Botox Cosmetic & Neurotoxins are used to improve the look of dynamic facial wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movements.
Once injected directly into facial muscles, BOTOX Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses and reducing muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines. In addition to treating frown lines and crow’s feet, BOTOX Cosmetic treats horizontal wrinkles across the forehead (rhytides), upper lip lines, down turned mouth lines, and platysmal neck bands.
BOTOX Cosmetic is considered safe, effective and has been used for over 20 years. Patients usually notice an improvement within three to seven days and results may last three to four months.
The BOTOX Process
BOTOX® Cosmetic: Quick & Simple
Before the treatment, our specialist will consult with you to determine whether you’re a candidate for treatment, and then ask you about the results you’re hoping to achieve. We may then ask you to move certain facial muscles, such as the area between the brows, forehead and crow’s feet, since the location, size and use of the muscles that create the wrinkles can vary from person to person. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions you may have and to talk about your goals before we finalize a customized treatment plan for you.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Following the consultation, the actual procedure takes about 15 minutes. Since there is no down time—you can do it at lunch time—and no one will know you had it done! During administration, no anesthesia is required, though we may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minor and brief. A few tiny injections of Botox are administered directly into the muscles that cause the wrinkles.
When Does BOTOX Start to Work and How Long Does It Last?
The results of your BOTOX treatment will begin to appear in 3-4 days and the effect will last 3-4 months, after which the treated muscles will gradually regain their action. When the wrinkles start to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired results. We advise patients to have their first 3 treatments precisely 12 weeks apart and the next 2 treatments precisely at 16 weeks. Typically patients who follow this treatment schedule need less BOTOX and increase the time needed between treatments.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As with any injection, there can be temporary swelling, redness, bruising, headache, or local discomfort.
BOTOX Cosmetic Safety, Concerns & Facts
More than 11 million BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures have been administered in the U.S. since 2002, and 92% of 303 patients in a recent survey were satisfied with the results of their BOTOX Cosmetic experience. But BOTOX Cosmetic can also cause life-threatening side effects that you should know about.
Read the Medication & Safety Guide that comes with BOTOX Cosmetic before you start using it and each time it is given to you because there may be new information that is important to you. This information does not take the place of talking with us about your medical condition or your treatment. You should share this information with your family members and caregivers.
Safety is our number one concern at Laser Aesthetics and we ensure the highest level of safety and best results for our patients. But BOTOX Cosmetic, like any medical procedure, does involve risks, so we encourage all of our patients to do their research and make an informed decision before undergoing treatment.
For more information concerning our Botox or neurotoxin treatments, or to schedule your personalized appointment, please call Cape Cod Internal Medicine at 508-778-6363.