BOTOX is a protein serum used by physicians to treat and prevent wrinkles on the face caused by underlying muscle contraction. It is one of the best non-surgical forms of facial rejuvenation available today and is capable of producing dramatic results in a short amount of time.
The Way it Works
Botox works by partially blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles. The result is that the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. Untreated muscles continue to function, thus maintaining normal facial expression. This is, however, only temporary. Scientific studies have proven that the treated muscles regain full function within 3 to 6 months. A longer-term solution can be achieved surgically with the endoscopic forehead lift.
Safety of Botox®
Botox has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective therapy drug since 1989 and has been used effectively as such for over 20 years. The most common side effect is bruising. Botox should not be used in pregnant women and individuals with neurological conditions.
The most commonly treated areas include the vertical and horizontal forehead lines, and lines around the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Botox is also effective in preventing the development of these lines in individuals who see early signs of wrinkling. If administered judiciously, Botox can also be used to treat lines around the mouth. Botox will not improve sagging skin, damage from sun exposure, or lines not caused by muscle contraction.
In order to avoid discomfort and to allow greater precision of delivery, the physician uses a tiny needle to administer Botox to the specified facial area. Most patients remark that discomfort is minimal and lasts only briefly. Botox generally takes 2-4 days to take effect. A few benefits of this procedure are:
- Effective for treatment of:
- Forehead lines
- Vertical lines between the brows
- Lines forming at the corners of eyes
- Can assist in treatment of lines around mouth
- Easy to tolerate with minimal pain and no downtime
- Safe and effective
- Dr. Thompson personally performs all Botox cosmetic injections
No sedation or anesthetic is required and normal activities can be resumed immediately. Mild bruising occurs occasionally but can easily be covered with makeup.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I see results from my Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Within 5-7 days you may see a marked improvement in the treated areas with continued improvement for up to 30 days. With the muscle
paralyzed, the lines will soften over time with repeated use Botox. Individual results may vary.
How long does Botox last?
Visible results have been shown to last anywhere from 4-6 months. Most patients feel treatments are needed at 4 month intervals but with continued use, the muscle weakens and treatment is not needed as often.
Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, Dr. Thompson often numbs the area with a cold ice pack. The actual treatment typically takes about 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows. Cases of faces looking “frozen” are due to misuse or overuse of Botox by the treating injector.
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic. See theMedication Guide for a list of ingredients in BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic.
- had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
- have a skin infection at the planned injection site
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby.
- are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.
What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.
Do treatment results differ?
Yes, individual results may vary. To get the best results, it’s important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic.