Wisdom is not the only thing that comes with age, but you don't have to ‘just live with it’ anymore. There are many great, safe, non-surgical treatments available now, and Botox is one of the fastest and easiest.
Botox is used for the nonsurgical reduction of frown lines, forehead lines, and the lines at the corner of the eyes. The injection takes five minutes in the office with no scars, no anesthesia, and little to no down time (for most patients). Botulinum toxin injection has become a common medical procedure. In 2004, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that 2,837,346 men and women in the United States were injected and that it was the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure in the US.
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been available since 2002 for treatment of the wrinkles between the eyebrow. It has an outstanding safety record when injected by a qualified and experienced physician like Dr. Compton. Successful treatment should not result in an abnormal appearance.
You should be able to frown, smile or look surprised, but without wrinkles and creases between your brows. The effects are subtle and will not dramatically change your face as if you ‘had work done.’
Botox treatment is performed with tiny needles in the office and causes minimal discomfort. You can resume your normal daily activities immediately. The results begin to appear gradually over the next 3-10 days and the improvement will last between 4-6 months. If you do not continue the treatments, the effect will wear off gradually. It is important that Botox not be injected more frequently than once every three months.
Botox works by relaxing the overactive muscles that cause the wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Weakening these muscles allows the overlying skin to unfurl and resume its flat, unwrinkled appearance. In some patients with long standing deep wrinkles or with severe sun damage, the wrinkles will not disappear but only be softened. It is important to note that Botox is not appropriate for the treatment of all facial wrinkles, but Dr. Compton will guide you through this.
Some common side-effects have been reported including headache, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms and nausea. Bruising at the injection site is not uncommon and the risk is elevated in patients on blood thinners like Aspirin, Coumadin, and Plavix. If bruising does occur, it is typically mild and resolves in 7- 10 days. Botox should not be used by patients who are pregnant or are breast feeding.
Risks associated with this procedure can occur if too much toxin is injected or if it is injected incorrectly. For example, if it is injected into the wrong facial area, a person can end up with droopy eyelid muscles (ptosis) that could last for weeks. Although not considered surgery, the administration of botulinum toxin injection therapy is a medical procedure with risks that depend on the training and experience of the clinician, the clinical setting and the technique used.
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"The changes were so subtle, but I looked more refreshed and awake after about a week, and the injection needle was so tiny I barely felt the injections"