BOTOX for Wrinkles
What you should know about BOTOX for Wrinkles
Botulinum toxin is injected with ultra-fine needles into specific muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles and lines. This relaxes the muscles and the wrinkles are drastically reduced. Properly injected, botulinum toxin does not change facial expressions. The effects last between 3 and 4 months. Bruising after treatment is not common but pinpoint bruising can happen especially if you tend to bruise easily or if you take blood thinners or anti-inflammatories (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, etc).
All botulinum toxin brands have the same effect, the same duration of action and the same potency when they are used in a similar manner and by the same injector. On very rare occasions, the body can develop antibodies against a particular type of botulinum toxin requiring the use of a different brand.
The most common facial areas treated with Botox are: the glabellar (11) lines between the brows, the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes and the forehead wrinkles. Properly injected, Botox can effectively lift the brows giving a refreshed look.
Botox can also be used to treat the smoker’s lines on the lips, the bunny scrunch on the nose, the peau d’orange on the chin and the vertical neck bands. When injected into the Depressor Anguli Oris (DAO) muscle it can effectively lift the corners of the mouth.
Botulinum toxin can also be used to treat migraines, muscle spasms and excessive sweating, in which instance it could be covered by insurance.
Length of procedure: 5-15 min
Anesthesia: topical cream (Emla)
Hospitalization: office procedure