BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines in the forehead, wrinkle lines around the eyes, and furrow lines around the mouth and the chin area. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done within minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months.
Moderate to severe frown and wrinkle lines form over time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscle groups producing these lines. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
Most commonly BOTOX® Cosmetic is used around the eyes (crow’s feet) and on the forehead (frown lines) to reduce dynamic lines and furrows. We have also seen success after the treatment of upper lips, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth and chin rippling. BOTOX® Medical injections are also highly successful for the treatment of excessive sweating of the palms, soles, and armpits.
Within days, you may see a marked improvement. Lines continue to improve for up to a month and results can last for up to 4 months.
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, your lines and wrinkles gradually will look as they did before treatment.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Most describe the injection sensation as feeling like a bug bite. The treatment is performed literally in a matter of minutes. No specific care is needed after the treatment.
Although the results are visible, the muscle activity that causes frown is reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe lines will gradually look like they did before treatment.
To learn more if BOTOX is right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation.