OnabotulinumtoxinA, also known as Botox® Cosmetic, is an injectable muscle relaxant which effectively reduces facial wrinkles for a significantly more youthful appearance. Opposing muscle groups control a person’s facial expression. A skilled injector balances these upward and downward forces. The desired result creates the ideal amount of lift, eliminating or markedly reducing unwanted horizontal wrinkles in the forehead or brow, or smoothing frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Botox has other uses as well, including treatment of muscle spasms, migraine headaches, and even severe underarm perspiration.
The effect of the injections eventually wears off, and patients need repeat treatments.
Botox injections are performed without the need for anesthesia or numbing cream. The needle is so thin (32g) that most patients experience relatively minor discomfort from the injections.
Patients often want to reduce the downward pull between their eyebrows. Weakening these muscles, results in a slight brow lift. Then the doctor may relax the muscles that lift the brow a little to soften the overall effect. Similarly, with the lateral part of the eyelid and around the eyes, the surgeon treats a portion of a muscle to get the desired effect, relaxing areas under those expression lines.
Prior to your treatment we’ll discuss the areas of your face which most concern you. Then we will explain what Botox can accomplish for you and answer your questions.
Sometimes no single solution works to achieve every person’s goal, and other factors need to be considered, such as your skin’s elasticity, possible skin damage, your medical history, and typical effects of aging. The doctor will discuss a variety of options to help you determine the best choices for your needs, and any potential side effects. You may also consider Injectable Fillers, or Advanced Skin Care treatments to achieve the desired results.
Botox procedures require finesse and need to be meticulously performed in such a way that you don’t develop an unnatural or frozen look, which can appear when performed ineptly. People want to be able to express emotions with their face, but don’t want a hardened expression. For this reason, an experienced injector is the best choice to administer Botox injections.
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