Botox® Cosmetic treatment is one of the most dramatic advances in the improvement of wrinkles and unwanted muscle spasms. It helps smooth facial expression lines and dynamic wrinkles, which include deep furrows across the brow, vertical wrinkles above the bridge of the nose and crow’s feet at the side of the eyes. Botox improves or diminishes such lines by relaxing the facial muscles.
What Botox Is Made Of
Botox is diluted botulinum toxin. When injected in muscles it causes a temporary block of acetylcholine release, which in turn causes the temporary muscle weakness that results in fewer wrinkles of expression.
What Botox Can Treat
Botox is very effective for the relief of forehead frown lines, lines and grooves over the bridge of the nose and the crow’s feet next to the outer corners of the eyes that become apparent when you smile or grimace. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles and are due to the effects of underlying facial muscles. Not only do these muscles cause the face to appear wrinkled, but also they can cause tension headaches.
The Safety of Botox
Botox has been used for many years to treat double vision in children due to muscle imbalance. There have been no serious side effects. There are certain people with neuromuscular disorders who may be particularly sensitive to the effects of Botox where they could experience systemic side effects. In addition, Botox should not be given to pregnant or breast-feeding women.
How Long Botox Lasts
The effect may last for 3 to 4 months. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe after repeat treatments because the muscles are being trained to relax.
Preventing the “Frozen Face”
The “Botox face” or “frozen face” appearance is a result of overly aggressive treatments that block not only the unwanted movements causing wrinkles but also many of the necessary muscles for facial expression. We strive for a natural appearance, maintaining each patient’s ability to maintain facial expressions, but with a softer, rejuvenated underlying appearance.
Your Botox Appointment
While the treatment itself takes only 5-10 minutes, your appointment time may vary. It involves a series of small injections to target areas. Most patients find Botox treatments to be quick, easy, and effective. Although no anesthesia is required, we usually apply a cold pack to the area prior to injection. No recovery time needed and discomfort and downtime are minimal. Although results may vary, most experience improvement within 3-7 days.
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