Each time you squint in the sunlight or raise your eyebrows in surprise, anger or sadness, small creases etch themselves into the skin. When we are younger, these furrows disappear the moment we release tension in our forehead. However, as we age, these lines – known as “dynamic wrinkles” – start to become a permanent fixture, causing us to constantly look angry, sad or just plain old.
Botox® Cosmetic offered at MediSpa at Knoxville Dermatology Group is changing all that. This FDA-approved injectable skin treatment relaxes muscles in the forehead, causing wrinkles to become noticeably smaller or even disappear in a matter of days. The results last about three to four months until treatment is needed to maintain your smoother, more youthful appearance.
Botox® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.* Botox® Cosmetic has a record of experience that aesthetic specialists know and trust. And, the safety and efficacy of Botox® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. Botox® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products, which means that one product cannot take the place of another. Those are a few reasons why there is no such thing as a “generic” form of Botox® Cosmetic. There have been no studies to support that other products are Unit-to-Unit equivalent to Botox® Cosmetic. Approximately 10.9 million vials of Botox® Cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, and millions of people have already made Botox® Cosmetic a part of what they do for themselves. Today, Botox® Cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.
Botox® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with Botox® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Botox® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.
After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.
Some patients report that being injected with Botox® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
Yes. Botox® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with Botox® Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow's feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated with Botox® Cosmetic. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014 were on men—that is more than 1 million cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased by 273% from 1997 to 2014.
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of Botox® Cosmetic.