One of the most popular injectables Dermlounge offers is BOTOX® Cosmetic. This non-surgical treatment helps rejuvenate the face by relaxing overworked facial muscles that lead to wrinkles. Many patients like this treatment because it typically does not require any downtime and rarely has side effects. BOTOX® injections can effectively treat signs of natural facial aging for both men and women in a wide age range. To achieve even more youthful-looking results, many patients opt to combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with dermal fillers.
There are two main types of facial wrinkles: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are typically caused by sun damage, smoking, poor nutrition, and genetics. These wrinkles can result from a loss of facial volume, but this volume can be restored with a dermal filler like JUVÉDERM®. Dynamic wrinkles are what BOTOX® Cosmetic can help remedy as they are caused by years of repetitive muscle contraction. Every time a muscle contracts, like the facial expression of raising the eyebrows, the skin bunches together in a concentrated area. BOTOX® injections can help weaken these overworked muscles that are causing wrinkles in areas like the forehead and around the eyes. When these muscles are specifically targeted with BOTOX® injections, they should begin to relax, helping smooth the wrinkles.
When performed by an experienced, qualified professional, a facial treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can look natural and create a more youthful appearance. To ensure your doctor can create the aesthetic outcome you desire, it can be helpful to review before and after photos as well as their credentials.
Individuals interested in receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic are typically looking to lessen signs of facial aging. The areas most susceptible to wrinkles caused by overactive muscles are between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. However, most lines caused by facial expressions can be smoothed with BOTOX® injections.
While the typical demographic we see for this procedure are women 40 years and older, it has become very common for men and younger women to also request the popular injectable.
Scheduling a treatment with BOTOX® injections at our office is simple and can occur over the phone or in person. Once you arrive for your appointment, our staff will complete a facial examination and discuss the realistic aesthetic goals you can expect. An ice pack will be placed over the injection site to help with numbing, and our staff will begin carefully administering the BOTOX® injections into the targeted treatment area. This is done using a very small needle which helps minimize discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Depending on your goals and how much surface area requires treatment, a number of small injections will be provided. Although the most common treatment area is between the eyebrows, the depth and number of facial wrinkles can be decreased in multiple areas. The entire process typically takes less than 10 minutes.
After BOTOX® injections are placed into the targeted muscles, the formula gradually takes effect, smoothing unwanted wrinkles and lines. This means that results may take a few days or up to one week before they are noticeable. Keep this in mind if you are planning on having the procedure done before any special events. Results from this treatment will typically last anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
Redness and tenderness around the injection site are common, but these typically begin to lessen as soon as 20 minutes to a few hours following the procedure. If bruising occurs, it should fade within a few days or up to one week after the injections are administered. Although very rare, more serious side effects may include drooping eyelids, common symptoms of the flu, an allergic reaction to the injections, or blurred vision. Please contact us if any of these symptoms become noticeable so we may further assist you.
Other BOTOX® Cosmetic Uses
Although BOTOX® injections are commonly used for restoring the appearance of youthfulness to the face, there are some medical concerns for which it can also be effective. One of these concerns is excessive sweating under the armpits.
For individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, BOTOX® injections are known to help reduce this often embarrassing medical condition. Read more about the procedure on our BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis webpage. Or contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation.