1. WHAT CAUSES FROWN LINES BETWEEN MY BROWS AND ON MY FOREHEAD?
These lines appear due to the result of muscle movement over time as skin becomes less elastic. BOTOX Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses which reduces the muscle movement.
2. HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein made by bacteria cultured in a laboratory.This protein blocks the ability of nerve endings to induce muscle contraction. Until a new nerve ending is regenerated, that specific muscle fiber can not function. Nerve ending regeneration takes 3-4 months hence the longevity of this treatment. BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscle fibers that are intended to be relaxed.
3. IS THIS TREATMENT FDA APPROVED?
BOTOX Cosmetic has been used over the past twenty five years in children with strabismus / shaky eyes and individuals with involuntary unwanted muscle contraction with great success and patient satisfaction. Since early 1990’s, it has been widely used for cosmetic purposes. BOTOX Cosmetic was FDA approved for cosmetic purposes in 2002 and remains the ONLY FDA approved treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe frown lines.
4. WHAT CAN BOTOX BE USED TO TREAT?
BOTOX Cosmetic is a quick, minimally invasive treatment used for cosmetic improvement of the upper third of the face. BOTOX Cosmetic can also block sweating of the armpits, palms, and soles for up to one year with one treatment.
5. IS THIS A DANGEROUS PROCEDURE?
The main ingredient of BOTOX Cosmetic is the botulinum molecule, which is a protein made by a type of bacteria in the laboratory. Botulism is a condition in which the body in infected with millions of the bacteria producing this protein. During a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment only a very small amountof the purified protein is injected into the muscle group to be treated, not the bacteria. The closet analogy is the use of fire or electricity. If uncontrolled, fire or electricity can kill a person; if controlled they are very helpful and harmless.
6. WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED IN HAVING AN INJECTION OF BOTOX?
Since a purified protein and NOT the actual bacteria is introduced into the muscle, there is no health hazard to the rest of the body. Since only a minute amount of this protein is used for cosmetic purposes, chance of allergic reactions is highly unlikely. There is no reported irreversible side effect of cosmetic use of BOTOX Cosmetic at this time. The reversible complications of BOTOX Cosmetic include bruising, most commonly around the eyes, drooping of the eyebrows and/or the eyelids when the forehead is treated, and dryness of the eye when the crow’s feet are treated.
7. WHAT KIND OF RESULTS ARE EXPECTED AFTER A BOTOX TREATMENT?
Similar to any other event in nature, BOTOX Cosmetic treatment outcome follows the bell-shaped curve pattern. Five percent of patients will be thrilled, 93% will be satisfied to various degrees, and 2% will be unsatisfied with complications or not fully achieving the desired outcome. Overall, individuals who have had BOTOX Cosmetic treatment feel a great boost to their confidence about their appearance and the way others perceive their facial expressions.
8. WHEN WILL I NOTICE THE EFFECTS OF MY BOTOX TREATMENT?
The procedure takes approximately ten minutes, followed by no recovery period or downtime. It takes 48-72 hrs to begin noticing relaxation of the treated muscle group. If seven days after your treatment you are still able to contract the treated muscle group, contact the office.Touchups are offered within 30 days of your treatment for a reduced fee. Effects from your treatment can last up to four months, at which time a follow-up visit is recommended.
9. HOW DO I KNOW IF BOTOX COSMETIC IS RIGHT FOR ME ?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and feel that reducing the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines may improve your appearance, BOTOX Cosmetic may be right for you!