Used for over 20 years, Botox® is a safe, muscle-relaxing agent used to treat unwanted, dynamic wrinkles of the face. These include forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines between the brows, cobbling in the chin and banding in the neck. Botox® can also raise the arch of the eyebrow, lift the corners of the mouth, ease excessive sweating in the underarms and palms.
Downtime: None with possible slight bruising. Results generally last an average 3-6 months.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX® is a purified protein used to temporarily relax the wrinkle-causing muscles of the forehead, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows. It received FDA approval in 2002 for cosmetic use.
How is it used?
BOTOX® improves the appearance of worry and frown lines, laugh lines, and other dynamic wrinkles on the face. There is no recovery or downtime associated with this treatment.
What to expect?
It only takes about 10 minutes – a few tiny injections – and within days there is a noticeable improvement. A tiny needle injects a very small amount of BOTOX® precisely, into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. No sedation is required; however, some patients prefer that we use a local anesthetic to numb the skin prior to the injections. You can drive yourself home or back to work. Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the injection site which can usually be covered with make-up.
How long does it last?
The results last up to 4 months, but this depends on the patient and the severity of the wrinkling.