Adults are living longer than ever before. We feel vital, we're active and we want our bodies to mirror youthful minds and hearts. Enter botulinum toxin, one of the most important substances to hit the field of facial rejuvenation. Short of a surgical facelift, this substance is the most popular way to reduce facial wrinkles. Botulinum toxin can be used as a wrinkle treatment to smooth:
- Frown lines
- Crows feet
- Forehead furrows
- Skin bands on the neck
Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing - basically any facial movement can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin.
Botulinum toxin type A and botulinum toxin type B are both purified substances, derived from a bacteria. Injections of this substance blocks muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so that it can't contract and diminishes your unwanted facial wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion to further improve your results. This combination of therapies can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
Is Botox® Cosmetic right for me?
People ages 18 to 65 choose to talk to their documents about being treated with Botox® Cosmetic for a variety of reasons. They may be concerned that their frown lines between the brows make them look tired, stressed or unapproachable. You may have your own reasons, so talk to Dr. Bosshardt or Dr. Marzek today to find out if Botox® Cosmetic is right for you.
What causes frown lines?
The 11's - those vertical lines that appear between your brows - actually result from powerful muscle contractions. When you concentrate or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those creases can linger even after the muscles have relaxed.
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
Very low does of Botox® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for the frown lines between the brows.
By block the release of the chemical that causes these muscles to contract, Botox® Cosmetic enables them to relax, so the skin appears smoother.
What is Botox® Cosmetic treatment like?
Botox Cosmetic is administered during a simple 10-minute treatment in our office.
Nonsurgical. Tiny injections administered directly into the muscles that cause frown lines between the brows.
No downtime. Often called a lunchtime procedure, treatment is brief and requires no recovery.
Minimal and brief discomfort. No anesthesia is required, although we may choose to number the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the inkection.
How quickly will I see a difference?
Within 1 to 2 days, you may notice a softening in the appearance of your frown lines. The area between your brows may continue to imporve for up to a month.
How long can I expect my results to last?
Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary - be sure to talk to Dr. Bosshardt or Dr. Marzek about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.