Wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial expressions that create dynamic lines. In time, with the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, these dynamic lines can become static lines, or wrinkles, so those who frequently frown may end up with brow lines, and those who squint may develop lines around the eyes.
BOTOX® cosmetic is an effective way to prevent or reverse wrinkles. Originally developed in the ´70s as a treatment for crossed eyes and muscle twitches, BOTOX® was approved in 2002 for cosmetic use. Since that time, BOTOX® has been successfully used to smooth the wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes and lips.
When injected into a muscle, BOTOX® blocks its nerve response and temporarily immobilizes it, so when BOTOX® is used on muscles that control facial expression, such as the corrugator supercilli muscle of the forehead and the periorbital muscles around the eyes, it puts them in a state of relaxation, so wrinkles aren’t as noticeable.
BOTOX® treatment usually lasts from four to six months, so treatment should be repeated periodically to maintain a non-wrinkled effect.
BOTOX® treatment does not require anesthesia, for it is administered with a fine gauge needle that is reported to be painless.
The entire BOTOX® procedure takes about 30 minutes.
BOTOX® should not be used by individuals with nerve disorders or pregnant women.
To minimize the possibility of bruising, it is recommended that patients forgo the use of aspirin, ibuprofen or alcohol for at least two weeks prior to the procedure.
After BOTOX® treatment, patients are advised to remain upright for at least four hours and should avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours until the medicine has a chance to set. After this time period, patients should be able to resume all normal activity.
Approved by the FDA, BOTOX® is considered safe when administered by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.
Although rare, BOTOX® treatment can cause temporary side effects, such as headache, indigestion, drooping eyelids or nausea. However, the possibility of these side effects is greatly lessened if post-procedure directives are carefully followed. The doctor will explain any risks before performing the procedure.