What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA approved neurotoxin that can be injected into select muscles to soften and smooth those facial fine lines and wrinkles which are one of the first signs of aging. Botox® is a simple and safe cosmetic treatment that can help fool Mother Nature and make you look and feel younger. Botox® has been the standard for addressing forehead and facial wrinkles, but there are other choices such as Dysport® and Xeomin® which are similar prescription products. All of these nueromodulators will relax the treated muscles and decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Botox® can be injected with tiny needles to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines, forehead creases, wrinkles and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. Done correctly, a neuromodulator can also be used for temporary lifting and tightening of certain features such as the eyebrows and jawline. The relaxing and smoothing effects of Botox last for approximately 3-5 months in most people. The duration of action from any of the neuromodulators can be affected by age, metabolism, activity level and other environmental factors.
How does Botox® work?
When you laugh or frown, the brain sends a signal through the nervous system to muscles that facilitate the corresponding expression. By injecting tiny amounts of Botox® Cosmetic or one of the other similar products into only those particular response muscles, they become temporarily paralyzed; thus smoothing out wrinkles and lines that would have otherwise appeared. Sensory signals are spared so there is no change in the sensations normally felt in the areas treated. In some cases, headaches which caused by tense muscles may also be relieved with the injections. Botox® has been used for over 200 medical applications since it was developed over 20 years ago!
What is in Botox®? Is it safe? Who should I go to for injections?
Note that Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® contain the same active ingredient (Botulinum Toxin A) which has been processed and purified. These are prescription drugs to be injected only by knowlegable and trained professionals. When properly injected, they are safe products and effective. Botox was the first such product on the market and it has been used successfully for over 20 years. Dr. Katie is a highly skilled and professional injector with advanced training including training at the Injectability Institute for Instatox. Instatox involves micro injections of Botox® placed strategically for more instant results of the product. Dr. Katie personally does all of the Botox® and dermal filler injections at Dr. K’s med spa.
Are there any complications from Botox®?
Complications are possible but it is safe when properly administered by a licensed and trained practitioner. Occasionally, depending upon your complexion and skin type, some bruising may appear at or near the injection site. Don’t worry, it’ll go away in a day or two and can easily be covered with makeup. Be sure to avoid aspirin and NSAIDS (ibuprofens) or other blood thinners, if possible, for 5-7 days prior to any injection therapy in order to avoid bruising. At Dr. Katie’s Beautiful You med spa we offer LED LightStim double panel treatments and topical therapy after treatments to decrease possible inflammation or bruising.
Other possible complications include temporary laxity in certain muscles that may unintentionally become involved with the injections. To help avoid such complications, it is important not to rub the areas injected or recline or have the head lowered for several hours after any neuromodulator injections. Vigorous exercise, hot tubs and steam rooms should also be avoided for a few hours post treatment. At Dr. Katie’s Beautiful You med spa all of the possible complications and how to avoid them are carefully explained and written instructions are given to our patients.
How long does Botox® Cosmetic last?
It typically takes 10-14 days to see the full effects of Botox® Cosmetic but most patients start seeing results within 2-3 days after treatment*. The effects of Botox® Cosmetic procedures will last 3 to 5 months in most people.
Call our office for a free, no obligation consultation to help decide which product is appropriate for you to achieve the results you want. Also, be sure to tell us about any recent procedures – cosmetic and medical – that you have had as well as any medications you take (prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal products) so we can be sure that this procedure is right for you.
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*Individual results may vary