Standard Optical Cosmetic Services
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
- Latisse Eye Lash Treatment
- Blepharoplasty (Lid Lifts)
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified neurotoxin complex manufactured by Allergan. This toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles, causing a form of paralysis to each muscle group. Although it is a toxin, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely by ophthalmologists for over 10 years. It has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990's with no serious side effects. In fact, people with migraine or chronic headache pain often find relief of their symptoms after BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy.
This naturally formed substance (BOTOX® Cosmetic) is injected into muscle that is contracting abnormally. Be assured that BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy is safe. It has been tested and used for aesthetic purposes for many years and is an especially popular treatment for visible signs of aging.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into a specific muscle so that only the action of that muscle will be paralyzed. Therefore, the problem that muscle causes will be stopped, leaving your skin smooth and relaxed. After the treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion. Some of the most common areas treated include crow's feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles.
Can It Be Used for Wrinkles?
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are best on the upper third of the face. Forehead lines, furrows between the eyebrows, and lines around the eyes (crow's feet) respond favorably to the treatment. Frown lines (below the mouth) and chin creases may also be improved with a BOTOX® Cosmetic injection, but response here varies among individuals. Please visit our office for a personal consultation on how BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can help you.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are typically related to the area where the solution is injected. There may be a slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. There are no reports currently of damage to the eye, with injections to the eyelid. There have been no permanent treatment side effects. In fact, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments have recently been awarded approval for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration.
Am I a Candidate?
If you would like to learn more about what BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can do for you, simply call our office for a personal cosmetic consultation. Our doctors are experienced in BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and will be able to tell you if the treatments will work for you.
Will the Effect Last?
The actual BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment takes only a few minutes and takes effect in three to four days. Gradually over three to five months the effects of the treatment will fade, and the muscle action will return. When expression lines start to reappear, a simple repeat treatment will maintain the desired result.
Smooth Out the Past
Many of us would love to improve our appearance, but don't have either the time or the desire to undergo cosmetic surgery. With today's advancements, there are things that we can do to make amazing changes without surgery or a long recovery period. Thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, dynamic lines can be dramatically softened. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can be used to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines crow's feet and other wrinkles caused by aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments today. This procedure can be done on a lunch break and requires no anesthesia or recovery. Overall, the vast majority of patients love this "quick fix" and return for a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment boost as soon as the wrinkles begin to reappear!