Botox® is a procedure to smooth out wrinkles or lines in the face. It involves injecting Botulinum Toxin injections into specific facial muscles to weaken them which results in smoother lines along the forehead and brow. The procedure safe and effective in well-trained hands. Common areas for Botox® injections include horizontal forehead lines, vertical lines between the eyebrows and "crow's feet" around the eyes. Botox® has proven to be one of the best ways of making the upper third of the face appear younger, but still natural. Any potential risks with Botox injections will be thoroughly discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
Reasons for Considering a Botox® Treatment
- Deep lines along your forehead.
- Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.
- A vertical “frown line” between your eyebrows.
- Horizontal lines across the nose.
- General Procedure
The procedure works by weakening the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. A cream with local anesthetic will be placed on your skin prior to treatment. Botox® is then injected with a tiny needle and is relatively painless. Botox® works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. The effects of a Botox® treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.
Patients are instructed on some simple facial exercises and to avoid exercise for 24 hours. It takes about a week to see the effect, which tends to improve over time. Patients should avoid any strenuous activity for a minimum of 4 hours after the injections. It is also important to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for about 24 hours.