What is Botox?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are biological toxins that are transformed into a therapeutic agent.
Botox was first used in the late 1960s. It was used for neurological disorders. However, Botox is used today to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead furrows, dynamic wrinkles of the lower face, bunny lines of the nose, and upper lip smoker’s lines. These BOTOX injections are the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the world. The lines and wrinkles are caused by muscles that contract while frowning, smiling, squinting or puckering. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin act specifically on those muscles. They are also effective to stop underarm, hand and feet sweating.
Dr. Weinstein will determine the proper location for each injection as the patient contracts the muscles in the treated area. Usually, Botox is injected into the muscle directly with a tiny needle. It will take a few days to notice the effect of BOTOX injections.
What are the Benefits of Botox?
- There is no downtime. Patients are able to resume normal activities immediately.
- Botox is safe and to date, there have been no systemic complications associated with these injections.
- The treatment can be reversed within several months
- It may help to treat migraine headaches and spastic muscles
Am I a candidate for BOTOX® injections?
If you animate your face and have wrinkles when you move the muscles of your face then you are a candidate for Botox.
What is the expected recovery time?
There is no recovery time or down time from botox injections. It is best not to exercise or exert yourself for 24 hours after any injectable. There is a slight risk of bruising.
When Will I See Results from Botox?
In two or three days you begin to see results from botox injectable, the peak effect is usually at 41 days after injection. Results may vary depending on the individual.
How long do the results last?
Results vary case by case, although results generally last 3 to six months. With continued use it may help prevent muscular function that causes wrinkles.
Is Botox Painful?
With tiny needles, ice topical anesthesia and the gentle technique of Dr. Weinstein the pain is minimal.
Can we combine Botox with other procedures?
Fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse or Voluma are commonly combined with Botox to fill in volume loss or visible wrinkles that are present without motion. Static wrinkles that are present with out movement can also be treated with peels, dermabrasion or LASERs.
What are the side effects of Botox?
There are minimal risks of Botox when used in limited doses for cosmetic dynamic wrinkles. One risk that I see in less than 1 per cent of my patients is ptosis of an eyelid. It is best not to take Aspirin, Mortin, Advil or other analgesics two weeks before injection to avoid bruising.
Other things to consider:
- BOTOX injections are only a temporary solution to treat wrinkles. The effects last three to six months and will require additional treatments
- Some side effects include bruising, swelling or a burning sensation while the injection is taking place. Some have reported temporary nausea or headache. Most of these complications are only short duration and they can usually be avoided with proper technique. Eyelid ptosis or numbness for a short period of time is rare.
- A very small percentage of patients reported that there was no improvement after injections.
- Dr. Weinstein has taught other plastic surgeons at a SUNY- Plastic Surgery Meeting in New York, New York, how to use Botox for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles of the face.
*Results May Vary
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