BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medication used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe lines. BOTOX® is injected into the muscle that creates the wrinkle. It blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often disappear. If a specific muscle can’t move, it can’t cause a wrinkle. Botox treatment does not affect normal facial expressions.
Where can BOTOX® be used?
• Frown, Worry, Laugh and Bunny Lines
• Periorbital Wrinkles (Crow’s Feet)
• Brow Lift or Brow Asymmetry
• Drooping Mouth Corners
• Lip Wrinkles
• Platysma Stranding (“Neck Banding”)
•Hyperhidrosis (severe underarm sweating)
• Some patients report they no longer experience migraine headaches.
Melanie Speed RN, BSN believes administering Botox is as much art as it is a science. Patients are individually evaluated then given treatment recommendations which will create desired effect.
Botox side effects are minimal. The most common being slight discomfort at injection site. Bruising at the injection site may occur but is not common. To minimize the chances of bruising avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E or fish oil supplements the week prior to your treatment. A very small percentage of patients develop a ptosis – slight lowering of one eyelid, and also rarely, asymmetry of facial expression. These effects are temporary and often go unnoticed by the patient.
The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic become visible within several days and its full effect is evident at seven days. Those results last about three to four months.