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botox cosmetic 1Botox® and Dysport® have a long record for being safe, effective and providing high patient satisfaction. The discovery of Botox®/Dysport® to improve facial wrinkles was, like many breakthrough medicines (Viagra® and Rogaine®), an accident. Botulinium toxin is a powerful neurotoxin that was originally used by ophthalmologists to treat crossed eyes. Dr. Carruthers, an ophthalmologist, started using the toxins to treat patients with a condition known as blepharospasm. These patient’s have frequent and uncontrollable forceful closure of the eyelids. When patients were injected with small amounts of the toxin their blepharospam improved and serendipitously their forehead wrinkles started disappearing. A few years later Botox®/Dysport® cosmetics were born.

The current Botox®/Dysport® formulations are highly purified forms of botulinum toxin. This medicine inhibits the transmission of information from nerves to muscles, essentially blocking the ability of muscles to function. The effects of the toxin are not permanent and resolve within 3 months.

When used in the face, particularly around the eyes and in the forehead, Botox®/Dysport® can eliminate facial wrinkles. These “dynamic wrinkles” are the result of contraction of the muscles over many years creating wrinkles in the overlying skin. When we scrunch up our forehead, squint or narrow our eyes we are continually adding to the deepness of the wrinkles. When Botox®/Dysport® is used to weaken the contraction of the muscles in these areas the wrinkles start to disappear.

Botox®/Dysport® are most frequently used in the glabella (the area above the nose between the eyebrows), the forehead, and around the outside of the eyes (the crows feet). Weakening of the muscles in these areas can be accomplished with little risk of complication or over treatment. Unfortunately Botox®/Dysport® doesn’t last forever and patients will need to be retreated at intervals of 3-6 months to get the best effect but most patients find the procedure easy to tolerate and very effective.

What is Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA)?

Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine primarily used for cosmetic reasons. Botox Cosmetic has proven to be medically safe and received FDA approval in 2002.  Botox has become one of the most popular aesthetic treatment.

How does Botox work?

Botox is injected right into the muscle to block the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, preventing or inhibiting muscles to contract. As such, Botox is ideal for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that appear with facial expressions.  The deep lines on the forehead and “crows feet” which are multiple tiny wrinkles at the corners of our eyes, are common and popular areas to treat with noticeable results.  Injections will need to be repeated in order to maintain that desirable and youthful wrinkle free expression.

Botox Before and After

Botox Before and After Frown Lines

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How long does Botox last?

The length of time treatments last vary from patient to patient but most will experience a lasting effect for up to 3-4 months.  Once the Botox injections have been completed most patients see an immediate improvement and continue to improve for as long as 30 days for full effect.

Which areas of the skin are treated with Botox?

Botox is commonly used to treat the following areas:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crows feet
  • Frown lines
  • Lips and lip wrinkles
  • Corner of the mouth
  • Chin

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