BOTOX® is a neuromuscular agent that works by blocking signals that normally travel from specific facial muscles to the brain and back again during facial expressions. These signals tell the muscles to contract when smiling, frowning or making other expressions. When the muscles contract, they tug on the overlying skin and cause lines and wrinkles to form. By blocking those signals, the muscles do not contract, and wrinkles can’t form.
No, BOTOX® is used only on dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles, and creases that form as a result of facial movements such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, and brow lines (sometimes called “the elevens” for their vertical appearance). Wrinkles and creases that form as a result of aging, gravity, and other causes can be treated with cosmetic fillers designed to plump up depressions and restore lost volume.
BOTOX® injections use very fine needles and cause very little discomfort. Prior to injection, the skin can be iced to provide a temporary numbing sensation. Once treatment is complete, it’s important not to rub the injection sites to prevent spreading the BOTOX® solution and diminishing its effects.
Following injection with BOTOX®, there may be some mild tenderness, redness or slight bruising at the injection sites, all of which will quickly resolve. BOTOX® injections involve no downtime, and patients can resume their normal routines immediately afterward.
BOTOX® results typically last about four to six months, and repeat injections can help maintain results indefinitely. Over time, repeat BOTOX® injections often soften lines and wrinkles, so the time between injections can be extended.
Yes, many patients have BOTOX® injections and cosmetic fillers to treat both types of wrinkles – dynamic and static – to achieve results similar to a mini facelift but without the surgery, cost or prolonged downtime.
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