BOTOX ®, has become one of the most popular methods to reduce skin signs of aging. Different from Clear Lift and Xeomin, it is a simple, nonsurgical procedure that helps to improve moderate to severe frown lines.
It is also approved to be used around the eyes to reduce lines radiating from corner of the eye (crow’s feet). Forehead furrows are commonly treated. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure today. Since 2002 there have been over 11 million procedures performed with Botox Cosmetic.
What is Botox?
BOTOX, Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It is injected by a physician directly into muscles that cause formation of lines. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles which relaxes the muscle activity and reduces appearance of lines.
Botox has been used for decades to treat other medical conditions such as Blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking) and Strabismus.
Candidates for Botox
The best candidates for Botox treatments are men and women with mild to moderate dynamic wrinkles, which are lines that deepen when muscles contract. Most common area to treat is glabellar or frown lines. Lines emanating from corner of eyes, and forehead creases are treated as well.
Who should not use Botox.
Some of the conditions in which Botox should not be used include history of neurological conditions, allergic reaction to a botulinum based injection treatment in the past, emphysema, history of surgery in or near the eye within 6 months, bleeding disorders, and pregnancy or breastfeeding.
How is it done?
The treatment area is often marked and prepared. Botox injections are then administered by physician into the treatment area using a very fine needle. There is no need for any type of anesthetic and treatment sessions typically take just a few minutes to complete.
After treatment, patients are allowed to return to work or regular activities right away. Treated area should not be massaged to prevent spread of medication. Bruising or swelling may appear at the injection sites, which usually subsides within hours or a few days. Over the counter pain medication and ice packs can relieve any potential discomfort after the procedure.
What about Results?
Results of Botox appear over the next few days after treatment. It may take a week or longer to see full results. The duration of Botox results varies from patient to patient, with most results lasting 3-5 months.