BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment used for the rejuvenation of the skin. It is a naturally purified protein that relaxes the muscles of facial expression giving you a smooth, relaxed and youthful look. The procedure is quick, very well tolerated and results typically last for three to four months.
What can Botox be used for?
Botox is a purified protein found in nature. It is a neuromodulator. What that means is that Botox blocks the attachment of the neuro- transmitting chemicals that are released by nerves at the neuromuscular junction to make a muscle move. As a result, the impulse from the nerve to the muscle is blocked. The clinical result is a decrease in the movement of the muscle and that causes a decrease in the wrinkling of the skin overlying that muscle. Botox is not a filler, but is often used in conjunction with fillers to reshape the face. Botox relaxes and fillers fill. This is an important difference.
Botox is FDA approved for treatment of frown (glabellar) lines between the brows. Being FDA approved means Botox has been studied and found to be both safe as well as effective. Dermatologists often use Botox for other “off-label” uses as well. Botox improves not just frown lines, but also crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Botox can be used to achieve a chemical, non-surgical brow lift when certain muscles are injected. Botox can improve jaw line definition when injected into a neck muscle called the platysma. Botox can also be safely used to decrease excessive sweating of the hands or under the arms from medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, or cosmetically for special, but stressful, situations like weddings.
Botox is commonly used in a wide age range of patients: from 18-65. Patients over 65 can use Botox, but loose skin overlying the muscles make the improvement less dramatic. Botox effects usually last 4 months, but over time a cumulative benefit can be seen in younger patients.
Dr. Pennie and her team of Physician Assistants, Megan Reisman and Jennifer Norman, perform Botox injections on their patients. It is imperative that Botox procedures are performed by a qualified provider with experience in cosmetic injectibles. This is the best way to safely ensure a great outcome and make sure you receive the best possible results without complications.
XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) for injection, for intramuscular use, is a prescription medication that is injected into facial muscles for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) in adult patients.