If wrinkles aren’t your thing, BOTOX® may be just what you need!
What Is BOTOX®?
Botox® is one of the most well-known injectable wrinkle-reducers available today. The cosmetic drug was first introduced in 1989. Before the brand name Botox® was created, the active ingredient, Clostridium botulinum, had been used therapeutically for many years. FDA-approved Botox is administered into specific areas of the face and body to achieve predictable cosmetic results that can last months.
How Does BOTOX work?
Botox injections smooth the skin by blocking nerve impulses in target muscle tissue. Certain types of wrinkles, often referred to as “dynamic wrinkles,” occur when we move the face. For example, when we frown, one or two vertical lines form between the eyebrows. Over time, the repetitive nature of facial expressions causes lines to become etched in the skin. Botox delivers a minute amount of purified neurotoxin to the muscle where, once absorbed, prevents the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that instructs muscles to contract. The careful application of Botox into areas of concern beautifully refreshes the face. Muscles are temporarily paralyzed but facial expression is not completely frozen.
What Issues Can BOTOX® Treat?
BOTOX® can temporarily treat:
- fine lines
- crow’s feet
- frown lines
- bunny lines
- forehead creases.
BOTOX® can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions including facial asymmetries, tension headaches, and excessive sweating.
Is Botox safe?
Botox has a long history of safety and efficacy. Remember, it has been around since 1989! The dosage for cosmetic wrinkle reduction is much lower than the therapeutic dosages that have been used for many years. Still, we understand that there may be some degree of concern about having a bacterium, even a controlled one, injected into the face. That said, statistics indicate that it is very unlikely that Botox would result in adverse reactions. When the Botox powder is diluted and injected by an experienced, board-certified doctor or nurse injector, the risk of severe side effects is very low.
Best Candidates for Botox
Adults who are interested in refreshing their appearance may be good candidates for Botox. It is important to have realistic expectations of injectable treatment, and to understand what this procedure can and cannot do. Botox candidates are in good health and are clear about their cosmetic goals, which we discuss during our consultation.
How Is Botox® Performed?
Botox treatment begins with a consultation. During this brief conversation, the provider will ask you about your medical history. This step is important in determining that you are indeed a good candidate for Botox. Depending on your medical history and desired outcome, you may be a good candidate for other injectable treatment, such as dermal fillers. This can be combined with Botox or performed as the primary technique. At your consultation, the provider will also discuss potential side effects and risk factors. It is important to make an informed and confident decision about any treatment, even those that are nonsurgical and as well-known as Botox. We find that patients who know what to expect are better prepared and ultimately happier with their outcome.
Botox injections can be performed at your initial visit if your consultation determines that you are a good candidate. This part of your appointment may last only 10 to 15 minutes. Optimal results are achieved through a series of injections made across the treatment area. The provider uses a very fine needle, so patients find Botox injections easily tolerable without the use of topical numbing medication. Though there can be a few minor side effects from treatment, such as pinpoint swelling around injection points, patients are generally able to return to their daily routine right after receiving Botox.
What Results Can I Expect From Botox?
Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Are There Side Effects To Botox?
- Droopy eyelid
- Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site.
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
St. Louis Facial Plastic Surgery offers a variety of injectables and tailors both the technique and the result to each and every patient.