BOTOX®: The Fast Track to Smoothing Frown Lines and Wrinkles
Take years off your look with the skin-smoothing power of BOTOX. This wildly popular treatment is a purified protein that reduces the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows and other areas of the face and neck through several small injections into the appropriate areas. The initial duration is typically three to four months.
History of BOTOX
This cosmetic treatment has been used for over 18 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It received FDA approval for cosmetic use of glabellar lines in 2002. Today, it is approved in more than 75 countries and is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world.
How Does BOTOX Cosmetic Work?
A small number of tiny intramuscular injections block the body's natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) that stimulate the muscles to contract and create the appearance of lines due to overactive facial muscles. They take several days to relax the muscles, and the effects of treatment typically last three to four months.
What Is a BOTOX Cosmetic Treatment Like?
It is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that treats a group of muscles that cause the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, forehead lines and/or crow’s feet. The procedure can be administered without anesthesia, but a topical anesthetic may be applied 30 minutes prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.
Pre-treatment recommendations: Avoid use of any medications, including over-the-counter remedies or supplements that contribute to thinning of the blood, preferably for two weeks prior to your procedure. Examples of these products are aspirin, NSAID’s (ibuprofen, Naprosyn, etc.), Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Bilberry, Dong Quai, Feverfew, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, and Red Clover. If you have any questions, contact the office for clarification or consult with your pharmacist.
Post-treatment recommendations: Keep your head above your heart for a minimum of 12 hours or until the following morning; sleeping on two pillows is recommended. When bending over, it is important to bend at the knees and keep your head up. Refrain from exercise or any activity that increases your heart rate or blood pressure.
Questions? Schedule a private consultation with our cosmetic specialists.