Permanent facial creases, called “dynamic wrinkles,” are the result of the use of facial muscles over years of time. Dynamic wrinkles deepen with age and often create a tense, stressed appearance. Using Botox cosmetic injections, we are able to relax select facial muscles, limiting their ability to contract. After treatment, the overlying skin lays flat and unwrinkled while untreated facial muscles contract in normal fashion, allowing normal facial expressions to be unaffected. Botox treats forehead creases, frown lines between the brows, and crow’s feet.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium that is non-surgically administered to temporarily reduce moderate-to-severe frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet for patients ages 18-65. During treatment, very low doses of Botox are administered via injection directly to the muscles, smoothing creases within a few days with results lasting up to four months. Results may vary.
How does Botox work?
Dynamic wrinkles are the result of muscle activity, which is why Botox is injected directly into the affected muscle. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle, reducing the activity of the muscles that cause the lines to form.
When will I see results from a Botox treatment?
Within a few days, you may notice an improved appearance of your facial creases. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to four months. In clinical trials, nearly 90 percent of men and women rated their appearance as moderate-to-better one month after treatment. Results may vary.
How long does Botox Cosmetic last?
Results from treatment can last up to four months. If you choose to discontinue treatment, the wrinkles will gradually look like they did prior to treatment.
Who should administer Botox Cosmetic?
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer Botox, though dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, and other physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. One of these physicians can help you to decide if Botox is right for you.
Is treatment with Botox painful?
Treatment discomfort is typically minimal and brief. Prior to injection, the area may be numbed with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes only about 10 minutes. Many patients are in and out of the office without downtime.
Who should not use Botox Cosmetic?
Botox should not be used in the presence of infection at the injection site or in individuals with hyper sensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Easton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. See full prescribing information for more details.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a Botox treatment will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve had “hard work” done. The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatment?
If you choose to discontinue treatment, the moderate to severe brow and frown lines will gradually look like they did before treatment.
Is Botox Cosmetic affordable?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, Botox Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, Botox Cosmetic is one of the low-entry cost facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Consult with your doctor for more information.
Do treatment results differ?
To obtain the best results possible, it is important to receive Botox Cosmetic injections from an experienced doctor. You may want to consider choosing a physician from the Botox Cosmetic Physicians’ Network, who all have medical practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience in injecting Botox. Dr. Malhotra of the Enhanced Image Center is a proud member of the Botox Cosmetic Physicians’ Network.