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Botox® can benefit patients who wish to reduce frown lines, horizontal forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
In select patients, Dr. Selene can also use Botox® around the mouth to lessen smokers’ lines and to turn up the corners of a frowning mouth. She has also used Botox® to improve the appearance of necklines and jawlines in appropriate patients.
How does Botox® work and why?
As we age, our skin loses elasticity, allowing frown and other expression lines to become deeply etched on our faces. Treatment with Botox® can smooth and relax the muscles that cause these deep lines and creases, fading away wrinkles and offering patients younger-looking skin.
Botox® is injected directly into the overactive facial muscles, relaxing the muscles for three to six months. This process smooths out lines and creases, and replaces that stern, tired or unhappy look with one that is youthful and vibrant.
What is treatment like?
Botox® treatment takes only a few minutes to perform and takes effect in four to ten days. Dr. Selene will administer several tiny injections to relax the underlying muscle groups.
How long does it last?
Between three to six months after receiving the injection, patients will see the Botox® effect begin to fade as muscle action returns. When the frown lines start to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired results. What’s more, subsequent treatments may provide more of the desired effect than previous treatments.
Is there any downtime?
Treatment with Botox® is fast, simple and minimally invasive, with no down time or recovery. Most people return to work or normal activity following treatment. Within days, they report looking and feeling more natural and relaxed.
What are the side effects of Botox?
The most common side effects include headache, nausea, muscle weakness and redness where the medicine was injected. These effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own.
What is BOTOX® exactly?
Botox® is the brand name for a natural, purified protein, botulinum toxin type A.
Is it safe?
BOTOX® has been used for decades for the treatment of strabismus (lazy eye) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eyeblinking) and has an excellent safety profile. The side effects experienced have been minor and temporary. The complications are related to the local injection of the solution. There will be slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. Rare and temporary complications include eyelid ptosis or drooping, and headaches. Please ask your doctor if you have any concerns.