Look Your Best With BOTOX Injections
We all want to look our best but that’s not always easy. Especially as forehead and frown lines start to develop with age. As these creases deepen they can make us appear angry when in fact we actually feel quite content. BOTOX injections help eliminate these perpetual frowns. It restores a more serene appearance to our faces.
BOTOX injections have been used therapeutically for more than 17 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries and remains the most-studied botulinum toxin in the world. In 2002, the same formulation was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the label of BOTOX Cosmetic. It is used for treatment of Moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.
Benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic Injections
The injections are most effective on “dynamic” wrinkles, those wrinkles that appear when moving your face. The only way to prevent the formation of these wrinkles is by not moving the muscle at all. BOTOX injections free you from this burden and allow you to fully express yourself without the worry of forming wrinkles.
What are the common side effects?
The most common side effects following the injections include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Some patients experience localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton, syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Who can be treated with BOTOX Cosmetic?
Men and women between the ages of 18 and 65. People of varying ethnicities have been treated with BOTOX Cosmetic. Since it works only the underlying muscles it is not expected to affect skin color.
Take a look at the results of the American Society for the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) 2006 statistic report:
- BOTOX Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States for the fifth year in a row (surgical and nonsurgical combined) with nearly 3.2 million treatments in 2006.
- Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 22% of all physician-administered cosmetic procedures.
- Men accounted for nearly 1 million physician-administered cosmetic procedures.
- Patients ages 19 to 34 accounted for 22% of all physician-administered cosmetic procedures.
Will I still be able to make Facial expressions with BOTOX?
Although you may see a marked improvement the treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic does not make you look like you’ve “had work done”. The muscle activity that causes frown lines is simply reduced. You can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
How soon will I see a difference?
You can expect to see results within days after your treatment, and the appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.
Clinical studies have found that 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better by day 30. Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. After that, many patients are ready to return for a follow-up treatment. Results may vary, only a personalized consultation with a doctor can determine the best approach for you.
How Long Does a BOTOX Treatment Last?
You can expect the benefits of your BOTOX treatment to last for between three and six months. After that time the effects of the injection will begin to wear off and the muscles that lead to wrinkles will begin to become active again. One of the benefits of regular BOTOX cosmetic injectables treatment is that over time the affected muscles of the face begin to shrink and reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles. To a certain extent, BOTOX stops the clock and even slowly turns it back.
How Many Times can I Receive BOTOX Treatments?
One of the most exciting things about BOTOX cosmetic injectables is that as long as you follow the doctor’s recommendations for care and recovery, you can safely get BOTOX treatments over and over again. Once you become used to the way BOTOX smooths out your skin and adds youth to your appearance you do not want to rely on cosmetic products alone. Repeat use of BOTOX creates no health hazards and very minimal risk of an immunity developing.
How Should I Prepare for BOTOX?
The first and most important step is to consult with a doctor and determine if cosmetic injectables like BOTOX are the right way to achieve your goals. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, you will want to stop taking any supplements or medications that can thin your blood a week before hand. The day of the treatment you should also avoid wearing makeup or applying any products to your skin. Be sure to follow any other recommendations established by your doctor.
What Should I Do After a BOTOX Treatment?
A big part of the appeal of cosmetic injectables like BOTOX is that they are quick, easy, and relatively painless to utilize. Plus, the recovery period is short and typically inconsequential. After receiving the cosmetic injectables, you will want to avoid touching the skin around the injection site for 24 hours. You will also want to avoid any strenuous activity and excessive consumption of alcohol. There are a number of beauty products you can rely on to minimize the appearance of temporary bruising or swelling. Immediately seek out a doctor if you experience any unexpected side effects.