When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. BOTOX® Cosmetic helps prevent these lines from deepening while it softens or erases these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed.
What can BOTOX® treatments 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 and is often used to help smooth crow’s feet beside the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
BOTOX® is the brand name for onabotulinum 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 conduction to 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 may be anyone looking to enhance her or his appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that people seeking treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder.
While some people receive BOTOX® treatments two or three times a year, others are more selective in its use. Common “special” uses of BOTOX® include just before class or family reunions, weddings, or prominent social engagements. When used for these purposes it is usually best to receive the treatment about two weeks prior to the special occasion.
The BOTOX® Procedure
Through the use of a small, fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected under the skin into specific muscles of the face that are causing lines and wrinkles. The treatment takes just a few minutes and recovery is immediate, allowing you to return to work and resume your normal daily activities that same day.
The Importance of Choosing a Qualified Provider
Even though BOTOX® is not a surgical procedure, it is important to choose an experienced, qualified provider when deciding to undergo BOTOX® treatments. Dr. Kunkel and his nurse injector Krista are intimately familiar with BOTOX® Cosmetic and have successfully treated hundreds of patients at our office. They take time to talk with each candidate before beginning the treatments. This helps them understand what each person wants to achieve and allows them to determine how to best correct the problem area(s).
BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
Immediately following the BOTOX® treatment some patients may experience mild bruising, which goes away shortly. The wrinkles begin to fade within 24-48 hours, with continued improvement over the next 5 days. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically last about four months. After several BOTOX® treatments, the results may be prolonged.
Risks and Side Effects of BOTOX®
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects caused by BOTOX® are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. In rare cases, slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression may occur.