Did You Know Botox Could Do This?

Botox has been around for so many years now that there aren’t many adults who haven’t heard of this cosmetic treatment. Botox is revered for its ability to rejuvenate the face. It is commonly used to reduce the signs of aging around the eyes, including crow’s feet and drooping brows. It is so frequently associated with these particular concerns that you may be overlooking something else that Botox can do: rejuvenate your neck.

There are muscle located on the front of the neck just as there are on the back of the neck. And we use them. We just don’t feel their movement very much. At some point, though, when collagen and elastin decline, we see the effects of the movements of platysma muscles. The frequent use of these muscles results in horizontal lines on the neck that we refer to as platysmal bands. When lines develop on the neck, they age the face, too. Fortunately, when lines develop on the neck, a few injections of Botox can smooth them.

How Botox Works on the Neck

Botox acts on muscles by inserting tiny amounts of a purified protein into tissue. When absorbed, this protein attaches to neuroreceptors, preventing the transmission of messages that cause the muscle to contract. When the muscle relaxes, the lines in the overlying skin decrease. The effects of Botox develop in 5 to 7 days after treatment and fade gradually over 4 to 6 months. As needed, treatment can be repeated to maintain smooth skin.

Convenience at its Finest

There are several benefits to Botox treatment. Primarily, patients appreciate that Botox injections do not take much time. The average appointment lasts less than 30 minutes. Additionally, the side effects of treatment are so mild and short-lived that they do not interrupt patients’ busy schedules. Other than mild redness and swelling where injections are administered, Botox typically does not cause significant side effects.

Schedule Your Botox Treatment with Us

Your neck does not have to age your face. A quick Botox treatment can decrease neck bands for several months. To schedule your treatment in our Houston or Sugar Land office, call 713.271.9000.

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