Botox can improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and “crow’s feet” at the outside corners of the eyes. It can also create a smoother appearance to the skin surface by preventing muscle contraction.
Botox is the brand name for clostridium botulinum. Small, diluted amounts of this prescription medicine can be directly injected into specific muscles blocking signals from the facial nerves to the muscles resulting in an inability of the muscles to contract. This causes existing wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox typically reduces wrinkles by 80 percent
During the complimentary first visit, a full medical history is taken. The physical examination focuses on age, genetics, skin type and elasticity. It is important to discuss any pre-existing conditions, including allergies, and medications.
Botox is injected with a very fine needle into specific muscles.
Prior to the Injection
For at least two weeks prior to the procedure, patients are required to refrain from smoking, alcohol and aspirin products. Smoking interferes with circulation and healing, and products containing aspirin or ibuprofen thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
After the Injection
The full effect of the injection is noticed after about a week. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and the effect lasts for 3 to 4 months.
Possible Side Effects
Botox injections are safe and quick. However, as with all cosmetic procedures there are possible side-effects and risks. The most common side effects are discomfort or pain at the injection site, dry mouth, headache, and flu-like symptoms. Infrequently, patients may have an allergic reaction to Botox. Your physician will go over this with you.
Botox is safe, quick, virtually painless and has helped millions of patients get rid of nagging facial lines and wrinkles.