What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your provider will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows. Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.
Post treatment, new collagen and healthy skin cells are produced. Mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scaring and superficial skin discolorations are reduced. The texture of your skin becomes smoother and tightened with increased elasticity.
There is no downtime with a 30-year safety record. Results last from 3 to 6 months.
What to expect?
For the frown lines area, our skin expert will administer 5 injections into the muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.
Injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic into the muscles that cause frown lines temporarily reduces the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.
BOTOX® is usually 85% effective at 4 days and fully effective at 2 weeks. We have seen it in one case take up to 2 weeks before any results were seen. The full effect then did occur at 2 weeks.
There is no downtime to the BOTOX® treatment. As there will be an injection, patients may experience localized pain, tenderness, light swelling, light redness, and/or bleeding/bruising, depending on your body’s natural reactions to injection points. All of these will disappear within a couple of days.
Avoid rubbing or applying significant pressure to the treatment area for 24 hours. This will prevent moving the dosage into an unintended area.
Avoid strenuous excercise and activity for a couple of days. Light to medium excercise is okay.
After the first 24 hours, you may start to gently excercise the muslces in that area. Just do your natural facial expressions—smiling, frowning, grinning, laughing.