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BOTOX COSMETIC (onabotulinumtoxin A)

Botox® is a medication injected into facial muscles to temporarily relax and correct the look of frown lines, forehead lines, bunny lines, and crow’s feet. As we age, constant movement of the facial muscles leads to increased lines and wrinkles. Initially, those lines appear only with movement, but if left untreated can appear at rest making us look older and more tired. Botox lasts approximately 3 months but can start to last longer as treatment is continued due to weakening of the muscles causing the wrinkles.

Reasons for Considering Botox

• To improve the look of wrinkles from muscles movement in the forehead and between the eyebrows

• To improve excessive wrinkles surrounding the eyes while smiling

General Procedure

The procedure takes less than 15 minutes, and no numbing is needed prior to the injections. Any makeup and/or lotion will be removed and the skin is cleansed with alcohol. A series of small needle injections will be made throughout the treatment areas. Any mild bleeding is controlled with pressure.

Recovery Process

The improvement noted from Botox can take up to 7-10 days, but usually results will start to show in about 3 days. Normally, there is no downtime after Botox injections. Occasionally a bruise or temporary swelling may form at an injection site. We ask that high impact exercise and facial manipulation be avoided for 24 hours after an injection to minimize complications.