BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow‘s feet
- Skin bands on the neck
According to Allergan, BOTOX Cosmetic has been "extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies."
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX® is a branded cosmetic injectable known by most people as the go-to for wrinkle-reduction. The product has been around for decades, but even before the branding of BOTOX, its ingredient, Botulinum Toxin Type A, was used to improve the lives of people with muscular conditions. The original use for this drug was to correct the symptoms of blepharospasm (eye spasm) and strabismus (misalignment of the eye). After thorough clinical testing, the injectable received FDA approval for cosmetic use. Since the early 2000s, BOTOXhas been one of the most popular injectable treatments for dynamic wrinkles.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX is a neuromodulator. Its target tissue is the muscle that is in a state of continual contraction. We use the same muscle repeatedly when we frown, squint, laugh, cry, and so on. These repetitive movements are like exercise for the face. Even when the face is relaxed, certain muscles remain tight, and they pull on the skin as a result. To contract a muscle, the brain delivers electrical messages, which are picked up by receptors in the tissue. BOTOX works by binding to the receptors to prevent the action of the chemical acetylcholine on the muscle, resulting in temporary relaxation.
Are Cosmetic Injectables Painful?
No. There is no pain associated with BOTOX injections. We perform treatment using a very fine needle. When the needle punctures the skin, you may feel a slight pinch. This is less noticeable than the sensation of having blood drawn from the arm. Injections are performed carefully but quickly. The infusion of the drug into muscle tissue occurs without any sensation.
How Many Treatments Will I Require?
Only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results from BOTOX. If you are new to this treatment and are concerned about the way it will affect your appearance, talk to your provider. We can perform treatment using fewer units than may usually be recommended. In doing so, you get to observe how this drug works on your particular concerns. Then, if you wish, your provider can perform your next treatment using the full recommended number of units.
Do The Results From BOTOX Look Natural?
Yes. BOTOX injections can achieve beautiful, natural-looking results when done right. The drug is generally considered safe for most people, and there are far more success stories to be found than those where BOTOX went wrong. The treatment has been around long enough now that board-certified providers understand how, where, and how much of the drug to apply to various concerns. BOTOX may work by temporarily prohibiting full muscle movement but that does not mean you lose all ability to be expressive. After getting BOTOX, when you are surprised, you should still look surprised. When you smile, your eyes should "smile," too.
There is a simple way to improve your treatment outcome when seeking BOTOX, find an experienced provider. Technique is an important aspect of injectable treatments, so it is advantageous to receive BOTOX from a physician or nurse with ample training and experience working with facial anatomy. If you have had BOTOX injections in the past, talk to your provider about what you liked and didn't like. Talk about what you want to achieve and what concerns you have, if any, about losing too much of your facial expressiveness. Finally, ask your provider to reassess your needs at each follow-up session. Just because you received 20 units at a previous visit does not mean you continue to need the same amount. Remember, BOTOX is not a standardized procedure. It must be tailored to every patient at every visit.
How Long Do The Results Last?
The effects of BOTOX develop over the course of about a week. They last an average of four months. Some people metabolize the drug in as little as three months. Some maintain satisfactory results for up to six months. Touch-ups can be scheduled every three months, according to FDA guidelines.
Is BOTOX Only For Women?
Absolutely not! BOTOX is used to treat a wide variety of age-related cosmetic concerns. These include:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Crow's feet
- Transverse nasal lines ("bunny lines")
- Smoker's lines around the mouth
- Marionette lines that give the illusion of a downturned mouth
- Mentalis dysfunction ("chin dents")
- Vertical neck lines
- Descending, droopy brows
What Is The Difference Between Botox & Dermal Fillers?
BOTOX reduces wrinkles by relaxing the muscles involved in pleating the skin. Dermal fillers are injectable cosmetic drugs designed to reduce wrinkles and other concerns by building volume in the skin. BOTOX acts on muscles, dermal fillers act within the layers of soft tissue. BOTOX may be ideal for a non-surgical brow lift, whereas dermal fillers are well suited to cheek and lip augmentation. The two classes of FDA-approved drugs work in entirely different ways. Their differences make them very complimentary for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
BOTOX Cosmetic Procedure and Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. 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.
Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.
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Reach out to our office to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment. Give us a call at (954) 807-9433 or fill out the appointment request form on this page, and our staff will help you set up a personalized consult with Dr. Stanley Skopit. Our practice serves Dania and the surrounding areas of Florida.
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