BOTOX® Cosmetic for frown and worry lines is the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). BOTOX® Cosmetic is very often the first cosmetic procedure patients try and has become the leading non-surgical cosmetic procedure in patient satisfaction.
What are wrinkle relaxing injections?
Doctors have used wrinkle relaxing injections in medical practice for over 15 years for treatment of muscle spasticity and facial spasms and over 12 years for the treatment of lines, wrinkles and furrows.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Acetylcholine is a chemical “messenger” produced in our nerves to stimulate the muscles to contract. BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the release of acetylcholine therefore reducing muscle contraction. This contraction reducing action on the muscle is never permanent and wears off in several months.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work to reduce facial lines?
Many facial lines are caused by repeated use of the facial muscles of expression e.g. squinting and frowning. By reducing the amount of facial muscle movement the lines can be softened.
Injections are placed directly into the muscles, temporarily putting them to “sleep’” for a period of three to six months. The aim of the treatment is to break the habit of frowning or squinting and thus reduce the appearance of the lines and also reduce the development of further facial lines.
After your treatment it will take 2-3 days for the effects to start to be seen reaching its maximum effect at 7-10 days. The treatment may last from to 3-6 months, on average 4 months. With ongoing treatment the effects may last longer.
Occasionally you may require a top-up injection at two weeks if the muscle is not adequately relaxed. It is always better to inject a conservative amount and add more if required. BOTOX® Cosmetic will make it difficult to frown and squint and therefore reduce facial lines However if you try very hard you will be able to move the muscles a little. This does not mean the treatment has not worked.
If you’d like to speak with our experienced staff, call the office or request a callback through our online callback form. We’re happy to explain how BOTOX® Cosmetic is used for far more than frowns or worry lines.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects are minimal and all are temporary. The injections may sting very slightly but they are not painful. Other side effects are minimal redness and swelling at the injection sites that usually disappears after an hour or so. There is also a small risk of bruising at the injections sites. You may experience transient headache and numbness at the treatment sites.
There is a very small risk of eyelid drooping (ptosis) and slight puffiness following treatment. In the unlikely event that this occurs, it is always temporary and usually settles after 2-3 weeks. The incidence of ptosis is about 2% but always ask your practitioner what problems they have had with treatments as this will differ between doctors.
After several treatments, very rarely some patients become resistant to the drug and it no longer works effectively.