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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective therapy that improves facial wrinkles, diminishes frown lines, and softens harsh expressions. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and successfully for over 10 years.
In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. The Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery buys its BOTOX® directly from Allergan, the only FDA approved source in the U.S.
Treatments with Botox
Using a tiny micro-needle BOTOX® is injected , very precisely, into several locations on the face. These include the vertical lines between your eyebrows, the horizontal forehead wrinkles, and the corner of your eyes (crow’s feet). BOTOX® injected into these targeted facial expression muscles, block nerve impulses to the muscle so the muscle as a whole contracts less. This results in the overlying skin becoming smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles. The action of frowning is muted, and the frown lines soften, relax, and diminish. The untreated facial muscles contract in normal fashion allowing normal facial expression and feeling to be unaffected.
Following the consultation, the actual procedure takes about 15 minutes. Since there is no down time-you can do it at lunch time- and no one would know you had it done!
Results of BOTOX® Cosmetic
The results of your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will begin to appear from three to seven days. The effect will last three to four months, after which the treated muscles will gradually regain their action. When the frown line starts to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired results. We advise patients to have their first 3 treatments precisely 12 weeks apart and the next 2 treatments about 16 weeks apart. Typically patients who follow this treatment schedule need less Botox and increase the time needed between treatments.
Are there any side effects?
As with any injection, there can be temporary swelling, redness, bruising, headache or local discomfort. Patients with neuromuscular disorders should consult with their physician before receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment should not be administered to women who are pregnant.
How long before Botox/Dysport results can be seen?
Answer: Botox and Dysport are both neuromuscular modulators. They cause blockage of the muscle receptors and weaken the strength of the muscles responsible for facial animation. The goal is to minimize muscle contractions and, therefore, decrease wrinkling during expression. Botox and Dysport can be used interchangeably. The main difference between the two is that Botox has a longer onset of action; it takes about 1 week to see results. Dysport usually takes about 3-4 days before results are able to be seen. Botox typically lasts about 3 months, but if used when animation begins to return, it can have a synergistic effect and last 3-6 months. Dysport usually lasts a little over 3 months and the same synergistic effect can be seen.
Which wrinkles can be treated using Botox Cosmetic?
Answer: You can treat several types of wrinkles using Botox, including:
- The “cobblestone” skin of the chin
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Horizontal forehead lines, also called worry lines
- Smoker’s lines around the lips
- Glabellar lines between the brows
- Bunny lines at the top of the nose
Harsh vertical platysmal neck bands can also be treated.
Can Botox be used for medical purposes?
Answer: While most people think of Botox as purely cosmetic, it can also be used for several medical reasons. It has been approved by the FDA to treat or significantly reduce symptoms in the following medical conditions:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Eyelid spasms
- Muscle contractures
- Migraine headaches
- Strabismus (for those over 12 years of age)
- Upper-limb spasticity (for those over 2 years of age)
- Overactive bladder
- Cervical dystonia
Who is a good candidate for Botox Cosmetic injections?
Answer: A good candidate is someone who is frustrated with their fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Ideal candidates are not pregnant or lactating. Good candidates are realistic about the results they are expecting.
How can someone prepare for a Botox Cosmetic session?
Answer: To prepare for the treatment, discuss your expectations with Dr. Hoffman and stop taking any medications that would potentially complicate the healing process. You should also avoid smoking to experience optimal results.
What happens during a Botox Cosmetic treatment session?
Answer: The procedure begins by cleaning the targeted areas and then marking them as a guide. Botox Cosmetic will then be injected into the muscle under the marked areas. This prevents nerve signals to these contracted muscles, which allows them to relax. This allows the skin of the area to lie flat, making fine wrinkles disappear.
Which precautions should be taken after a session?
Answer: Follow the post-treatment guidelines given by your doctor for the best results. Don’t rub the treated areas, as it could cause the Botox to spread to other regions. Avoid strenuous physical activity for a few days. Also, don’t bend if you’ve had the treatment done between your eyebrows, as this could lead to droopy eyes.