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When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead.
These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country and one of our most requested services. Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to 3-6 months with no downtime or surgery and little to no discomfort.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Frequently Asked Questions:
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin derived from the bacterium Clostidium botulinum. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles and sweat glands.
It has been used since 1980 for the treatment of strabismus (lazy eye) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye blinking). Dr. Carruthers of Vancouver pioneered the use of BOTOX® for wrinkles in 1989. A major study of technique was completed in 1995, and a review was published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Who may benefit from BOTOX®?
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How can I achieve the best results?
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Are there side effects?
There will be a slight discomfort when the needle enters the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection, especially if patients are on aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medications that increase bleeding.
Approximately 2-3% of patients may develop a ptosis (slight lowering) of one eyelid. This side effect is temporary, may not even be noticeable, but may be improved with a medicated eye drop.
Pre-/Post-Instructions for BOTOX® Injections
1. Avoid the following 2 weeks prior to your Botox treatment as they can cause thinning of your blood and increase your chances of bruising:
- NSAIDS/Pain Relievers (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc), Prednisone, Aspirin, Coumadin or any other blood thinners
- Supplements such as fish oil, vitamin E, garlic, ginko, glucosamine and St. John’s Wort
However, if these medications were prescribed by a doctor, DO NOT stop your medication without permission from that health care provider.
2. Avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to your Botox appointment because it can thin your blood and possibly make bruising worse.
3. Please tell your physician if you have :
• Any neuromuscular diseases (such as myasthenia gravis)
• Been taking any antibiotics
• Become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding
• An allergy to albumin (eggs)
Day of Procedure
• Headaches are the “sine qua non” of Botox therapy, indicating that the toxin is working. After the procedure, it is not uncommon to experience a “headache” sensation, which usually subsides a few hours after the procedure.
• Keep your head elevated for 6 hours after the procedure to prevent the toxin from migrating.
• You should try to “exercise” the areas that were injected by frowning and smiling for 2 hours after the procedure.
• You should see the effects of the injections within 1-2 weeks.
• Do not massage the area injected.
*Call the office if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Pre-/Post-Care Instructions listed above.