Botox Cosmetic is a physician-administered, FDA-approved injectable treatment that minimizes the appearance of lines, wrinkles and furrows caused by repeated facial movements. The result is smoother skin and an expression that looks more rested, youthful and attractive. Botox is typically recommended to patients that are unhappy with noticeable signs of aging, but do not yet need surgical intervention (i.e., facelift). Botox consistently ranks as the most popular aesthetic procedure in the world.
How Botox Works
Botox is a purified protein that targets the muscles that contract to form normal facial movements (e.g., smiling, squinting, laughing). When injected, Botox blocks signals from the nerves to these muscles, paralyzing the muscles and causing the overlying wrinkles/lines to soften.
Botox is commonly used to treat:
- Glabella / frown lines (the area between the brows)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Bunny lines (the wrinkles on the top of your nose)
- Crow’s feet
Botox Treatment: What to Expect
Dr. Belmont examines the patient’s facial lines to assess their moderate to severe presence, a consequence of the action and movements of particular facial muscles. The size, motion and position of the facial muscles vary for each individual.
Dr. Belmont marks these locations and administers several tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic directly into the muscles that generate these lines. The muscles relax and the overlying line or wrinkle becomes less noticeable.
Treatment for each area will require a different number of units of Botox Cosmetic; Dr. Belmont determines which areas should be treated and how many units of Botox Cosmetic should be used.
Treatment with Botox does not require any downtime. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including work, almost immediately. It is important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for 24 hours after the injections, as the Botox product could migrate and cause complications.
How effective is Botox Cosmetic?
In clinical studies of Botox Cosmetic, 82.5 percent of patients noted improvement in glabellar lines one week after treatment. Improvements were still apparent up to four months afterward.
Are there any contraindications?
Patients who are pregnant or nursing should defer their treatment with Botox Cosmetic until a future date.
What should one do in preparation for treatment with Botox Cosmetic?
Avoid the use of aspirin or ibuprofen for seven days before your procedure. Patients are also instructed not to go to bed for at least four hours after treatment.
Do the injections hurt?
The procedure is effectively painless because the needle used for the Botox Cosmetic injection is quite miniscule. Some patients may note nominal discomfort or slight bruising at the points of injection for a few hours afterward.
How long will the effects of Botox Cosmetic last?
Although the duration of the aesthetic effects of Botox Cosmetic will vary from patient to patient, the effects from a single treatment generally last about three to six months. After that, patients will notice a gradual fading of the beneficial effects and may return for their next treatment.
Learn More about Botox
To learn more about Botox in New York City and how it can help you look younger, more rested and more attractive, please contact Dr. Belmont of the Belmont Eye Center today.