Everyone wants youthful, wrinkle-free skin. However, as we age, our face changes in ways we do not always enjoy, and repeated expressions and facial movements create permanent lines and marks. Plastic surgery procedures, such as facelift surgery or brow lift surgery, can help correct visible signs of aging, but they are often expensive and require an extensive recovery time. Many men and women wish for a younger-looking appearance without the hassle of invasive facial surgery. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a minimally invasive neuromodulator used to help individuals achieve their cosmetic goals by eliminating expression-causing (dynamic) wrinkles and creating overall smoother skin.
Am I a Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
You may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic if you are unhappy with your skin’s appearance or wish to prevent expression-causing fine lines from becoming full-set wrinkles. Generally, BOTOX® Cosmetic patients are over 18, in generally good health, and realistic with their expectations.
What Are the Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic works to reduce signs of aging, particularly in the upper face, to provide you with the appearance you have always wanted. BOTOX® Cosmetic can eliminate:
- Fine lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator, meaning that it temporarily blocks the transmission of chemical signals that cause particular muscles to contract to form wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic will help minimize and prevent wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions—common around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. It will not fill lines and wrinkles caused by natural aging or sun damage.
How Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments Performed?
Dr. Goldberg will inject your BOTOX® Cosmetic directly into the treatment areas. She will repeat this process as necessary to achieve your ideal look.
The area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic to lessen any discomfort you may feel during the treatment, which is typically very minimal. Depending on the amount of correction needed and the number of treatment areas, the process will take around 20 minutes to complete.
What Is the Recovery From BOTOX® Cosmetic Like?
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections do not require a recovery time; however, you should avoid vigorous exercise, saunas, steam rooms, or jacuzzis for 24 hours. Most patients can return to work and other obligations immediately after the injection, but you may experience bruising and swelling for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken as needed to manage discomfort.
How Long Will My BOTOX® Cosmetic Results Last?
Unfortunately, the results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment are not permanent. You will need to repeat treatments every four to six months to maintain your results. Repeated treatments are safe and will not result in any nerve damage.
Are There Any Other Neuromodulators That Can Help With Visible Aging?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the only minimally invasive treatment that can be used to eliminate aging signs. Dysport® is another neuromodulator that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. While BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used in multiple facial areas, Dysport® is most commonly used to treat glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows).
The procedure information and recovery are the same for both treatments.