Botox®

General Description
Botox® is used to remove fine lines on the face. Dynamic facial wrinkles are the result of contractions of the tiny underlying facial muscles that occur when someone smiles, frowns or laughs. Botox® is now a very popular way to help turn back time on facial wrinkles. The most common areas to receive Botox® are those along the forehead, the crows feet around eyes, and the vertical lines in-between the eyebrows. Botox® works by blocking the facial nerve impulses to facial muscles, thus relaxing the muscles. When the underlying facial muscles are relaxed, the skin flattens out, creating a smoother appearance.

Time Required to perform:
about 15-30 minutes

Side Effects:
No serious side effects. It is possible to experience a mild headache after the procedure. There may be a small amount of bruising around the treated areas, but this is temporary.

Risks:
Potential risks include muscle tightness, drooping of eyelids.

Duration of Results:
Usually 3-6 months. Can last up to 8 months, depending upon the individual. When the toxin begins to wear off, the wrinkles begin to reappear, though frequently not as deep as the original ones. Clinical studies suggest that after several rounds of treatment, the patient may require injections less often.

 

Recovery:
Recovery is immediate. Patients can immediately return to work and other daily tasks.

Insurance:
Due to the cosmetic nature of Botox® injections, insurance usually does not apply.

Discomfort Level:
Virtually none for most people; may be slight discomfort at the injection site.

Anesthesia:
A topical numbing cream can be applied at the injection site.

Botox® Treatment Can Be Combined With:
Collagen, Restylane®

Known As:
Wrinkle removal, Botulinum Toxin, Botox® Cosmetic, Botox® Injections

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