After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes, nose, mouth, forehead and neck will often develop deep lines or wrinkles called “expression lines.” A frequent concern is that they often make you look mad, older, tired and stressed. Botox is a muscle-relaxing agent that can be used to significantly decrease expression lines at rest.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. Ophthalmologists have used BOTOX® for over 20 years for the treatment of blepharospasm. BOTOX® is now FDA approved to treat the frown lines and Crows feet and is also used on other areas of the face and neck to correct the visible signs of stress and aging. BOTOX® may also be used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating of the axillary (underarms), palms of hands, and soles of feet.
How does BOTOX® work?
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® simply prevents the muscle from allowing responses to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin becomes unwrinkled and smooth with time and repeated treatments.
What is treatment like?
With a very fine needle, BOTOX® is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment, you may resume regular activities!
How long does a BOTOX® treatment last?
The maximum effect occurs 2 weeks after injection. The effects usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several treatments, the muscles can shrink and results may last longer.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects of BOTOX® if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxins contain proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, notify us so we may begin appropriate therapy.
What type of results will I see?
Once the muscle becomes dormant and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance. Best results are achieved with repeated and extended treatments to prevent the muscle from regaining strength and allowing the skin to relax. The goal of treatment is to improve lines at rest and not create a frozen or unnatural look. Botox can also be used with other treatments offered at Refelctions Med Spa to achieve your desired outcome. We offer individual consultations to determine if BOTOX® is right for you.