Botox is a drug which blocks nerve activity in muscles and causes paralysis. The effects of Botox are temporary and treatment needs to be repeated. The drug is injected directly into your muscles and is delivered with an very tiny needle causing little discomfort or pain.
Botox is the commercial name for botulinum toxin type A and is FDA approved for a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions including muscle spasm control, exaggerated underarm sweating and the treatment of facial wrinkles.
Ophthalmologists were the first to use Botox to treat eyelid spasms since it was initially FDA approved in 1989!
Botox for Wrinkles
We use Botox mainly for cosmetic treatments. As with all “neurotoxins,” Botox blocks the nerve transmission to your muscles causing the muscles to become paralyzed (limp or inactive).
Wrinkles on your face are a result of tiny little muscles contracting underneath your skin. By paralyzing these muscles, the wrinkles disappear. Wrinkles or lines which are present when you are relaxed may be better treated with dermal fillers.
Botox is FDA approved for glabellar lines (aka frown lines) which are the vertical lines found between your eyebrows. These exaggerated wrinkles can make you look tired, grumpy or angry.
We often use Botox to treat other facial areas;
- Frontal lines – horizontal lines on the forehead
- Crow’s feet (canthal lines)
- Marionette lines (corners of the mouth)
- Smokers lines (around the lips)
- Glabellar lines and Frown lines
Botox is administered as an injection using a very small needle. There is usually no pain, but anesthetic creams are sometimes needed.
The medicine is injected directly into the muscle tissue and treatments are given in our office. Do not expect to see results immediately as the full effects may take up to week or two to develop.
Botox injections usually need to be repeated every 3-4 months. The timing of repeat injections and your results can vary depending upon the severity of the problem, your age, whether you smoke and condition of your skin.
Cosmetic treatments are not covered by insurance.
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