How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

How Does Botox Help Minimize Smile Lines?

Laughing a lot is great, but the accompanying wrinkles that come with the laugh are sometimes not funny. Medical practitioners have used Botox for decades to treat facial creases and wrinkles. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The name Botox comes from a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Additionally, Botox was the first injectable botulinum toxin and is therefore very popular.


How Botox Works on Smile Lines

Smile lines result from several factors such as smoking, sun exposure, and aging. However, aging is the most natural cause of smile lines. These wrinkles that appear around the mouth are of varying depths and become more visible when you smile.

Botox is a treatment that does not involve surgery. It weakens or freezes the injected muscle temporarily. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist uses a small needle to inject the Botox below a patient's skin right into the facial muscle.


Procedure for Botox Smile Treatment

The procedure for treating your smile lines with Botox is simple, and here's what you should expect:

  • Once you arrive for your appointment, you will fill out medical paperwork.
  • You may have to wear a gown over your clothes for sanitary purposes.
  • Your doctor will clean off your face to take off any dirt or makeup.
  • Your practitioner will then use a very narrow needle to inject the Botox directly into the muscle that surrounds your mouth. You will feel a tingling sensation and a prick.
  • After the procedure, your doctor will take you through the aftercare requirements. At this point, you can ask any questions you may have.


What to Expect After the Treatment?

Recovery after getting a Botox smile is usually minimal. Thus, you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately. You can also drive yourself back home or even resume work after the treatment. However, you should avoid touching your face or lying on your face for at least four hours after the procedure. Additionally, wait for 24 hours before doing any strenuous activity like exercising.

The tingling or stinging sensation may subside after a couple of days. The maximum results of the procedure occur after 14 days; however, you will start seeing results within three to six days. It is vital to note that Botox results are not permanent. You will need to get your treatments after every three to six months to get your smile lines to disappear again.


What Are the Risks or Side Effects of Getting Botox for Smile Lines?

Botox is a safe procedure, and it has minimal side effects. However, if the injection fluid spreads, there could be a small risk of botulinum toxicity. So contact your doctor if you experience trouble speaking or difficulty breathing.

 The procedure’s minor side effects usually resolve themselves. Such side effects may include:

  • Pain around the mouth area.
  • Drooling.
  • Numbness around the injected area.
  • Headache.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness or bruising.


Who Should Not Go for a Botox Treatment?

You should consult your doctor whether you are eligible for Botox treatment. But pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and individuals with neurological diseases are not the best candidates for Botox. 

For more on how Botox helps minimize smile lines, visit Levenson Smile at our office in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can call 508-731-3940 today to schedule an appointment.


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