Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein that relaxes the muscles under the skin. Overactive muscle contraction, combined with age-related loss of collagen under the skin, is responsible for much of the wrinkling effect seen on aging faces. By forcing the muscle to relax in a certain area, the wrinkling disappears or at least improves significantly.
Botox® Cosmetic is an excellent treatment for the frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead creases, crow's feet around the eyes, lines on the upper lip caused by pursing the lips and down turned corners of the mouth.
Botox® Cosmetic can also be used to elevate the brows, resulting in a more youthful appearance. This has been referred to as a “chemical brow lift”. A chemical brow lift can recreate a more arched, youthful brow, producing similar results to a traditional brow lift but without the surgery.
FAQS - BOTOX
Who is a Candidate for Botox® Cosmetic?
Since it acts by relaxing muscles, it is more effective for the treatment of "dynamic" wrinkles (those that appear while using facial muscles, such as smiling or frowning) than on "static" wrinkles, which are there all the time. If you a desire a more youthful look by elevating your brow, Botox® Cosmetic is also an excellent choice.
Is Botox® Cosmetic Safe?
Physicians have used botulinum toxin safely and extensively for more than 20 years to treat a variety of muscular diseases as well as wrinkles. The injection causes temporary weakness of only those muscles injected.
What Should I Expect?
Botox® Cosmetic injection treatments are attractive because they are relatively inexpensive and require no recovery time. Injections are done with a fine needle and require no anesthesia. By carefully choosing the muscles to treat, we weaken only the wrinkle-producing muscles while preserving natural facial expression. Treatment takes about 15 minutes.
Most patients can return to work immediately. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for the first 24 hours after the injection. The effect is not immediate. It usually takes three to five days to reduce muscle movement. But results will be apparent within days. Potential risks are thoroughly discussed with you before your first treatment.
How Long Will it Last?
An improvement can be seen within days and usually lasts 3 – 6 months, although results may vary. After repeated treatment cycles, the effects may last longer.
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