BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. The drug is injected to weaken the specific muscles around your eyes and forehead. These small muscles are responsible for the frown lines and deep wrinkles that occur over time. The injection temporarily eliminates wrinkles without disturbing normal function.
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Before the Procedure
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to the procedure. In addition, a complete examination of your facial animation is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed at this time.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a purified protein that blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that causes muscle contraction. It was first researched in the 1960’s and received FDA approval in 1989 to treat certain medical conditions, such as blepharospasm. In 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic became FDA approved for cosmetic use and since then it has been safely used on millions of patients.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging. It is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as soft tissue fillers, face-lifts, eyelid surgery or laser skin resurfacing.
After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades and is usually gone within a day or so. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Effects usually appear within 3-5 days, but it may take up to 10 days to see the complete results. Possible side effects are temporaryweakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. BOTOX® Cosmetic is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.
Brilliant Distinctions Program
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