What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
One of the most revolutionary breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine in the past several decades, BOTOX® Cosmetic addresses active facial wrinkling that was previously untreatable. Finally approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic has a long successful history of “off label use” for facial wrinkling since the 90’s.
When evaluating facial aging changes, one of the critical areas that must be considered is overactive facial expression lines. Primarily visible only when your face is expressive, these overactive movements can start to etch permanent lines in the skin in the forehead frown area (the “elevens”) and create crows feet lines. These lines can become visible even when your face is completely at rest. Many times patients report that others misinterpret their habitual frown as concern, anger or even distress. Softening these expressions can improve how you present yourself to the world, with more accurate expression of how you really feel. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an excellent treatment for this over-activity and also can prevent those lines from becoming permanent.
How Long Does The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure Take?
The procedure for BOTOX® Cosmetic involves a very quick procedure with a few injections performed with ultra-fine needles after applying a topical anesthetic cream to numb the skin. Most patients enjoy reduced frowning for a full 3 months after injection and after multiple treatments (usually every 3 months for the first year) may find that they can increase the time interval between treatments a bit because they have lost the habit of muscle over-use. Etched lines also soften over time as the area is no longer being re-creased over and over, and the area can take advantage of our natural healing and recovery processes.
If you are interested in finding out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is a treatment that can give you a fresher and more rested appearance, please contact our Las Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Practice and schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Mary Herte. Our helpful and informed staff can also provide additional information and answer your questions. We look forward to speaking with you!