BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments are becoming increasingly preferred as an effective treatment for wrinkles produced by muscle activity. In fact, both across the country and in Akron, OH, BOTOX Cosmetic injections are consistently the most commonly performed cosmetic treatment. This non-surgical treatment can smooth wrinkles on the face and create a more youthful appearance, especially around the eye area and the forehead. When used on the forehead and around the eyes, the final effect is to:
- Smooth the horizontal furrows on the forehead
- Smooth the deep, vertical creases between the eyes
- Improve the thin wrinkles surrounding the eyes (the “crow’s feet”)
What is BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX Cosmetic is an injected substance made of botulinum toxin Type A, a purified protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. When injected into a facial muscle, it temporarily inactivates the muscle, essentially making the muscle so it can’t contract and produce wrinkles, known as dynamic wrinkles. It is injected in minute doses to achieve an isolated effect, without spreading to other nearby muscles.
What are some of the most common benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic?
Our patients are extremely pleased with the results of BOTOX treatments in Akron, OH. BOTOX can change a person’s expression from one of anger to one that appears well rested. The treatments are effective, affordable, convenient and long lasting with no down time. BOTOX Cosmetic dramatically softens, and, in certain cases, eliminates the wrinkles in these areas. BOTOX Cosmetic can be used in conjunction with a brow lift, facelift, eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion to enhance and maintain results for longer periods of time.
BOTOX Cosmetic is Booming!
Looking for a quick fix for wrinkles?
Not long ago, cosmetic BOTOX treatments were used mostly by television personalities, actors and wealthy professionals who wanted to erase the signs of aging. But now, with hundreds of thousands of people having achieved astonishing results without any adverse side effects, the popularity of BOTOX injections in Akron, Ohio continues to grow tremendously.
With FDA approval for cosmetic use expected at any moment, the popularity of BOTOX Cosmetic is expected to skyrocket. In fact, you might want to schedule your treatment sooner rather than later! Contact us to schedule your appointment.
BOTOX in Akron, OH – Am I a Candidate?
Almost everyone is a candidate for BOTOX. However, those who should not use BOTOX Cosmetic include those who are pregnant, nursing or have certain neurologic diseases.
Uses of BOTOX Cosmetic
Wrinkles caused by muscle use, known as dynamic wrinkles, can benefit from BOTOX Cosmetic treatments. Wrinkles produced by aging skin and the sun do not improve with BOTOX Cosmetic treatments. Wrinkles most effectively treated include:
- Horizontal creases on the forehead
- Vertical creases between the eyes (the glabella area)
- Wrinkles on the temple side of the eyes, the “crow’s feet”
- Wrinkles on the sides of the nose, “bunny lines”
- Wrinkles on the upper lip, pursed lips
- Vertical cords on the neck
BOTOX Cosmetic is also used in a variety of medical conditions, including treatment of migraine and tension headache, chronic muscular pain, abnormal facial movements, tremors, and excessive sweating of the palms, soles of the feet and underarms.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
The initial consultation will begin at our office in Akron, Ohio, with a complete medical history and exam. You should tell your doctor if you have had BOTOX Cosmetic before and if you have any allergies. You may be asked to look into a mirror and point out those areas of your face that you would like to see improved. You should be very frank in discussing what you hope to achieve with surgery. This will help us understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. Other options available to you will be discussed along with risks and limitations. The costs of the treatment will be explained. Your photograph will be taken.
BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are a temporary solution for wrinkles created by muscle contraction. A more permanent treatment can be obtained with surgical procedures that remove or partially remove the muscle that cause the wrinkle. A forehead lift is a alternative for treating the horizontal forehead wrinkles and the vertical wrinkles between the eyes. Laser or chemical resurfacing can be used to improve the crow’s feet lines. However, the optimal treatment of these lines is the combination of BOTOX Cosmetic and skin rejuvenation. Some wrinkles are so deep that a “filler” such as RestylaneTM or collagen is necessary to further correct the furrow. A new laser, the V Beam Laser, has also been shown to improve wrinkles around the eyes.
Risks and Limitations
Hundreds of thousands of people have undergone BOTOX Cosmetic injections without adverse effects. However, there are minor risks with any medical treatment. Mild bruising or swelling may occur at the injection site. Some people may notice a mild headache, which can easily be treated with Tylenol. In rare cases, the BOTOX Cosmetic injection can spread beyond the desired area. If the injection in the eyebrow area spreads to the eyelid, there can be a temporary drooping of the upper eyelid, which is treatable with eye drops until it resolves within a few weeks. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of the doctor, both before and after your BOTOX Cosmetic treatment.
BOTOX Cosmetic can improve wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions and muscle action. Wrinkles caused by aging and the sun are not improved, but can be improved with other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as a medically-based skin care program, microdermabrasion and laser or chemical skin resurfacing treatments.
How are BOTOX Cosmetic treatments performed?
BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are performed in the office. Most people experience minimal discomfort (comparable to an insect bite) and do not require any anesthesia. However, for those who desire anesthesia, a prescribed cream can be applied to the skin 45 minutes before the injection to numb the skin. Using a very thin needle and syringe, small amounts of BOTOX Cosmetic are injected at multiple sites on the face. The treatment takes 15 to 30 minutes. You can return to work or home after the treatment.
What can I expect after the BOTOX Cosmetic Injection?
There is no pain after the injection. Immediately after the procedure, you should stay upright for three to four hours and avoid rubbing the injection sites. You can continue with all of your activities the day following the injection. It takes three to five days for the effects of BOTOX Cosmetic to be visible. The full effect may not be evident for two weeks.
What is the long-term outcome for most people?
The degree of improvement varies from person to person, but the results last for three to six months. With subsequent treatments, the results tend to last longer. The treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the result. Repeat treatment is recommended when movement in the area starts to return.