Botox treatments are available in Austin by the board-certified plastic surgeons at the Breast and Body Center of Austin to reduce horizontal creases in the forehead, frown lines and other areas of the face. The overall effect is a relaxed and smooth appearance.
BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) has been used safely by physicians for over 20 years to treat patients with certain medical conditions such as eye spasms, central nervous system disorders and excessive muscle contractions. The more recent use of BOTOX to reduce wrinkles was discovered almost by accident. A dermatologist in Vancouver began using Botox to treat signs of aging in 1986 after his wife, an ophthalmologist, observed that her patients who were treated for eye spasm lost their crow’s feet. According to the dermatologist, one patient actually commented that she looked “much happier” and “less angry” because the Botox had also improved the wrinkles between her eyebrows.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at the Breast and Body Center of Austin, Texas has observed that Botox is most effective in the upper third of the face (eyes and forehead) but other areas of the face and neck can be treated as well. The doctors at the Breast and Body Center of Austin has been trained in advanced Botox techniques that can address the wrinkles around the mouth, corners of the mouth and the neck.
Removing fine lines and wrinkles
Botox® has been approved by the FDA for use by qualified physicians and is very effective at removing fine lines on the forehead, the eyes and around the mouth. Although not a permanent solution for wrinkles, BOTOX usually lasts from 3 to 4 months and can produce results that can be seen in as little as 5-7 days.
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic uses to temporarily reduce facial wrinkles. Since that time Botox has received a great deal of publicity. Botox, however, has been an FDA approved treatment for muscle disorders of the eye since 1989.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BOTOX®
- What exactly is Botox Cosmetic?
- How does Botox Cosmetic work?
- When will I see results from a treatment?
- How long does Botox last?
- Who should administer Botox Cosmetic?
- Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic painful?
- Who should not use Botox Cosmetic?
- Will I experience any side effects?
- Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
- What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
- Is Botox Cosmetic affordable?
- Do treatment results differ?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. During treatment, very low doses of Botox Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. Botox Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary.
Results from treatment with Botox Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer Botox Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors), or other physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. One of these physicians can help you decide if Botox Cosmetic is right for you.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people return directly to work or normal activity following Botox Cosmetic treatment.
Botox Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
The most common side effects include headache, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Less frequently occurring (<3%) adverse reactions include pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occur within the first week.
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
When considering your facial aesthetic options, Botox Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2003 survey, Botox Cosmetic is one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Consult your doctor for further information.
To get the best results, it’s important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. You may want to consider choosing a doctor from the Botox Cosmetic Physicians’ Network. Members of the Network have medical practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience injecting Botox Cosmetic.