Botulinum Toxin “A” is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in all age groups over age 30, with 86% female and 14% male. Botulinum Toxin “A” is one of the greatest and most exciting advances in cosmetic procedures for improving and even erasing the most obvious signs of aging.
Many of the wrinkles we see on our face are due to the dynamic facial expressions we perform everyday, often without conscious awareness. Botulinum Toxin A is a purified protein that works by weakening or relaxing the muscles of the facial expression which insert into the surface of the facial skin. Once the resting tone of these muscles is weakened, the pulling action of these muscles relaxes and the skin flattens out. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to soften and in many cases eliminated.
The toxin takes two (2) to ten (10) days to take effect and lasts between 3-4 months in most individuals, but can last longer. The toxin is most effective for wrinkles in the upper third portion of the face such as the forehead lines, crow’s feet, and the frown lines between the eyebrows. It is not as helpful for the wrinkles in the middle or lower portion of the face, because while relaxing these muscles will eliminate the wrinkles, it can distort your smile and facial expressions.
When the toxin wears off, you will notice a gradual return of the wrinkles. Often, when the wrinkles return they are not as deep as they were before. Some studies show that with regular repeated injections you may maintain your fresh relaxed wrinkle free appearance for longer periods of time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Botox treatment areas
Jaw reduction (masseter)
smile lift (corners of mouth)
vertical lip lines
BOTOX® Cosmetic by Allergan
BEFORE & After
Frequently asked questions
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.
Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
How long does the treatment take?
Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.
When will I see results?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
How long is the recovery time after treatment?
After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.