Why do we need BOTOX® Cosmetic?Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the contractions of underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh, or frown. The more emotion you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be. While you may have earned your worry lines, you don’t have to show them anymore.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, natures most potent blocker of nerve impulses. A registered trademark of the Allergan Corporation, BOTOX® Cosmetic is costly because it is tedious to manufacture and because no generic substitute is available.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic partially blocks the nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. This causes the muscles that are related to expression to relax. After the solution takes effect, the overlying skin will be smooth and unwrinkled while your untreated facial muscles will still function normally.
What is a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment like?
This is a simple and safe procedure. We use a tiny needle to cause minimal sensation and discomfort and to also allow greater precision in delivery of BOTOX® Cosmetic to the specified facial area. Most patients remark that there is minimal discomfort comparing the sensation to a bug bite. No sedation or anesthetic is required, and you can resume most normal activities immediately. Botox generally takes 2-4 days to take effect reflecting the time necessary to disrupt the synaptic process.
What areas can be treated?
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are primarily used in the upper third of the face. Forehead lines between the eyebrows, and lines around the eyes (“crow’s feet”) respond favorably to Botox. Frown lines (below the mouth) and chin creases may also be improved with a BOTOX® Cosmetic injection, but response here varies among individuals.
Am I a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Most patients are candidates for this procedure if they have dynamic wrinkles and lines. Contraindications generally are minimal therefore making this a suitable treatment for most patients. Patients that are pregnant or have neurological problems are not candidates, but as with all cosmetic procedures check with your physician.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are temporary. On average the effect lasts 3-5 months with individual variations. Early clinical studies have indicated that the duration of treatment benefits are increased over time so that you could require injections less frequently in the future.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic used to treat other conditions?
Over the past two decades the clinical applications for BOTOX® Cosmetic have been numerous. BOTOX® Cosmetic found applicability in the treatment of strabismus, blepharoplasm, hemifacial spasm, spasmodic dysphonia, oromandibular dystonia and cervical dystonia. These are all medical conditions and non-cosmetic in nature.
Are there any side effects to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Temporary bruising of the injection site is the most common side effect. This is indicative of each patient and their normal response to any tissue change. In some cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic can migrate to the wrong muscle causing drooping of the eyelid or unevenness of the brows. With skilled technique and knowledge of the the face and underlying muscles the chances of this are reduced to about 1%. Because the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary.
What results can I expect?
Most patients desire a more youthful appearance. Some prefer to look less “angry”, while others are concerned about preventative therapy. Whatever the reason, the outcomes are the same. Wrinkles that are controlled by muscle movement are decreased and smoothed. Wrinkles that are from sun exposure or not muscle related will not be affected by BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® Cosmetic will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for a facelift or browlift.