The human face is capable of making over 10,000 different expressions. When we make facial expressions, whether consciously or unconsciously, we contract the small, powerful muscles beneath the skin. Over time, these contractions produce “expression lines” that can convey sadness, anger, or disgust even when a person may not feel that way. Fortunately, BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is an FDA-approved injectable prescription medicine available to improve expression lines and wrinkles to create a more approachable appearance.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can effectively treat moderate to severe wrinkles and lines in both men and women in the following areas:
- Between the brows (glabellar lines)
- Around the sides of the eyes (“crow’s feet”)
BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking the nerve impulses that would normally be sent to the injected muscles. The reduced muscle activity allows the stubborn lines created by consistent muscle contraction to soften. This prevents the skin from wrinkling and produces a more youthful, pleasant appearance. Over 11 million women and men have experienced the proven results of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
No particular preparations are necessary prior to undergoing BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Patients may experience an initial sting from the injection for just a few seconds, but there is generally no discomfort thereafter. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and requires no downtime. Patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.
The smooth, wrinkle-free skin resulting from BOTOX® treatment generally lasts 3 to 6 months. Additional treatments are advised in order to maintain the youthful appearance provided by the injections. Patients may be undergo the procedure several times a year for continued improvement. Injectable BOTOX® Cosmetic is an integral part of the overall strategy for total facial rejuvenation.
Treatment with injectable BOTOX® allows the muscles to be weakened non-surgically with only rare side effects. Be sure to discuss prior surgeries, medical conditions, current medications, and allergies with your doctor prior to undergoing BOTOX® injections.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic
Will my BOTOX® Cosmetic results be permanent?
The results from your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will be visible within a few days of your treatment and can last for several months. As your muscles begin to relax once again, the lines and wrinkles may start to reappear. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can be repeated to maintain results.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic made of?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a protein made from botulinum toxin. While it is considered a toxin, it is a safe, purified substance with numerous medical and cosmetic benefits when injected in the proper muscles with the correct doses. It is important to find a skilled and knowledgeable injectable provider to perform your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
Who is an ideal candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Lines and wrinkles come in two forms: static and dynamic. Static lines result from the natural aging process and tissue damage (such as from sun damage). Dynamic lines are the markings that appear when you make repeated muscle movements. These lines are most common around the eye and mouth areas. Anyone who is frustrated with the appearance of dynamic wrinkles can benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic. Candidates should be in good overall health with no known allergies to the BOTOX® Cosmetic ingredients.
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic replace a facelift?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is highly effective for reducing the signs of aging and can be used for non-surgical facial rejuvenation; however, it cannot be used as an alternative to a facelift. Facelift surgery addresses and tightens the underlying tissues, allowing for more significant correction of facial aging.
Can I combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with other procedures?
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be combined with various non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures (such as dermal fillers) or performed after surgical treatments (such as blepharoplasty) to enhance results. If you would like to combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with other procedures, be sure to discuss this during your consultation. Your surgeon will advise you on how to combine procedures for your desired results.
If you are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment in order to obtain a more youthful, pleasant appearance, please fill out our contact form or call (239) 263-6766 to learn more and schedule your consultation.