Botox® is a non-surgical treatment that smooths and prevents wrinkles caused by excessive muscle contractions.
When we use our facial muscles to elevate the eyebrows, smile, concentrate, squint and other expressions; a nerve impulse is sent to these muscles instructing them to contract. After years of frequent contractions combined with environmental and lifestyle factors, the collagen breaks down and permanent lines are formed.
Botox® interrupts this process leaving the muscles relaxed and the skin less wrinkled with a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Botox® is a purified toxin that is extracted from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum, approved by the FDA in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of facial wrinkles and has safely & successfully been used to treat a wide range of aesthetic and medical conditions.
During your initial consultation, we will perform a comprehensive facial examination that thoroughly evaluates the shape of your face, the presence of wrinkles and lines as well as the overall quality of your skin to determine the role of Botox ® in your treatment.
A key component of this examination is to confirm that the wrinkles of concern are the result of muscle activity and not volume loss, which would need a different or complementary treatment.
After taking photos and signing the consent, your skin will be cleaned and Botox ® will be injected using very fine needles.
The treatment is very comfortable and usually well tolerated; in patients with sensitive skin or low pain threshold we
use topical numbing cream prior to the shots.
In most cases, Botox will last between 3-4 months, however, every patient is different and the exact duration of the results may vary; stress, exercise, smoking, alcohol, sun exposure and poor skin maintenance can reduce the results.
This is a very safe treatment, most adverse reactions are caused by the injection (bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site), this usually disappears in 20-30min. Some very rare side effects include nausea, headaches, flu like symptoms and asymmetry.
We request our patients to avoid alcohol 24 hours prior the application and aspirin (even baby aspirin), blood
thinners, vitamin E and fatty acids (omega 3 & 6) 7 days before the treatment to reduce the risk of bruising.
For the next 4-5 hours we ask our patients to avoid exercise, laying down flat, getting massages, swimming and being under the sun.