BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments reign as America’s #1 non-invasive cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million treatments each year used to dramatically diminish the signs of aging. This non-surgical alternative to a facelift or brow lift safely smooths out fine lines and softens wrinkles that collect around the eyes, brow, forehead, and mouth. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults. It’s a quick 10-minute treatment with minimal downtime. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines.
Your cost not only includes the price of the product but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment—it is very important to find an experienced specialist who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Be wary of discount products or “cheap” BOTOX® Cosmetic—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, clostridium botulinum. Formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products, which means that one product cannot take the place of another. Those are a few reasons why there is no such thing as a “generic” form of BOTOX® Cosmetic. There have been no studies to support that other products are Unit-to-Unit equivalent to BOTOX®.
From frown lines to crow’s feet, BOTOX® can lift your spirits and improve your wrinkles at the same time. With a few tiny injections BOTOX® will take effect over a period of days to banish frown lines and many other telltale signs of aging.
BOTOX® is the original formulation of botulinum toxin A. Recently, similar products such as Dysport™ have been approved by the FDA for use in relaxing wrinkles. There are subtle differences between BOTOX® and Dysport™. Some patients are more suited for one or the other. Our aesthetics professionals make the decision on which one is best during your consultation.
BOTOX® is used to smooth frown lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as glabellar lines, and on the forehead. BOTOX® can also smooth crow’s feet around the eyes or to relax smoker’s lines on the lips and around the mouth. Occasionally BOTOX® is used on the chin area for patients who tend to dimple their chins.
See the remarkable results for yourself. You can visualize the results of people like yourself at the BOTOX® website.
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. When you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet. BOTOX® blocks muscular nerve signals, which in turn weakens the target muscle limiting or nullifying muscle contraction. When injected directly below expression lines, BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that are causing dynamic wrinkling, effectively smoothing out crow’s feet, smile lines, forehead wrinkles, and other expression lines that age your appearance.
BOTOX®, a registered brand name for botulinum toxin A produced by the company Allergan, has been alone in the market for this type of product until the introduction of Dysport™ in 2009. Medicis is the company that makes Dysport™. Only Dysport™ and BOTOX® have been approved by the FDA as wrinkle relaxers. Other products can reduce wrinkles in additional areas of your face. See more info on Restylane®, JUVEDERM®, and Dysport™ HERE.
You’ll look like yourself – only with less noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.
Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you. Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
Treatment requires minimal downtime or recovery; it’s often called a lunchtime procedure. You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave your specialist’s office.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is certainly not just for women. If you are a man and think it’s time to do something about those moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines, talk to your doctor about whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
² 2014 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual survey questionnaire response (n = 786 active physicians) aggregated/extrapolated to reflect national statistics (27,600 active physicians).
Please visit the Botox Cosmetic website FAQ page for more information about treatments.
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