BOTOX® is the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedure in the US with more than 6 million patients receiving the procedure every year. BOTOX® was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the procedure. Many patients worry that they may look unnatural, or perhaps they won’t be able to make a full range of facial expressions. However, when performed by experts like the physicians at Skin Deep Medical Aesthetics the results are safe, natural, and effective. See our full Menu of Services – Spring 2015 (PDF)
BOTOX® is typically used to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet at the corners of the eye, and furrows between the eyebrows. The procedure is quick – no more than 15 minutes – and patients are able to go back to their daily activities immediately.
What it treats:
- Frown lines
- Crows feet
- Forehead wrinkles
How BOTOX® works:
BOTOX® works by blocking nerve impulses and temporarily relaxing the muscle into which it is injected, eliminating the muscle’s ability to make a wrinkle. During your treatment, BOTOX® is injected into areas where the muscles repeatedly contract. The muscles are relaxed, making the wrinkles less noticeable. Results last for three to four months and are visible a as soon as 12 days after the BOTOX® is injected.
Where BOTOX® is used:
BOTOX®, is used to relax the muscles of animation in the face, those used in smiling and frowning. It’s usually injected into the wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), into the horizontal lines in the forehead, and into the lines around the mouth. Because BOTOX® is a very thin liquid, it is injected with a very tiny needle. This means you’ll have little to no discomfort, particularly since we apply a topical numbing cream prior to treatment.
Side Effects of BOTOX®:
BOTOX® has a very low occurrence of side effects when used appropriately. Although there are no reports of adverse drug interactions in healthy people, we do recommend that you avoid anti-inflammatory medications, vitamin E, and aspirin for two weeks prior to your BOTOX® treatment, to avoid bruising at the injection site. If you regularly take aspirin or blood thinners such as Plavix or Coumadin, please consult with your physician before discontinuing those medications.
Using a very fine-gauge needle, BOTOX® is injected into the appropriate area to relax the muscles. Following the injection, we’ll give you a small ice pack to hold on the area to reduce any discomfort. Since the actual procedure takes only about ten minutes, you can return to your daily routine immediately. However, please wait a full 4 hours before lying down. Massaging the treated area is prohibited as this might cause the BOTOX® to extend to the surrounding muscles. To enhance effectiveness, exercising the muscle every fifteen minutes throughout the first hour post-injection is highly recommended.
You will start to see results anywhere from 24 hours after injection up to 12 days later, with the peak effect about 2-3 weeks following injection. Patients are all unique, but most find that their injections will last about 3-4 months. Our patients generally stick to an “every 3 or 4 months” schedule.