About Botox Cosmetic
Injections of Botox® Cosmetic are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure for one reason —it goes directly to the core of the concern, working directly on the muscles that cause facial wrinkles and forehead frowning. When the muscles treated are temporarily weakened the face will appear smooth, relaxed and wrinkle free.
How it Works
Botox is made of the botulinum toxin type A, which when used in very small amounts, has been found to temporarily paralyze muscles. On the face this is important because muscles are the culprit behind wrinkles, in this case the wrinkles caused by repeated actions such as frowning or squinting. When injected into the muscle creating the wrinkle, Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscle, stopping the muscle from contracting. With the muscle temporarily paralyzed, the wrinkle on the surface is reduced or disappears.
Areas of Treatment
Botox is very effective in reducing the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, lines between the eyebrows (colloquially known as the “11s”), Crows Feet, Worry lines, Expression lines above lip, Neck Lines, Neferiti- Neck Lift, Hyperhidrosis- reduction in underarm sweat and TMJ.
Botox doesn’t work on wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity because they are not muscle triggered; addressing those wrinkles is the domain of fillers.
WATCH THE PROCEDURE BEING ADMINISTERED BY DR WARE
Cherie Currie at the Los Feliz Medspa with Dr. Michelle Ware for her Botox Cosmetic treatment. Currie was the lead vocalist of “The Runaways” , a rock band from LA in the mid-to-late 1970s
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
A Botox session takes just a few minutes, the injections delivered with a very fine needle. Anesthesia is not necessary. Results are not immediate, usually taking from three to seven days to fully take effect. (Include a longer time frame to take effect)
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
The effects of Botox last from four to six months. As the Botox is absorbed, muscle action gradually returns and with it the lines and wrinkles caused by those muscles. Another Botox session will then be needed to maintain your results. However, over time, lines and wrinkles appear less severe because the muscles are being trained to relax.
POST PROCEDURE CONCERNS
Bruising at the injection sites is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches that can last up to two days can also result, but are rare. Some patients may develop eyelid drooping when the Botox affects an adjoining muscle, but this again is rare and usually ends within three weeks. To minimize this Botox migration, patients should not rub the treated area for 12 hours after their procedure.
ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE INFORMATION
How does Botox work? What conditions does Botox treat?
Made of natural purified protein, BOTOX is injected directly into the muscles on the patient’s affected areas to effectively block the nerve signals being transmitted along the nervous fibers that signal the muscles in these areas to contract. This results in reduced muscular activity on the treated areas that is the prevailing cause of wrinkle formation. Over time, the temporary paralyzing action on the underlying muscles will result in a significant reduction of the intensity of the appearance of the wrinkles, making the patient’s skin smoother, firmer, and younger-looking.
WHO is/isn’t a candidate for Botox?
Women who are pregnant or breast feeding are not candidates for BOTOX Cosmetic.
Is there any preparation for the treatment?
There is no preparation needed for receiving BOTOX Cosmetic treatment.
How long does the actual treatment take?
The actual treatment usually takes around 30 minutes total.
Does it hurt? What is the sensation like?
There is the usual discomfort at the injection site as well as headaches, neck pain, tiredness, and dry mouth in some cases.
What can I expect immediately after treatment?
You may notice some slight swelling, which will dissipate within a few hours after treatment. Patients are advised to avoid applying any unnecessary pressure on the treatment areas to avoid additional adverse effects that include swelling of the eyelids, drooping eyelids, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, or even decreased eyesight.
How many treatments are recommended?
Many patients come in for treatment every 3-4 months.
Is there any down time? Side effects?
While there is no actual downtime, you may notice some slight swelling, which will dissipate within a few hours after treatment. You may also notice some light brusing for a couple of days, which is very common and will gradually disappear. You may notice some changes in 3-5 days and complete affects after 1-2 weeks.
If symptoms of an allergic reaction are experienced (such as itching, redness, dizziness, or difficulty breathing) the patient must seek medical attention right away.
What should I avoid after the treatment?
For 4 hours after treatment, you need to keep your head and neck upright. Do not bend over, lie flat, or place your head against a pillow. Allow at least 4 hours to pass before touching, pressing, or manipulating the treated areas.
How long until I can resume my usual activities?
You can resume your usual activities after treatment as long as your head and neck remain in the upright position. Moderate exercise can also be done after treatment.