When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can not only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements, they can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed.
What can BOTOX® treatments do for me?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country and one of our most requested services. Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, BOTOX® gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow’s feet beneath the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.
In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX® may be useful for treating migraine headaches, excessive sweating, chronic back and jaw pain, and muscle spasms.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
BOTOX® is the brand name for botulinum toxin A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. Originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX® was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value.
Physicians have been using BOTOX® Cosmetic for years as a treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging. The medication relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. When injected in small doses in specific areas, BOTOX® blocks nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. In this way, BOTOX® smoothes the lines in the skin that make you look tired or angry.
Candidates for BOTOX®
A good candidate for BOTOX® treatment may be anyone looking to enhance their appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that patients seeking treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder.
Men and women considering BOTOX® treatment should have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with your doctor to ensure that your goals can be achieved.
The BOTOX® Procedure
Using a very fine needle, a qualified physician will inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into designated muscles in your face that are causing lines and wrinkles. You may experience brief, mild discomfort during the injection, but you can be assured that the treatment is very safe and effective. Taking only a few minutes, BOTOX® treatment requires no anesthetic and recovery is immediate, allowing you to return to work and resume your normal daily activities that same day.
The Importance of Choosing a Qualified Physician
Even though BOTOX® is not a surgical procedure, it is very important to choose a highly experienced and qualified physician when deciding to undergo BOTOX® treatments. Doctors who are less familiar with the technique could leave you looking “frozen” or perpetually surprised. Our doctors are intimately familiar with BOTOX® Cosmetic, having successfully treated hundreds of patients at our office. Not only that, we also take the time to talk with each candidate before beginning the injections to find out what he or she wants to achieve and to determine how best to correct their problem area(s), so patients can be happy again with their smoother, younger-looking faces.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
Immediately following the BOTOX® treatment, some patients may experience mild bruising, which will go away shortly. You will see your wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours, with continued improvement over the next 5 days. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically last up to four months, although many have reported results lasting up to a full year. After several BOTOX® treatments, the results may be prolonged.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will relax the muscles in your face and soften the skin, giving you a more relaxed and youthful appearance. For optimum results, many patients choose to use BOTOX® in conjunction with a facelift, skin rejuvenation therapy, and/or laser skin resurfacing.
Risks and Side Effects of BOTOX®
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects caused by BOTOX® are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. In rare cases, slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression may occur. Any risk of complication can be reduced by choosing a qualified and experienced physician.
Do BOTOX Injections Hurt?
We deliver BOTOX® Cosmetic injections with a very tiny needle. Most patients say they feel the injections remind them of a pinprick and aren’t painful. Local anesthetic isn’t necessary. However, if you’d like topical numbing cream prior to your BOTOX session, all you have to do is ask.
Are BOTOX Injections Safe?
When the FDA first approved BOTOX for cosmetic use in 2002, there was a good deal of concern — they’re injecting the bacteria that cause botulism! But when scientists were first researching the botulinum toxin, they found that if it is injected into a muscle in very miniscule amounts, the toxin simply causes the muscle to stop contracting. There weren’t any other effects. It does this by blocking the nerve messages from the muscle to the brain. Since its debut, BOTOX® Cosmetic is far and away the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure, year in and year out. Millions of devoted users swear by its safety…and effectiveness.
One thing that is important with BOTOX® Cosmetic is the skill set and knowledge of facial anatomy of the injector. This is because BOTOX injected into the wrong muscle can cause issues such as a droopy eyelid. The team at Advanced Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Center has received specific training with BOTOX and has years of experience.
One thing you need to be aware of — after your session, don’t rub your injection sites for the first 24 hours. This can cause the BOTOX® Cosmetic to migrate to an unwanted muscle.
How Long Will My BOTOX Injections Last?
Patients can have somewhat different durations with their BOTOX® Cosmetic results. This is due to varying metabolic rates between different people. In general, BOTOX® Cosmetic delivers wrinkle control for 4-6 months. Some people enjoy results that endure beyond that timeframe. Plus, there is some evidence that repeated injection sessions “train” the muscles to relax, so they don’t contract as deeply and BOTOX® Cosmetic results can last longer.
Will BOTOX Make It Seem Like I Have Had Work Done?
Experienced injectors, such as the team at Advanced Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Center, effectively use BOTOX® Cosmetic to basically erase crow’s feet, the 11s, and some forehead lines. The patient doesn’t appear drawn or unnatural, because those muscles that form wrinkles simply don’t contract, so the wrinkles don’t show on the skin surface.