BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical method of treating facial wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyes, and in the "crow's feet" areas (upper third of the face). Botulinum toxin, or BOTOX® Cosmetic, works by weakening the muscles of facial expression. Once the resting tone of the treated muscles is weakened, the pull of the muscles relaxes and the overlying skin smooths out.
This approach is different than the other local treatments for the aging face. Silicone, collagen, autologous fat transfer, Alloderm, Softform, etc. all work by filling in wrinkles or depressions. These fillers are frequently not as effective as BOTOX® Cosmetic in removing wrinkles in the upper third of the face. By physiologically weakening the muscles, wrinkles are lessened naturally.
Who is a Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
You could benefit from BOTOX injections if you:
- Have deep creases on the forehead
- Are concerned with lines around the eyes (Crow's Feet)
- Want to reduce vertical depressions between the eyebrows
What to Expect from Your BOTOX Injections
Injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic into the small muscles between the brows, in the forehead, and at the corners of the eyes causes those specific muscles to halt their function (be paralyzed) by temporarily interrupting signals between the nerves and muscles to relax the appearance of the wrinkles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is prepared fresh on the day of injection and your treatment should take around 15 minutes. You may resume normal activity right away, though you should avoid direct sunlight and contact with the injection sites.
You should see your results within just a few days, and many patients enjoy the benefits of BOTOX for upwards of 6 months. To maintain your results, we recommend scheduling re-injection within three to ten months.
The specific risks and the suitability of BOTOX® Cosmetic for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.