BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly purified protein injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause some kinds of wrinkles. It is FDA approved for treatment of the frown lines between the brows, commonly referred to as the “11′s”, as well as crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles that form on the outer aspect of the eyelids. While BOTOX® can also treat certain medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, it is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, primarily to reduce wrinkles on the face and muscle bands in the neck. BOTOX® injections are relatively painless, as the needle used is smaller than those used for other injectable fillers.
What can BOTOX® do for me?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country and one of our most requested services. Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, BOTOX® gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and vertical bands on the neck. It can also be used to produce a non-surgical brow lift by selectively allowing the eyebrows to be raised, thus creating a more youthful appearance.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works?
BOTOX® is the brand name for botulinum toxin A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. Originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of eye muscle spasms, BOTOX® was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value.
Physicians have been using BOTOX® Cosmetic for years as a treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging. The medication relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. When injected in small doses in specific areas, BOTOX® injections block nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. In this way, BOTOX® smoothes the lines in the skin that make you look tired or angry.
Candidates for BOTOX®
A good candidate for BOTOX® treatment is someone looking to enhance their appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that patients seeking treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder.
Men and women considering BOTOX® treatment should have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with Dr. Hutchinson to ensure that your goals can be achieved.
The BOTOX® Procedure
BOTOX® injections are administered by Dr. Hutchinson using a very fine needle. She will inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into designated muscles in your face that are causing lines and wrinkles. You may experience brief, mild discomfort during the injection, but you can be assured that the treatment is very safe and effective. Taking only a few minutes, BOTOX® treatment requires no anesthetic and recovery is immediate, allowing you to return to work and resume your normal daily activities that same day.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
Immediately following the BOTOX® treatment, some patients may experience mild bruising, which will go away shortly. You may see your wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours, with continued improvement over the next 7 to 10 days. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically last 4 to 6 months, but with repeat treatments the wrinkles become increasingly less conspicuous.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will relax the muscles in your face and soften the skin, giving you a more relaxed and youthful appearance. For optimum results, many patients choose to use BOTOX® in conjunction with a facelift, skin rejuvenation therapy, and/or some type of skin resurfacing such as chemical peels or lasers.
BOTOX® Treatment for Sweating
BOTOX® is also used to treat axillary hyperhidrosis, a medical condition in which patients experience excessive sweating under the arms. It may also be used for palmar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the palms of the hands) and plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the soles of the feet). BOTOX® treatment in these conditions is due to the effect of the drug on the eccrine (sweat) glands in the armpits, hands and feet. The treatment is similar to that of frown lines and involves injecting BOTOX® with a very fine needle into the affected area. The difference is that the injected BOTOX® is directed at the sweat glands under the skin, rather than at the muscle. The effects of BOTOX® may be seen within 2 weeks of treatment, and typically last 6 to 9 months.