Botox® Cosmetic is a muscle paralytic that is derived from bacteria that have been purified for use in humans. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting Botox® into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles. The procedure is used to treat “frown lines” or “worry lines” in the forehead and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. These are lines are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines. Botox® can also be used to treat migraine headaches, bruxism (tooth grinding) and some facial pain syndromes.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. Including a complete facial examination in order to decide the most effective injection sites.
The BOTOX® Procedure
Botox® injections are performed without anesthesia. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made using an ultra fine needle. The number of injections required varies with the degree of wrinkling and all injections are performed by one of our surgeons. The effects of Botox® begin between 24-72 hours and the effect lasts an average of 3 months. Repeated doses can be given two to three times per year. There is some evidence that after several repeated injections, the effects may last longer. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic of results.
After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. Botox® effects will wear off with time so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated with Botox® at the time of your consultation.