BOTOX Cosmetic is a revolutionary wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyes and crow’s feet around the eyes. It is not surgery. There is no chance of scarring.
BOTOX Cosmetic is a protein that weakens and inactivates muscles that wrinkle the skin. When BOTOX is injected in extremely small doses directly into a specific muscle, it blocks the signals from the brain from reaching the muscle. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions soften and often disappear. The effect can last from 4 to 5 months.
BOTOX Cosmetic is for those who:
Want to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles
Before your treatment:
Ask your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for BOTOX Cosmetic. Together, you will determine the number and regularity of treatments best for you.
What to expect on procedure day:
Your treatment can be performed in an examination room environment. Since it isn’t a surgical procedure, it does not require a surgery center. Your doctor will inject an extremely small dose of BOTOX Cosmetic into designated facial muscles using a micro-needle. It will only take a few seconds. You might feel a stinging sensation that will subside quickly.
You won’t see the effects of the initial injections for three or four days, and improvements will continue for several days after that. If you experience any discomfort after the procedure, you can use ice compresses or over-the-counter pain medication. You may have a little bit of bruising.
Because this procedure is non-invasive and non-surgical, you may return to your normal activities immediately.
BOTOX Cosmetic, when used in these extremely small doses, has a high level of safety. Since BOTOX proteins are only attracted to muscles, it has no effect on the central nervous system. It does not cause numbness in the area of the injections, and muscles related to other facial expressions are rarely affected. One or two patients in every hundred may experience a temporary drooping of the eyelid, but this usually goes away in a week or two.
Serious complications with Botox Cosmetic are extremely rare, but like any medical procedure, it does have some risks. Going to a specialist experienced in BOTOX injections can significantly minimize the risks. The vast majority of our patients are extremely happy with their appearance after BOTOX cosmetic injection, however, we cannot guarantee you will have the results you desire.
If you decide that BOTOX Cosmetic is an option for you, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Be sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction.