BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe lines of the upper face. With real, noticeable results within days, and with no surgery or recovery time, this treatment has been chosen by millions of individuals (both men and women) and their medical providers as their rejuvenation procedure of choice. In fact, BOTOX® is one of the most common and popular cosmetic procedures in the history of plastic surgery!
BOTOX® Cosmetic and its alternatives (such as Dysport® and Xeomin®) are known as “neuromodulators”. They work by temporarily relaxing specific muscles to prevent their contraction, resulting in an improved cosmetic appearance that lasts 3-4 months for most people. BOTOX® Cosmetic is indicated for the frown lines between the eyebrows, known as the “glabella”, as well as the horizontal lines on the forehead and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes. There are a number of other areas on the face and body where Botox® can safely be injected, however these other areas are considered “off-label”. Some of these areas that are frequently treated “off-label” include the “bunny lines” around the nose, the platysmal bands in the neck, and the downturned corners of the mouth. It can even be used to soften a square-shaped jaw line!
People develop lines or wrinkles in their face for a number of reasons: age, genetics, lifestyle factors, sun exposure, and strong facial expressions. When we make facial expressions, the muscles under the skin contract, and the skin moves with it. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest and are often the first lines to form in an otherwise youthful face. Over time, the skin can develop a crease in that area that does not go away, even when relaxed.
In addition to improving the appearance of certain types of facial lines, BOTOX® and other neuromodulators can be used to treat a variety of other medical conditions including migraine headaches, persistent muscle spasm, stiffness in the neck and arms, certain types of eye muscle problems, and to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (“axillary hyperhidrosis”).
Injection of BOTOX® takes approximately 15 minutes and any discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Possible temporary side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding or bruising. Most people will notice that Botox® and Xeomin® start to work in about a week, while Dysport® tends to produce results even sooner (two to three days on average). We recommend that all our patients return to our office two weeks after their first treatment for a “perfection check” to ensure you are pleased with the results and everything looks “perfect”! The results will continue to improve over the next 30 days and should last between 3-4 months for most people (results may vary).
The goal of any treatment in our office is a natural result. Although your BOTOX® injection results will be visible, treatment will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” While the muscle activity in the treatment area will be reduced, you should still be able to make expressions with your face. At your consultation we will discuss the areas on your face that concern you the most, and review your treatment goals.
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*Individual Results May Vary