What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, to temporarily paralyze muscle reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.
A Botox treatment is minimally invasive and is considered a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also be used on the forehead between the eyes.
How Does Botox Cosmetic Work?
Botox Cosmetic works by temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions while improving the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing contraction of facial muscles.
It’s a minimally invasive procedure and doesn’t involve incisions or general anesthesia. If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort, a topical anesthetic or ice can numb the treatment area.
What can Botox Cosmetic Treat?
Botox Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic treatment available and millions of doses are administered each year in the U.S. alone. Botox Cosmetic works by relaxing the muscles under the skin to smooth out wrinkles and age lines, ultimately leaving you with a refreshed, youthful look. Some of the most popular treatment areas include:
When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. Your specialist will inject these muscles to help make frown lines temporarily look better.
When you raise your eyebrows, the muscles on your forehead contract, causing skin to furrow and fold. Your specialist will inject these muscles to help make forehead lines temporarily look better.
When you squint or smile, the muscles around your eyes contract, causing crow’s feet. Your specialist will inject these muscles to help make crow’s feet temporarily look better.
What to Expect During Treatment
As with all injectables, Botox Cosmetic is administered by a specialist known as an “oculoplastic surgeon” right in the comfort of your local SightMD office. During the procedure, your provider will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A. They will inject the targeted area between the eyebrows and you will usually need three injections on the side of each eye to smooth out crow’s feet. Some patients receiving Botox Cosmetic report the injections feel like a pinch. The entire procedure only takes about 10-to-15 minutes, and you can return to your normal daily activities afterward.
Are There any Risks or Side Effects?
Minor bruising or discomfort may occur, but should improve within a few days. Other side effects may include:
- swelling or drooping in the eyelid area
- neck pain
- double vision
- dry eyes
- allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, or asthma symptoms
Contact your provider immediately if any of these side effects occur.
What to Expect After Botox Cosmetic
Avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause Botox Cosmetic to spread to other areas of the body and can negatively affect your results. When being injected between the brows, do not lie down or bend over for three to four hour as this may cause the Botox to slip under the orbital rim possibly resulting in an eyelid droop. There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
It’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations. Noticeable results can be expected within 1-2 days post-treatment and the full effect of Botox Cosmetic typically lasts up to four months. Additional Botox injections can be administered to maintain your results.