What Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Be Used for?
Along with natural aging, repeated brow movements can cause wrinkles and fine lines to develop across the forehead. Not only are these unwanted physical signs that you are aging, but they are also impossible to conceal under makeup. BOTOX® Cosmetic works to relax the muscles that cause forehead wrinkles, resulting in smoother, more youthful skin.
The unwanted signs of aging are not limited to only wrinkles. Glabellar lines, or frown lines, are furrows between the brows that can be permanently etched in the skin. The appearance of frown lines can age you and make you look angry. This injectable helps smooth out the vertical lines between the eyes and rejuvenate your upper face.
Crow’s feet develop and extend from the outer corners of the eyes. These unwanted lines can be caused by repeated facial movements like laughing and squinting and are typically the first sign of natural aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can temporarily smooth out these wrinkles and rejuvenate your facial features.
In addition to addressing the more common signs of aging in the upper face, BOTOX® Cosmetic can also do the following:
- Reduce skin dimpling on the chin
- Lift the corners of the mouth
- Correct a gummy smile
- Soften a square jawline
- Diminish neck bands
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Process
Your BOTOX® Consultation
During your consultation, your BOTOX® Cosmetic injector will assess your facial anatomy to determine the amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic required and the best placement for your injections.
In addition, you will discuss your surgical goals, your general health status, and additional facial rejuvenation procedures that can be combined with BOTOX® if you have other concerns.
How Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Injected?
Before your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, a numbing cream may be applied to the treated area to ease any discomfort. A thin needle will be used to inject botulinum toxin into the targeted muscles, which blocks chemical signals from the nerves that cause muscles to contract. The muscles then relax, allowing the wrinkles and fine lines to smooth.
Commonly Combined Treatments
BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly combined with other non-surgical treatments to address different signs of aging:
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment. Therefore, you can expect little to no downtime after the injections. During your healing process, it is important to avoid touching or rubbing (massaging) the treatment areas. Patients should also avoid high-intensity sports for at least 24 hours following the treatment as this may cause swelling and bruising; however, you can return to your normal activities right away.
BOTOX® Cosmetic uses a fine needle to inject the product. No scars are left behind, and the skin heals fast.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is priced per unit. Therefore, the total cost of your treatment will depend on the extent of the product needed and the number of areas that you hope to treat.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are generally painless. Minor swelling, bruising, and redness might occur but will dissipate within a few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
You may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment if you:
- Are 18 years or older
- Have facial wrinkles, fine lines, and creases
- Are generally healthy
- Have realistic expectations for your results
What are the risks associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Risks related to BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare but possible.
Some risks and side effects to be aware of include:
- Bruising and pain at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping
Is BOTOX® only for wrinkles?
No, the FDA approved the use of BOTOX® to treat chronic migraines in 2010. Additional treatable concerns include excessive sweating and muscular spasms.
When will I see the results from my BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Most patients see the results from their treatment as soon as a few days after the injection. You can expect to see the full results within one to two weeks.
How long will the BOTOX® Cosmetic results last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic results are temporary. It is recommended to return for repeat treatments every three to four months to prolong the results.