How Does Botox Work?


As we age, there may be signs of wrinkles and lines on the face that you may not have noticed in the past. Especially in the new year, we are often trying to focus on improvements and notice things that we might want to change. Botox is often a go-to solution to soften the signs of aging yet sometimes not understood on how it works, what it feels like and the results. Below is some additional information on using Botox to counter frown lines, crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is a highly purified toxin that gently and temporarily eliminates unsightly wrinkles from the face. Every day, the muscles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead contract hundreds, if not thousands of times. These muscle contractions eventually lead to the appearance of age identifying wrinkles. Botox injections slow down these muscles so that they contract less. The result is wrinkles are greatly reduced – if not totally disappeared — temporarily. Additionally, Botox can actually lift the corners of the mouth that sag, smooth out a “pin cushion” look in some chins, soften and reduce smoker’s lines around the mouth and even soften vertical neck cords. Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, and it’s a common technique for women in the local area. Botox is a safe procedure that gives many women the more youthful appearance.

Is Botox Numbing?

Many women are hesitant to get Botox treatments because they are afraid that the treatment will leave their face feeling numb or frozen. When applied by a skillful plastic surgeon, like Dr. Comizio, Botox will not make you feel numb, frozen, or “plastic.” You will simply have the wrinkle-free, more youthful appearance that you desire.

Does Boxtox Hurt?

Like all injections, Botox can cause slight discomfort during the injections. Icing the area or applying a local anesthetic before the Botox injection can alleviate this pain.

Are There Side Effects?

Side effects from Botox are rare, but some patients may experience slight bruising, while about 1-5% of patients may have slight droopiness in their eye or eyebrow, which will typically go away within two weeks.

Best Age for Botox?

Wrinkles are not necessarily based on age – therefore the time you start is subjective. As soon as you have wrinkles that make you feel self-conscious, you can begin Botox injections. Botox is also used by both women and men and can help boost confidence.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is a temporary solution, and it will take multiple injections to have lasting results. A typical Botox injection lasts about 3 1/2 to 4 months. When you get Botox injections with Dr. Comizio, she will monitor your progress and results over time to come up with a personalized treatment plan for you.

What Are The Next Steps?

If you’re ready to say “goodbye” to unsightly wrinkles, simply call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Comizio to devise a Botox treatment plan for you. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Comizio in Morristown today by calling (973) 775-9248.