BOTOX® is a neuromuscular agent that's injected into specific facial muscles to prevent those muscles from contracting during certain facial movements like squinting and frowning. Because the muscles don't contract, they can't pull and tug on the skin, which is what creates lines and wrinkles over time. BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals between the muscles and the brain, making it a very effective solution for treating so-called dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of movement.
BOTOX® is primarily used to treat lines around the eyes (crow's feet), frown lines that form between the eyebrows and forehead lines and wrinkles, also called glabellar lines. Injections of BOTOX® can also be used around the eyebrows to gently lift the brows, helping women and men look more awake and rested.
Yes, many patients opt to have both BOTOX® and injectables like Restylane® or Juvederm® to smooth wrinkles throughout the face, resulting in a “mini facelift” without the need for surgery.
Unlike other types of needles like those used for vaccines, BOTOX® uses very fine needles, and most patients report very little discomfort during treatment. When discomfort occurs, ice packs can be gently applied to the injection site after treatment. Patients should avoid rubbing the area to prevent the BOTOX® solution from moving out of the treatment area.
The face contains dozens of interconnected muscles, and while BOTOX® is designed to target a specific few, the treatment itself can and will have an effect on the overall appearance of the face. For optimal results, the clinician must have a deep understanding of all the facial muscles to ensure the best needle placement as well as the precise amount of BOTOX® to use to achieve the desired outcome. Cosmetic surgeons have extensive training in facial anatomy, making them ideally suited for BOTOX® treatment.
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