might experience some headaches or even some facial drooping near the injection site. While this may be alarming, this is not unheard of with Botox injections. These symptoms tend to occur when the medication spreads slightly farther than it should have, affecting other, unintended muscles.

Still, if your facial muscles ever start to droop, you should contact your doctor immediately. Facial drooping may be completely benign or it may be an indication of a more serious problem unrelated to the Botox, such as a stroke.

Should I Get Dermal Fillers or Botox?

To be honest, it’s not really an “either or” question. Many people get both dermal fillers and Botox injections over their life time, even though the treatments are different in a variety of ways.

Talk with your dermatologist about what cosmetic treatment will best serve your needs. You may benefit from Botox or dermal fillers in isolation, or both treatments used in tandem.


If you’re now convinced that you want to receive Botox injections, all that’s left to do is to call your local dermatologist and set up an appointment. Botox treatments are quick and painless. Before you know it, you’ll be looking like a younger version of yourself, free from wrinkles!

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