Botox® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), a prescription medicine, is a purified protein that temporarily improves the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in adults younger than 65 years of age. Botox® is the most popular treatment for reducing and eliminating frown muscles between the eyes, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck.
Botox blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eye area.
Botox® Cosmetic, is sometimes referred to “a facelift in a bottle”. When small doses are injected directly into the muscles, impulses from the nerves to the injected muscle causing the wrinkles are blocked – allowing them to relax. This relaxing of the muscle allows the skin to smooth out persistent lines that which developed over time.
Botox treatments usually last about 10-15 minutes and keep the muscles that cause lines relaxed for up to 3 to 4 months. In some cases, with repeated treatments, results are dramatic and apparent within days.
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The problems with aging, that can be solved with Botox® Cosmetic:
It is most helpful for wrinkles that are noticeable when smiling, raising the eyebrows or for crow’s feet around the eyes. These wrinkles are called “dynamic” and tend to be much less obvious when your face is completely relaxed.
Candidates for the procedure are those between ages of 20 and 65. In many cases, wrinkles in people over 65 are “static” and do not change when relaxing the face. Other procedures would work better for these patients, including cosmetic surgery or CO2 resurfacing. Each person is different however, and should have a consultation with one of our skin specialist to determine the most effective treatment plan.
Botox® Cosmetic is injected into each of the target areas with a very small needle. Because the needle is fine, only a small amount of the liquid is injected and the associated discomfort is minimal. Most patients compare the feeling to a light pinch. No sedation or local anesthetic is necessary.
Botox treatment takes up to 3 to 14 days to take full effect , by contracting the facial muscles the result can start to take effect. The results usually last from 3 to 4 months. Often, repeated treatments can lead to longer results. The effects of Botox® Cosmetic are confined to the treatment sites.
As the Botox treatment wears off the wrinkles will begin to reappear but frequently they are not as deep or noticeable. It requires 3 to 4 Botox injections to maintain the smooth, youthful appearance year round. With repeat treatments, the effects tend to last longer thus requiring fewer injections.
No. Most people return to work or normal activities immediately following treatment. It is recommended however, that you avoid exercise, heavy lifting and massaging the injected area for one day.
Botox® has been found to give relief to Migraine sufferers. The treatment of severe headaches really belongs to neurologists, not plastic surgeons, but Botox® for migraine help is gaining acceptance.