A Non-surgical Wrinkle-Smoothing Option for the Main Line and Entire Philadelphia, PA, Area
No one else has your face, so why should anyone else have your BOTOX® treatment? Though BOTOX® is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world, administered millions of times each year, each injection session should be a discreet, unique experience tailored to the patient. That's the approach that plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cross's team of nurse injectors at Cross Medical Group takes to BOTOX® for the Philadelphia, PA area, including Villanova, the entire Main Line, and beyond.
While many people offer BOTOX®, only experienced injectors are qualified to provide consistent results that maximize safety. Though it can be found at salons and beauty establishments from coast to coast, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a powerful and effective prescription medication that requires specialized education and training at minimum. Anyone considering the treatment should choose a provider who truly understands how the injectable works on different facial muscles, and how those muscles interact with the rest of the face.
What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable form of purified botulinum toxin, which is a protein that inhibits a specific neurotransmitter from being released. Known as acetylcholine, this neurotransmitter is crucial in relaying messages from the brain to muscles, signaling their contraction. Without its release, the muscles stay at rest.
This effect has numerous applications, ranging from medical to cosmetic. The earliest forms of BOTOX® were used to calm eyelid spasms and similar problems, which led to the discovery of its wrinkle-smoothing properties: When injected into the right facial muscles, it can prevent lines and folds from appearing when certain expressions are made.
What Can BOTOX® Treat?
The Cross Medical Group team is committed to scientifically backed, medically sound treatments that improve patients' quality of life. As signs of aging appear due to the breakdown and depletion of vital molecules in the skin, many women and men find that their confidence suffers.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is ideal for addressing several of these signs of aging. Specifically, it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for three cosmetic applications: addressing frown lines (glabellar lines), horizontal forehead lines, and crow's feet (lateral canthal lines).
Frown lines tend to be visible when you squint, scowl, or frown. They earned the nickname "11s" because of their resemblance to the two vertical marks that signify the number.
Horizontal forehead lines are exactly what their name suggests: They run across the forehead, parallel to the mouth, and appear thin and shallow or as deeper furrows.
Crow's feet typically form as fine crinkles at the outer edge of either eye, most visible when squinting or smiling.
What Is the BOTOX® Injection Process Like?
At Cross Medical Group, BOTOX® injections are made only by highly trained members of our team, each selected by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cross for their skill, aesthetic eye, anatomical knowledge, experience, and professionalism.
An initial consultation will determine the suitability of BOTOX® for a particular candidate. This is also the ideal time to discuss BOTOX® cost, side effects, and other concerns.
Injections are made with care in the Cross Medical Group office. A number of strategies are used to minimize any discomfort that is felt during the treatment. These include a proprietary numbing ointment, compounded through a pharmacy, to anesthetize the skin. Cryo and vibratory desensitizers are also used, with the end result being a surprisingly comfortable treatment experience. The treatment session itself typically takes only about 15 minutes, with specifics depending on the number of areas injected.
Patients will notice some slight injection-related side effects after their treatment, which may include bruising, swelling, and sensitivity in the site. Any such sensations and marks will naturally fade.
BOTOX® can require two to three days to take effect, after which muscle activity begins to slow. The desired results should be visible within a week.
The wrinkle-reducing effects last for three to five months, on average, though every person will enjoy results unique to their own facial structure, metabolism, and more.
Once muscle activity and the associated wrinkles return, a new BOTOX® injection session can be scheduled. There is some indication that repeated treatments gradually "train" the injected muscles to stay at rest, prompting them to be less active even when there is no neuromodulator inhibiting contractions.
When it comes to BOTOX® in Philadelphia, price is certainly something to consider, but ensuring that an injector is reliable, effective, and safe is a far more important consideration.
What Else Works to Address Wrinkles?
When it comes to treatments for dynamic wrinkles, neuromodulators are best. BOTOX® at Philadelphia's Cross Medical Group is not the only option, however. Patients can also choose Dysport® or Xeomin®, which operate the same way, but have their own unique qualities as muscle relaxants.
For static wrinkles, which are visible all the timeâ€”not just when muscles contractâ€”due to age-related skin changes, dermal fillers are ideal. Cross Medical Group carries the Juvederm® and Restylane® families of fillers, as well as other injectables. Laser skin resurfacing is also effective at reducing fine lines, as are RF skin treatments and microneedling.