BOTOX® treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting Botox into the facial muscles that create the wrinkles. This causes those muscles to weaken so they will not be able to contract as strongly and create the wrinkles.
To better understand your overall health, Dr. Barton will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of the areas that you would like to consider for treatment is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. You will be given all the time you need to discuss your issues and concerns. The treatment can usually be done on the same day.
The BOTOX® Procedure
BOTOX® injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. A sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects begin to be noticeable in a few days, and should reach its full effect after a couple of weeks. The effects of BOTOX® are not permanent and generally need to be repeated three or four times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect, so with consistent use the number of visits may decrease. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic of results. Botox is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After treatment 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® is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The Dr. Barton will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.