What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment that can gently reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Since its introduction over three decades ago, BOTOX® has become America’s number one aesthetic procedure. Fast, convenient, and pain-free, BOTOX® delivers visible results without the need for surgery or downtime.
How does BOTOX® remove wrinkles?
When we smile or scrunch our foreheads, our facial muscles contract, moving our elastic skin with them. Over time, our skin loses its elasticity and expression lines become etched in place. BOTOX® is a neuromodulator, a substance that inhibits the transmission of the chemical that signals facial muscle movement. The active agent in BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) causes the facial muscles to temporarily relax, therefore minimizing expression lines. Treatments are efficient and can be done in a brief office visit and require no downtime.
BOTOX® for Treating the “11” Between Brows
The two vertical lines between the brows, known as the “11”, are the result of furrowing the brows. The “11” can contribute to an annoyed or angry expression–even if you are relaxed and content. BOTOX® is widely used to smooth out these wrinkles, softening the overall appearance.
What other areas of the face does BOTOX®treat?
Although BOTOX® is most commonly used to treat horizontal forehead lines and the “11”, the injectable treatment can diminish wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), nose (bunny lines), and mouth (smile lines). It can also be used to minimize neck wrinkles (platysmal bands).
BOTOX® is not only excellent for making prominent lines less visible, it can help slow the formation of new lines.
Does a BOTOX®Treatment Hurt?
BOTOX® treatments are well-tolerated and most patients do not experience any more discomfort than the minor prick of a needle. After receiving injections, it takes about 5-7 days for results to show. Patients typically begin to see full results within two weeks. BOTOX® treatments are not permanent, but can last for 4-8 months, depending on the individual patient and the condition of the skin. To get the most out of treatments, most patients opt for occasional touch ups.
Your BOTOX® Treatment with Nurse Maria Schafer, Director of Injectable Medicine at Cross Medical Group
Although BOTOX® treatments are efficient and the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure, injections should only be done by an experienced professional. If too much BOTOX® is injected, it can lead to an artificial “frozen look”, where the patient lacks the ability to achieve a natural expression. In addition, be sure that you are receiving FDA-approved BOTOX®. Fake neurotoxins and substitutes have made their way into clinics in the U.S., increasing the risk for undesirable side effects.
An expert in non-invasive injectable treatments and BOTOX®, Nurse Schafer takes care to administer the right amount of relaxant to achieve natural-looking results. Known for achieving consistent results, Dr. Cross has helped his patients in the Philadelphia area restore a youthful appearance–and confidence. If you are interested in seeing if BOTOX® can help you refresh your appearance, contact Nurse Schafer at Cross Medical Group to schedule your consultation.