What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® is a protein that is derived from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is well known as a cosmetic injectable that temporarily reduces frown lines, crow's feet and furrowed-brow lines. BOTOX® is safe and effective in counteracting the signs of normal aging. Through tiny injections, BOTOX® targets the muscles that cause these lines and wrinkles during sessions that last only a few minutes.
BOTOX Cosmetic is typically injected into areas around the forehead where wrinkle and frown lines are the most visible. It blocks the signals from the nerves to prevent them from telling the muscles to contract and allow them to relax. Reduced contractions hinder those stubborn lines from forming.
BOTOX® is most commonly used to treat areas such as the crow's feet that form around the eyes and frown lines on the forehead. It has also been proven to be quite effective in treating the deep lines that circle the neck, the upper lips, the corners of the mouth, and around the chin to prevent chin rippling. BOTOX® injections are also extremely effective in treating excessive sweating.
Results from BOTOX® are typically visible within a few days with a gradual diminishing for up to a month.
One session should last up to 4 months, but without continued treatments, lines and wrinkles typically return.
BOTOX® Cosmetic should be administered by an authorized healthcare professional. It is suggested that within this group of people, patients should seek out a dermatologist or physician specializing in cosmetic procedures. The dermatologists at Dermatology Affiliates are very experienced at treating patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
At Dermatology Affiliates, we use an effective numbing gel for 20 minutes prior to injection. Some patients choose not to numb the full 20 minutes or not at all. In that case, the very thin needle may cause mild and brief discomfort similar to an insect bite. But because the treatment takes a very short time to complete, the discomfort is not bothersome.
With BOTOX® Cosmetic, you won’t have drastic changes to your appearance that look frozen. You still have normal facial expressions - just without the lines and wrinkles that come with them.