Botox has become a
more common and popular non-surgical rejuvenatory procedure.
Our physicians do more than 200 treatments each year. Many
of our patients prefer to use BOTOX instead of surgical
correction for wrinkles and lines.
Although BOTOX is
not permanent (lasts on average 3-6 months) it affords
patients the option of instant correction without any
downtime. Some patients even consider this a way of "trying
on a forehead lift."
What is Botox?
BOTOX is the brand
name for botulism toxin type A, natures most potent blocker
of nerve impulses. A registered trademark of the Allergan
Corporation, botox is costly because it is tedious to
manufacture and because no generic substitute is available.
Why do we need Botox?
are caused by the contractions of underlying facial muscles
every time you smile, laugh, or frown. The more emotion you
show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be.
While you may have earned your worry lines, you don't have
to show them anymore.
How does Botox work?
blocks the nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles that
are related to expression lines. This causes the muscles
that are related to expression to relax. After the solution
takes effect, the overlying skin will be smooth and
unwrinkled while your untreated facial muscles will still
function and contract continuing to cause dynamic
What is a Botox
This is a simple
and safe procedure. Our physicians use a tiny needle to
cause minimal sensation and discomfort and to also allow
greater precision in delivery of Botox to the specified
facial area. Most patients remark that there is minimal
discomfort comparing the sensation to a bug bite. No
sedation or anesthetic is required, and you can resume
normal activities immediately. Botox generally takes 2-4
days to take effect reflecting the time necessary to disrupt
the synaptic process.
What areas can be
are primarily used in the upper third of the face. Forehead
lines between the eyebrows, and lines around the eyes
("crow's feet") respond favorably to Botox. Frown lines
(below the mouth) and chin creases may also be improved with
a Botox injection, but response here varies among
Am I a candidate for
Most patients are
candidates for this procedure if they have dynamic wrinkles
and lines. Contraindications generally are minimal therefore
making this a suitable treatment for most patients. Patients
that are pregnant or have neurological problems are not
candidates, but as with all cosmetic procedures check with
How long does Botox
are temporary. On average the effect lasts 3-6 months. The
length of time varies among each individual. The injection
can be repeated and early clinical studies have indicated
that the duration of treatment benefits are increased over
time so that you could require injections less frequently in
Are there any side
effects to Botox?
of the injection site is the most common side effect. This
is indicative of each patient and their normal response to
any tissue change. In some cases, Botox can migrate to the
wrong muscle causing drooping of the eyelid or unevenness of
the brows. With skilled technique and knowledge of the the
face and underlying muscles the chances of this are reduced
to about 1%. Because the effects of Botox are completely
reversible, any side effects are temporary.
What results can I
desire a more youthful appearance. Some prefer to look less
"angry", while others are concerned about preventative
therapy. Whatever the reason, the outcomes are the same.
Wrinkles that are controlled by muscle movement are
decreased and smoothed. Wrinkles that are from sun exposure
or not muscle related will not be affected by Botox. Botox
will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for a
facelift or browlift.