What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A, to temporarily paralyze muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles.
A Botox treatment is minimally invasive. It’s considered a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also be used on the forehead between the eyes.
Preparing for Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic involves a nonsurgical, in-office treatment. It requires minimal preparation. You should let your treatment provider know about your medical history, allergies, or medical conditions before your procedure. Your treatment provider should be a licensed physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse.
You might need to remove all your makeup and cleanse the treatment area before the procedure. You may also need to avoid blood-thinning medicine like aspirin to reduce the risk of bruising.
What areas of the body can be treated with Botox Cosmetic?
Cosmetically, the injectable can be used in the following areas:
· Contour the jawline
· Release fine lines in the outer eye area (crow’s feet)
· Smooth out deep horizontal creases in the forehead
· Reduce signs of aging in the neck area
· Subtly lift the brow
· Create more aesthetic lip contours
· Release wrinkles along the upper lip
· Treat a “gummy smile”
· Preventative baby botox
· Prevent bruxism (teeth grinding) and provide relief from the associated jaw pain, facial tension, and headaches
· Address a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating
Are there any risks or side effects?
Minor bruising or discomfort may occur, but should improve within a few days. Other side effects may include:
· swelling or drooping in the eyelid area
· neck pain
· double vision
· dry eyes
· allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, or asthma symptoms
Contact your provider immediately if any of these side effects occur.
What to expect after Botox Cosmetic
Avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause Botox Cosmetic to spread to other areas of the body. This can negatively affect your results. When being injected between the brows, do not lie down or bend over for three to four hours. Doing so may cause the Botox to slip under the orbital rim. This could possibly cause an eyelid droop.
There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
It’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations. Noticeable results can be expected within 1-2 days post-treatment with full results at 14 days, when a retouch session maybe administered if there are any adjustments that need to be made. The full effect of Botox Cosmetic typically lasts up to six months. It can also help prevent the return of fine lines through relaxing the muscles.
Additional Botox injections can be administered to maintain your results.
To get further improvement we do fillers to the temples and forehead to give underlying support and lift, use threads to immediately and long-term elevate the skin in the area, and Ultherapy to tighten the deep muscles in that area. There are several other non-invasive options to improve your results.
What Type of Botox do you use?
There are two main types used Allergan Botox and Dysport, both of which are FDA approved and have been used regularly at our clinic and all over the world. They are considered to best types of Botox to be used. Your service provider will be able to identify which is best for you during your consultation.