What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a therapeutic muscle relaxing agent that contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. It is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.
How does it work?
Botox targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet- the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting. Injected Botox temporarily reduces muscle activity by blocking nerve impulses to the muscle. Because the muscle cannot contract, the formation of deeper, more prominent wrinkles is prevented and there is a visible smoothing of existing lines.
Are you a candidate for Botox?
Botox is ideal for those patients who want to decrease facial lines and wrinkles without facial surgery. Botox gives you the freedom to take years off your facial appearance with little downtime. Generally anyone in good physical health, who is not pregnant or nursing, and does not have a neuromuscular disorder is a candidate for Botox.
What to expect during Botox treatments?
During your appointment Dr. Ness will consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for BOTOX® and which areas to treat. A numbing cream will be applied to your face 5 to 15 minutes prior to treatment. Botox will be administered with a fine needle directly into the muscles causing your lines and wrinkles. The treatment itself takes about 10 minutes, and it’s often referred to as a lunchtime procedure as you will be able to go about your daily routine immediately after.
What results can you expect?
Immediately after treatment Botox sets into the injected muscle, with noticeable fading of wrinkles within 3-5 days. The final result is obtained 7 to 14 days post-treatment, and the effects typically last about 3-4 months.
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects of Botox are usually mild and temporary and occur in a small percentage of patients. The most common side effects include headache and redness/bruising at the injection site. Botox may also cause drooping of the eyelids and blurred vision. Serious allergic/immediate reactions are rare but may include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint.