Cosmetic uses of Botox®
Have you ever been asked if you are angry or frustrated due to the deep
frown lines between your brows or across your forehead? Contracting
of the underlying facial muscles every time you squint or frown causes
these lines. The procedure known as cosmetic denervation uses Botox®
injections to dramatically soften these lines.
How does it really work?
Botox® blocks impulses from the nerve to the muscle. By injecting
extremely small amounts of Botox® into a specific muscle, we can safely
relax the muscle so that it does not contract and the frown line will
be stopped. The overlying skin lines gradually soften and smooth
out. Untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing
normal facial expressions to be unaffected. Wrinkles that are treatable
with Botox® include frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crowsfeet.
Botox® cosmetic denervation is a simple, safe procedure taking only
a few minutes in the office. Using a tiny needle, a small amount
of Botox® is injected very precisely into several locations for the
desired effect. The Botox® takes effect in 2 to 7 days.
Gradually, over 4-6 months, the effect will fade. When the lines
start to reappear, a simple re-treatment is all that is necessary to maintain
the desired result.
How is Botox® used to treat underarm sweating?
Sweat glands, which are located in the underarm and other body sites,
require a nerve impulse for activation. Without this nerve stimulation,
the sweat glands are not able to secrete sweat. Botox® stops the nerve
impulse from reaching the sweat gland, effectively stopping sweat production.
All clients report a substantial decrease in sweating. Many clients
have no residual underarm sweating after the treatment. The effects
of this treatment will last anywhere from 6-9 months, at which time a
simple re-treatment can be performed.
History of Botox®
Botox® was first used in the field of ophthalmology to treat
eye muscle spasm over 10 years ago for correcting strabismus (lazy eye)
in children. It is also used in the field of neurology for muscle
spasm and in dermatology for treatment of sweaty palms and underarms.
What are the side effects?
Pain is minimal and normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Post-treatment you should not lay down for 4 hours. After injection,
one can experience redness or temporary bruising which can be covered
with make-up. Rarely, if Botox® migrates to the upper eyelid,
one can experience a slight lowering, or ptosis of one eyelid that self-corrects
after a short while. There have been no reports of allergic reactions.
We do not administer during pregnancy or lactation.
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