After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes and on the forehead will often develop deep lines and wrinkles called "expression lines." A frequent concern is that they often make you look older, tired, or stressed. Until recently, these lines have been difficult to treat. Now, by utilizing this FDA approved muscle-relaxing agent, expression lines can be significantly reduced
Typically, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are visible within three days. Maximum benefits are reached between ten to fourteen days. Once the muscle becomes dormant, and the skin softens, patients notice a more relaxed and youthful appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are not a substitute for a facelift. Depending on your specific goals, optimal results in appearance may be maximized by incorporating BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy with a featherlift, laser resurfacing, skin tightening or skin rejuvenation procedure.
The contractions and movements of our facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® Cosmetic simply prevents these muscles from allowing responses to such messages. As a result, the muscles relax and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.
Effects usually last three to four months, and then gradually fade away. Following several treatments, results may last four to eight months or longer.
With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the facial lines and wrinkles. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. Pain is minimal (that of a "pin prick") and no anesthetic is required. Following treatment, patients immediately resume regular activities.