Corrects: Frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, crooked smile, smoker’s lines around the mouth, brow lift, lower lid wrinkles, horizontal top of the nose wrinkles
Length of Procedure: 5-10 minutes
Number of Treatments: Repeated every 6 months
Recovery Time: No downtime
Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a biological substance transformed into a very useful therapeutic agent. Initially used by Ophthalmologists to control muscle spasms, it was discovered to be an extremely effective treatment for frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, lines and wrinkles on the lower face and even nasal muscles. Some wrinkles and fine lines are caused by muscle contraction – Botox locally weakens and relaxes the muscles treated, smoothing out wrinkles.
The patient is asked to contract the muscles in the area to be treated so the surgeon can determine the optimum injection site. Botox is injected with a fine needle as thin as an acupuncture needle in a painless fashion and within two to three days, the results of the injection are fully realized. There is no downtime associated with this procedure.
A common misconception about Botox is that it can cause botulism. In fact, Botox is one of the safest tools in the armamentarium of the facial plastic surgeon with only a localized effect on the muscles it is used to treat and it CANNOT cause botulism. It is produced in much the same fashion as antibiotics, collagen and other natural organic substances are derived from living things.
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Botulinum toxin injection is a very simple process that can be accomplished in about 10-30 minutes, depending upon the amount injected and number of desired treatment areas
With nearly three million procedures performed, BOTOX® injections lead all cosmetic procedures in 2003. Americans spent over one million dollars getting the facial filler injected into their lips, folds, and wrinkles. BOTOX® has received several FDA approvals for treating everything from underarm sweating to eye twitches. Of course its most common use is for cosmetic purposes, for which it received FDA approval in 2002 under the product name BOTOX® Cosmetic.
How It’s Done
BOTOX® injection is a very simple process that can be accomplished in about 10-30 minutes, depending upon the amount injected and number of desired treatment areas. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the areas to be injected; then small amounts of BOTOX® are injected into predetermined areas with a thin needle. There is some pain or discomfort associated with the injections themselves, however, this is usually slight and does not persist after the injection process has taken place.
BOTOX® works by paralyzing the muscles in your face. Skin that cannot move cannot form lines and wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin A is a purified protein made from botulism. The technology of the production and injection of BOTOX® has not changed by any significant degree since its original use as a facial filler.
Recovery / Post Op Expectations
Return to work or normal activity is almost always immediate. There is usually little or no bruising, bleeding, pain, or other such discomforts. Touching or massaging treated areas should be avoided as this could disrupt the placement. The effects of injection usually last between 3 and 6 months.
The most common complications are drooping eyelids or raised eyebrows. These side effects are not permanent as the paralysis from BOTOX® wears off. BOTOX® is a marketing name for botulinum toxin A, a neurotoxin associated with botulism, a potentially fatal disease that sends the body, or parts of the body into paralysis. For this reason, some people believe that there is a possibility of contracting botulism from BOTOX®, although there have been no cases of botulism linked to BOTOX® injections according to Allergen, the manufacturer of the product.
Am I a Candidate?
For the most part BOTOX® patients are interested in improving the appearance of their face, especially in the forehead and around the eyes. Most candidates seek minor improvements of wrinkles, facial folds, and crow’s feet.
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Botox® Before and After Photos