Among the most effective, yet minimally-invasive and affordable skincare treatments available today is Botox®. This therapy is an injection treatment designed to reduce facial expression lines.
Botox® is the trade name for botulinum purified neurotoxin complex. Botulinum Toxin (or Botox® Cosmetic) is FDA-approved for the treatment of disorders of the muscles of the eye, certain types of headaches and other medical conditions. It is also approved for cosmetic treatment of frown lines between and above the eyebrows.
When Botox® Cosmetic for wrinkles is performed, tiny amounts of the drug are injected into the facial muscles thus weakening them. This reduces the associated lines and wrinkles. Botox® injections for wrinkles works best for “dynamic” lines and wrinkles, which are the result of constant pulling on the skin and underlying facial muscles.
After Botox® is injected into the targeted muscles, the weakening effect gradually begins over 5-7 days and is not complete for two weeks. Therefore, we advise our Botox® patients to wait for at least two weeks before expecting optimal results. During this period you may notice asymmetry or unevenness within the treated areas. This asymmetry will usually correct itself as the Botox® takes effect.
Botox® Cosmetic is temporary, meaning it will have to be repeated on a regular basis to remain effective. Nonetheless, you may stop and restart treatments at any time without negative effects.