Botox® is a relatively new procedure using Botulinum Toxin which was developed to treat the visual signs of aging by reducing or removing wrinkles. The procedure is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. Common areas for Botox® injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows and "crow's feet" around the eyes. Botox® has proven to be the best non-surgical form of facial rejuvenation and is capable of producing phenomenal improvements in your appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Botox Treatment:
- Excessive facial wrinkles.
- Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead.
- Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.
- A vertical or horizontal “frown line” between your eyebrows.
The procedure works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that cause the wrinkles. A tiny amount of Botox® is injected just below the surface of the skin, much like a mosquito bite, this causes the muscle to stop working as hard. A cream with local anesthetic can be placed on your skin prior to treatment, or ice applied upon completion of the Botox® treatment if requested. Typically a small amount (1-2 cc’s) of Botox® is injected into the area of the wrinkle. Botox® works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. The effects of a Botox® treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.
Patients generally return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure, however following the post-procedure guidelines will dramatically reduce the length and intensity of the recovery period. Patients should avoid engaging in heavy physical exercise. It is advisable to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for at least 24 hours. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol, ibuprofen, asprin or heat to the treated areas.