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Botox® Cosmetic - What is it?

Neuromodulators are used to temporarily relax the muscles responsible for causing wrinkles and fine lines. When thinking of facial wrinkles we have dynamic and static lines. Dynamic lines are the ones that form with our everyday expressions such as smiling, talking and laughing. As we age we begin to lose collagen production, therefore if these lines are not treated with a neuromodulator they become static. Static lines are ones that don't disappear at rest, these lines are harder to treat with neuromodulators. This is why we recommend preventive treatment.

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® temporarily relaxes certain muscles that cause wrinkles. The standard muscles that are treated include forehead, crows feet, and in between the eyebrows. By relaxing these muscles the skin is given an even and rejuvenated appearance. After treatment people will start noticing lines start to smooth out over the course of a few days. Improvement will continue for several days and optimal results are seen at 2-3 weeks after injections.

What are the Side Effects of Botox®?

There are no common side effects when injecting Botox®, however some redness and swelling may be present after treatment but this will disappear within a few minutes. Patients are able to resume daily routines immediately but should avoid working out, manipulating the areas injecting and laying down for a couple of hours.

What areas can be treated with Botox®?

The areas that can be treated with Botox® include Crows feet, Forehead lines, Lip flip (above the lips), Bunny lines (sides of the nose), Jelly eye roll (under the eyes), Neferiti Lift (aka neck lift to help with jowling), Brow lift, Gummy smile (when the gum appearance overtakes the smile), Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), Nasal flaring, Masseter (teeth grinding and/or jawline improvement).

  • Crows feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Lip flip (above the lips)
  • Bunny lines (sides of the nose)
  • Jelly eye roll (under the eyes)
  • Neferiti Lift (aka neck lift to help with jowling)
  • Brow lift
  • Gummy smile (when the gum appearance overtakes the smile)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Nasal flaring
  • Masseter (teeth grinding and/or jawline improvement)

How long does Botox® last?

The effects of Botox® can last up to three to four months depending on the patient's metabolism. To achieve optimal results 3-4 visits a year are recommended to maintain a good result.

What is the Post-Care for Botox®?

After receiving Botox® injections, it's essential to follow some post-care guidelines to ensure the best results and minimize potential side effects.

  • Avoid touching or rubbing the treated area for at least 24 hours to prevent the spread of the toxin to unintended areas.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise or activities that may increase blood flow to the face for the first 24 hours following the injections.
  • Avoid lying down flat for around 4 hours after the injections.
  • Do not massage or manipulate the treated area for the first few days following the injections.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours post-treatment as it may increase the risk of bruising at the injection site.
  • Stay away from saunas, hot tubs, or any activities that involve exposure to high heat or extreme cold for at least 24 hours after the injections.

Who is a candidate for Botox®?

Botox® injections are primarily used for cosmetic purposes to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines caused by muscle movements such as forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) aka “the 11’s” and the crow’s feet around the eyes. However, Botox® also has various medical applications for conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) in areas such as the underarms, palms of hands and soles of the feet. Botox® can also help with muscle spasms and disorders like cervical dystonia (a neurological disorder causing neck and shoulder muscle contractions), blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid twitching), or other muscle-related disorders where Botox® can help relax muscles and reduce spasms.

Want To Learn More about Botox®?

To learn more about your candidacy about Botox®, please schedule an appointment with one of our Providers for an in-person evaluation and examination. Your Providers will help you decide if this treatment is your best option for reaching your aesthetic goals.

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