- The Effect
- The Procedure
- Best Candidates
- Side Effects
- Recovery Time
- How does BOTOX® reduce the signs of aging?
- Is BOTOX® treatment safe?
- What are the most common areas treated with BOTOX®?
- What are the causes of frown lines and crow’s feet?
- How soon after the treatment will I see results?
- How long does BOTOX® correction last?
- How do I know if I am a candidate for BOTOX®?
- Is it okay to combine BOTOX® with other facial rejuvenation procedures
Initially, BOTOX® or Botulinum toxins have been utilized to treat neck spasms, eye spasms and cranial nerve disorders. With the approval of the FDA, BOTOX® is now widely used for cosmetic purposes in the glabellar region (a smooth prominence on the frontal bone above the root of the nose) to smoothen and even out wrinkles.
Sun exposure and expression lines are just some of the factors that contribute to having fine lines and wrinkles. Through BOTOX®, expression lines such as forehead lines and frown lines are softened and most of the time erased with treatment. Patients who undergo this procedure will get a look that is wide eyed, less angry, and well-rested.
This procedure only takes a few minutes and anesthesia is not necessary. As the BOTOX® is injected into the facial muscles; it blocks the nerve impulses that cause temporary paralysis of the muscles, hence smoothing out wrinkles. At present, BOTOX ® is the only type of botulinum toxin that is approved by the FDA to be used for cosmetic purposes in the area of the glabella region.
Temporary bruising at the injection site is one of the most common side effects of BOTOX® treatment. However, this is usually gone within a couple of days. In exceptional cases, drooping of the eyelid can happen when BOTOX® is injected too close to the eyelid muscles but the effects are only temporary. The other side effects of BOTOX® injection are temporary swelling, some discomfort, or bruising in the area treated. There may also be difficulty in swallowing or dysphagia, upper respiratory infection, i.e. cold or flu, neck pain and headache.
BOTOX ® injection is almost painless although it may take a few days before it actually takes effect. usually, the results of each BOTOX ® injection would last up to about 3 months. Succeeding treatments are necessary for maintenance.
How does BOTOX® reduce the signs of aging?
Following treatment, you can return to your normal activities, and treated areas should be handled with care. Avoid using Retin-A, alphahydroxy acids, glycolic acids and astringents. You may clean the area using mild soap and water. You should also avoid tanning and use a sunscreen on any treated areas exposed to the sun.
Is BOTOX® treatment safe?
BOTOX® treatment is safe. BOTOX® has been widely used for over 10 years now in the treatment of ophthalmological and neurological disorders.
What are the most common areas treated with BOTOX®?
The most common areas treated with BOTOX® are around the eye area, commonly known as crow’s feet, and on the forehead area where frown lines appear. BOTOX® is used in these areas in order to reduce or diminish fine lines and furrows that are visible. BOTOX® may also be used in the treatment of prominent neck bands or cords. Even though BOTOX® is used mostly on the upper face area, great results have also been achieved after treatment of the upper lips, marionette lines (deep lines that form below the corners of your mouth and run down onto the chin), and rippling of the chin. BOTOX® injections are also widely used and effective in the treatment of excess sweating of the palms, soles and armpits.
What are the causes of frown lines and crow’s feet?
Frown lines and crow’s feet are what doctors call “dynamic wrinkles”. They are known as such due to the repetitive movement of an underlying muscle. As you age, your skin becomes less taut and repetitive movements such as squinting or frowning leads to the skin being wrinkled and having creases.
How soon after the treatment will I see results?
Yes, in fact, BOTOX® is a suitable adjunctive treatment to facial rejuvenation procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, cosmetic fillers, ThermaLift non-surgical facelift and laser skin rejuvenation