Throughout history, people have looked for ways to achieve a younger, more vibrant look by improving their facial appearance. A procedure using Botulinum Toxin or Botox® has been developed to treat the aging face by removing wrinkles. This procedure has been widely used and is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. It is used to eliminate or reduce worry and frown lines, crow’s feet and laugh lines.
Prior To Treatment
Some Physicians may recommend avoidance of alcoholic beverages, anti-inflammatory medicines and aspirin one week prior to treatment.
The procedure works by physiologically relaxing facial muscles that are related to expression lines. The constant contractions of those muscles result in wrinkles. Botox® works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles thereby relaxing them. This result is a smooth unwrinkled look.
Since the pain is so minimal, no local anesthetic is required. Only a small amount of discomfort is felt when the needle and the liquid are injected.
Following The Procedure
Patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. The Physician may recommend not to lie down for 3-4 hours following the treatment. Some facial exercises may be recommended. The treatment takes 3-5 days to take effect and lasts from 3-6 months. When the toxin begins to wear off, the wrinkles begin to slowly reappear; however, they frequently are not as deep as the original ones. It usually takes 2-3 injections each year to maintain the benefits.
Possible Side Effects
There are no serious side effects associated with this treatment. There may be a small amount of bruising which is temporary. Rarely, a slight drooping of the eyebrow may develop, but fortunately when this occurs it corrects itself in 2-3 weeks.
What Results Can Be Expected?
This procedure will smooth away wrinkles for 4-6 months, leaving your face with a friendlier and more youthful appearance.
The Best Candidates For The Procedure
The best results are seen for those between the ages of 30-60. In many cases, wrinkles in people over 60 are not caused by muscle pull but rather sun damage. The procedure works best on the wrinkles appearing in the upper third of the face. When used on the lower two thirds of the face, Botox® might cause distortion of a person’s smile or facial expressions and therefore is generally not recommended.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox®, please contact our office and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.