Botox® is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the industry. In 2007 over 4.5 million people were treated with Botox®. It is used to treat facial wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. As we age we begin to get wrinkles in our skin. The areas of the face associated with facial expression are often the first areas to show these wrinkles because the muscles are continually "creasing" the skin during expression. Botox® is injected into these muscles enabling them to relax therefore diminishing the wrinkles. This procedure is most commonly done between the brows, on the forehead and crow's feet. The effects may last up to four months.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium. This protein is injected into the muscles that cause wrinkles. This causes the muscle to relax, resulting in a decrease in wrinkles. The results last approximately 4 months.
What is the difference in Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers?
Botox® Cosmetic relaxes the muscle causing the wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used to fill in the space where volume has been lost.
What is the treatment like?
There is a series of tiny injections given directly into the muscle with a fine needle. Many patients compare the sensation of the injection to an insect bite. We ask you to maintain a vertical position for the next 3-4 hours and not to massage or manipulate the treatment sites. This helps prevent migration of the Botox® into unintended muscles.
How soon will I see the results of my Botox® treatment?
Patients can expect to see results within days, in some cases it may take up to 2 weeks to see full results.
How safe is Botox®?
Botox® is the number one cosmetic procedure being done in the United States today and one of the reasons is because of its excellent safety profile. Extreme side effects are rare and occasional side effects such as bruising, headache and numbness are usually transient. We do not treat during pregnancy or in those with certain neuromuscular diseases, but for the majority it is safe to use.