Botox is a popular, safe and effective injectable that combats aging. Botox reduces facial lines and creases. Injections reduce the strength of targeted muscles in the face, softening their contraction. The skin wrinkles from the contraction of specific facial muscles. Over time these wrinkles become permanent wrinkles in the skin even at rest.
Periodic injections of Botox not only prevent most skin wrinkles, but milder static wrinkles may be improved as well.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic, produced by Allergan, Inc., is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. For over a decade ophthalmologists have used Botox Cosmetic for its original intention, the treatment of blepharospasm. Physicians have utilized Botox Cosmetic for years as a cosmetic treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging.
How does Botox Cosmetic work?
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. Botox Cosmetic simply prevents the muscle from responding to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.
What is a Botox Cosmetic treatment like?
With a very fine needle, Botox Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment with Botox Cosmetic, you may resume regular activities!
How long does a Botox Cosmetic treatment last?
The effects of Botox Cosmetic usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several BotoxCosmetic treatments, the results may last 4 to 8 months or longer. Botox Cosmetic offers extended relief over the course of long-term treatment.
Are there any possible side effects of Botox?
Side effects of Botox Cosmetic, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxin contains proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising after Botox injections is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, please return to our office.
What type of results will I see with Botox?
Typically, the effect of Botox Cosmetic is visible within 3 days. Maximum benefits are reached between 10 to 14 days. Once the muscle relaxes and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance. Botox Cosmetic treatments are not a substitute for the results achieved with a face lift. The optimum appearance may be achieved with Botox Cosmetic therapy in conjunction with a face lift, laser resurfacing, and skin rejuvenation.