Who can perform BOTOX ® Cosmetic treatment?
BOTOX ® Cosmetic therapy should only be performed under the direction of a physician experienced and trained in the use of BOTOX ® Cosmetic.
Has BOTOX ® Cosmetic been tested?
Absolutely! BOTOX ® Cosmetic has been used since 1980 for the treatment of strabismus (lazy eye), and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye blinking). BOTOX ® Cosmetic has been used for hyperfunctional facial lines since 1989. Major reviews of BOTOX ® Cosmetic therapy have been published in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (1966; 34: 788-97), and Dermatological Surgery (1998; 24: 1168-1254). Dr. Downie has been injecting BOTOX ® since 1994 on her patients and since 1996 on herself.
As with any injection, there can be temporary pain, swelling, redness, bruising, headache or local discomfort. The side effects are mainly related to the effect of BOTOX ® Cosmetic on local muscles. Rarely, patients have been reported to develop a slight lowering of an eyelid (ptosis), or slight lowering of the forehead. This is temporary, and resolves in a few weeks. Some patients many have an uneven or incomplete response to treatment. BOTOX ® Cosmetic does reduce the action of the muscles of facial expression. Patients with neuromuscular disorders should inform their doctor before therapy, as they may not be candidates. BOTOX ® Cosmetic therapy should not be administered during pregnancy or while breast feeding.
Where do you put the BOTOX ® Cosmetic?
The frown line between the eyebrows is caused by the action of a muscle called the corrugator. You can feel this muscle as a thickening just below the inside of your eyebrows, when you purposefully make yourself frown.
Injecting BOTOX ® Cosmetic directly into the corrugator muscle stops your ability to draw your eyebrows together when you frown. Once the muscle is relaxed, it cannot contract, and the frown line gradually fades away.
BOTOX ® Cosmetic can also be placed in forehead lines, crow's feet and around the mouth and chin. The FDA has approved BOTOX ® Cosmetic for cosmetic treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows and they are currently in clinical trials for FDA approval for treatment of forehead lines and crow's feet. Finally, BOTOX ® Cosmetic is used to decrease sweating and can be injected in the armpits, hands and feet.
What is BOTOX ® Cosmetic?
It's a simple, nonsurgical procedure that smoothes the lines between your brows. The natural, purified protein relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
What is a BOTOX ® Cosmetic procedure like?
It's a simple, 10-minute treatment that consists of a few tiny injections. The doctor decides exactly where to administer the BOTOX ® Cosmetic for the best results.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. Overall, the discomfort is minimal and temporary.
Is the procedure safe?
BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a natural, purified protein that is administered at very low does. The effects of BOTOX ® Cosmetic are usually confined to injected region. It does not travel throughout the body.
Will I need anesthesia?
No. But your doctor may choose the numb the injected area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream before the actual treatment.
Do I need to take time off from work to recuperate?
Most patients go right back to work or continue their activities immediately after the procedure.
When will I start to see results?
You should begin to see a significant improvement within a few days.
How long will the effects last?
The effects of BOTOX ® Cosmetic last up to 4 months.
Will I experience any side effects?
It's unlikely that you'll develop any significant side effects, but you many notice a slight bruising where BOTOX ® Cosmetic was injected. This is only temporary and can be covered by makeup. The most common side effects are headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. BOTOX ® Cosmetic should not be used if there is an infection at the injection site.
Will my facial expressions look unnatural?
Although the results are dramatic, it will not radically change your facial appearance. The muscles are simply relaxed, so you can still frown, smile, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
Is BOTOX ® Cosmetic expensive?
Actually, it's quite affordable. In fact, BOTOX ® Cosmetic is one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures, ranking 7th in the 9 most widely used procedures in the country.
How can I find out more about BOTOX ® Cosmetics?
You can visit the Web site www.BOTOX ® Cosmetic.net