Botox Procedure Overview
Dr. Brown offers non-surgical procedures such as Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) injections to treat wrinkles
in the face. While the effects are temporary, it can be used to treat frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet wrinkles, bands in the neck, and with caution Botox can treat wrinkles around the mouth.
What is Botox?–
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles of the face, including the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows, around the mouth and in the neck to improve wrinkles and frown lines and to achieve a smoother more relaxed and youthful appearance. It is a purified protein and helps to block the transmitting of signals from the nerve to the facial muscles, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles of the face Specifically, when injected with an artistic eye and an understanding of facial anatomy, Botox Cosmetic injections can be used creatively to lift the brow and open the eyes, rejuvenate the mouth and lips and shape the contours of the face.
Cosmetic injections to the face are often combined simultaneously with soft tissue fillers to provide total non-surgical rejuvenation. In essence, it relaxes the muscles, which prevents them from tensing and thereby creating lines in the face. This treatment can last up to four months and can be repeated. People may feel minor to no discomfort from the sterile injection of the medication. Experience is paramount for natural, long lasting results.
Is there generic Botox? – No. At the present time there is no alternative substance that can achieve the same results. No other similar neurotoxin formulations have been FDA approved.
What else is Botox used for? – There are some newer uses, such as treating patients who are paralysed on one side of their face. Injecting Botox into the “normal” side of the face results in more symmetrical features. Other conditions that are currently being studied for treatment are migraine headaches, excessive armpit sweating, severe muscle spasms, and even vascular disease of the fingers.
Before Botox Procedure
How long does it take for Botox to work and how long does it last? – You will see the effects approximately 5-7 days after the initial injection, with the peak effect after 2 weeks. If no change is seen after 2 weeks, a repeat treatment may be necessary. Injection effects typically last 4-6 weeks, with some patients showing results up to 9 months.
What wrinkles aren’t improved by Botox? – Botox can only help wrinkles that are the effect of underlying muscles that create them. Very fine wrinkles due to collagen structure damage, like “smoker’s lines” or deep sun damage, will not respond to treatment. In addition, older patients with very deep skin wrinkles can expect only a moderate improvement.
How painful are Botox injections? – Most patients feel a small prick at the injection site and a quick burning sensation as it spreads. The discomfort dissipates as soon as the injection is over. Local anaesthesia is not necessary for this procedure.
After Procedure Care
What about redness and bruising? – Redness and bruising are minimal and generally resolve within 24-48 hours.
What restrictions are there after treatment with Botox? – There are no restrictions after treatment with Botox.
What if I have a problem? When should I call the office? – We always welcome calls from patients. If you have any concerns at any time, please feel free to contact our office. If it is an emergency, the answering service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.