What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic offers fast and reliable softening and reduction of unwanted facial creases. It is ideal for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and nose. Even the appearance of deeper lines on the forehead, mouth, and between the eyebrows can be softened. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that minimizes the appearance of dynamic wrinkles by temporarily interfering with specific muscle contractions. Dynamic wrinkles are lines caused by repeated muscle movements, such as facial expressions. BOTOX® Cosmetic provides a rejuvenated facial appearance that is sure to be noticed.
Nonsurgical treatments can be performed to provide patients with the subtle enhancement they have always wanted.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Can…
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet
- Smooth horizontal forehead lines
- Target glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows
- Decrease lines around the mouth
- Improve a frowning smile
Achieved With BOTOX® Cosmetic
More Youthful Eyes
Repeated muscle movements around the eyes and upper face cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop at a quicker rate than they would on other regions of the face. These lines alter your appearance and can make you look older and more intense than you actually are. BOTOX® Cosmetic smooths these wrinkles so that you can regain a youthful and pleasing appearance.
Multiple Treatment Areas
Patients who opt for this treatment can address various areas of concern. Although most patients choose BOTOX® Cosmetic to combat aging on the upper face, it is also useful in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles between the nose and mouth.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is an in-office procedure that can take as few as 10 minutes to complete. Results begin to show within a few days after injection and continue to improve without requiring any downtime or recovery period. The effect may last four months or more.
So much of your confidence revolves around how you see yourself. The presence of premature fine lines and wrinkles may lead to a lack of self-esteem, which affects the way you present yourself in social and professional situations. BOTOX® Cosmetic can diminish these insecurities and improve your quality of life.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and comfortable way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the desired area using a fine needle. This neurotoxin blocks nerve impulses from reaching the muscles, inhibiting the muscles’ ability to contract and create wrinkles. Over time, the targeted muscles relax, and fine lines begin to soften or disappear altogether. Some discomfort may be experienced initially; however, it should only last a few seconds. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an outpatient treatment that only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during my recovery?
Patients can return to their daily routines immediately following their BOTOX® Cosmetic appointment. There is no downtime or recovery period, and all temporary side effects should subside within a few hours or days. Results will become apparent once the muscles have begun to relax, which typically occurs a few days after the injection.
How long will my BOTOX® Cosmetic results last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic offers temporary relief from wrinkles and fine lines. The results traditionally last between three and five months before the treatment needs to be repeated. It is not uncommon for the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic to last longer once several treatments have been administered.
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic be combined with other procedures?
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be performed as a standalone treatment or combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as dermal fillers or cosmetic surgery such as a facelift, to produce comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Are there any other uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles on the upper region of the face; however, its ability to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles was discovered by accident. BOTOX® was initially created as a way to prevent muscular spasms, including spasms in the neck and the eyes. BOTOX® is still used for this purpose as well as to treat chronic migraines and excessive sweating.
Are there any risks associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been safely and successfully reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for years. While BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces muscle movement, it does not have any lasting effect on the nerves and does not lead to nerve damage. While rare, temporary side effects may include:
- Allergic reactions
- Muscle weakness
- Skin rashes
- Rupture of a blood vessel
- Eyelid droop