Smooth out the past!

botox_brochure_scanMany of us would love to improve our appearance, but don’t have either the time or the desire to undergo cosmetic surgery. With today’s advancements, there are things that we can do to make amazing changes without surgery or a long recovery period. Thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, dynamic lines can be dramatically softened. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can be used to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laughh lines, crow’s feet and other wrinkles caused by aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments today. This procedure can be done on a lunch break and requires no anesthesia or recovery. Overall, the vast majority of patients love this “quick fix” and return for a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment to boost as soon as the wrinkles begin to reappear!

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified neurotoxin complex manufactured by Allergan. This toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles, causing a form of paralysis to each muscle group. Although it is a toxin,BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely by ophthalmologists for over 10 years. It has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990′s with no serious side effects. In fact, people with migraine or chronic headache pain often find relief of their symptoms after BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into a specific muscle so that only the action of that muscle will be paralyzed. Therefore, the problem that muscle causes will be stopped, leaving your skin smooth and relaxed. After the treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion. Some of the most common areas treated include crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines and forehead wrinkles.

Are there any side effects?

The side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are typically related to the area where the solution is injected. There may be a slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. There are no reports currently of damage to the eye, with injections to the eyelid. There have been no permanent treatent side effects. In fact, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments have recently been awarded approval for cosmetic use by the Food And Drug Administration.

Will the effects last?

The actual BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment takes on a few minutes and takes effect in three to four days. Gradually over three to five months the effects of the treatment will fade, and the muscle action will return. When expression lines start to reappear, a simple repeat treatment will maintain the desired result.