Repeated facial movements, such as smiling, frowning, or other expressions, can cause fine lines that deepen and become more permanent as you age. These wrinkles and creases can make you look angry, sad, and older than you feel. Luckily, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to smooth and soften creases caused by facial expressions. At The Medical Skin Clinic, we use BOTOX® Cosmetic to help numerous patients restore their youthful beauty.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by facial movements are also known as “dynamic wrinkles”. BOTOX® Cosmetic uses a diluted form of botulinum toxin A that is injected directly into specific muscle groups, inhibiting their ability to contract and temporarily immobilizing them.
Am I a Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment?
Patients who wish to address moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles without surgery may be good candidates for treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Patients should be in good general health and under 65 years of age. Your candidacy will be discussed with you during your consultation.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA-approved and safe to use in numerous areas of the face, including the following:
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical frown lines
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Chin wrinkles
- Lip lines
- Vertical neck bands
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections take only 15 to 20 minutes to perform, depending on the number of areas being treated. The injections are made strategically into several points of specific facial muscles. You can also combine your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment with other injectable options, like dermal fillers, for enhanced results.
Recovery and Results
After your injections, you may experience swelling, redness, and slight bruising. These side effects are temporary and should resolve within a few days. Strenuous activities should be avoided for about 24 hours after treatment to help prevent headaches.
Frown lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines, and other wrinkles caused by facial expressions will be reduced, giving you a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Initial results typically appear within three to five days. Final results can usually be seen in about seven to ten days. On average, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic last for three to four months, though some individuals may see results for up to six months. Treatments can be repeated as needed results.