What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that can be injected into the facial muscles to improve the look of crow’s feet lines, forehead lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows. Botox can also be used to slightly lift the brow as well as reduce lines around the neck. Another use for Botox is in the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, also known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Talk with Dr. Carter for more information if you think you might benefit from this procedure.
Botox is a trade name for the toxin that Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce. It is used in controlled and diluted amounts and has proven to be a safe and powerful treatment for wrinkles.
How safe is Botox?
Botox is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in over 75 countries. Botox has a record of experience that is known and trusted by doctors around the world. Likewise, the safety and efficacy of Botox have been evaluated in clinical trials as well as over 400 peer-reviewed articles in both medical and scientific journals. Botox has been FDA-approved extensively tested, and used safely for treating facial lines for decades.
How long do results last?
This varies slightly among patients, but you can expect results to last approximately three to four months. After that, the action of Botox begins to wear off. Some patients can move the muscles gradually for a month or two before seeing signs of wrinkles returning. Receiving ongoing treatments to maintain the reduction of wrinkles is both acceptable and common practice.
What should I expect with my treatment?
You may experience temporary redness and swelling at the injection site which generally lasts no more than a few hours. You may also experience bruising at or around the treated area. Bruises happen infrequently, are generally quite small, and can be easily covered with makeup. You will notice the difference in the muscle’s ability to move before you see the actual lines in the skin soften and become less visible. Reduction of lines should be visible within the first few weeks.
Am I a good candidate for Botox?
Although Botox is safe, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant shouldn’t receive Botox injections. People with neurological conditions should refrain from Botox as well.
Botox isn’t the right injectable for every patient and every wrinkle. Different types of wrinkles require different injectables or fillers. Please schedule a full consultation with our office to decide whether Botox is the best option for you.