BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxin A) is the first and only FDA-approved medication used for temporarily improving the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines (glabellar lines which can be singular or more than 2 lines!) between the brows as well as crow’s feet (lateral canthal lines)in adults.
BOTOX® Cosmetic successfully treats smile or laugh lines (nasolabial lines) and vertical wrinkles by the corners of the mouth to the chin (marionette lines). SMOKING MAKES MOUTH LINES WORSE! Latter (marionette lines) are the most challenging to treat!
Discuss your treatment goals, review risks and benefits, confirm that no contra-indications (medical issues which would not allow you to undergo treatment) exist, and to finally perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
**** IF you are taking a blood thinner, we will need your doctor’s permission to temporarily stop this before your procedure.
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a quick pinch.
Skin in the areas to be treated can be anesthetized with topical BLT (benzocaine 20%/lidocaine 10%/tetracaine 10%) prior to undergoing BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. The anesthesia portion of the visit is the LONGEST PART of the visit. BLT is allowed to sit for 15-20 minutes before confirming successful anesthesia. It is your decision whether or not you wish to receive BLT before your injections.
Of course, any allergy to these medications prevents use.
SIDE EFFECTS associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and or bleeding and bruising.
The ACTUAL BOTOX® Cosmetic injection process takes about 10 minutes. This is why it is sometimes referred to as the “lunchtime procedure”. REMEMBER that topical BLT anesthesia takes 15-20 minutes to work and thus is the longest part of your visit.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show (wanted) expressions after you are treated.
You may return to your daily routine the exact same day!
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting, for some patients, up to 4 months!!!
You will receive more units of BOTOX® Cosmetic by paying for units of botox instead of by paying for “areas” treated.