BOTOX, derived from a purified form of the bacteria clostridium botulinum, is injected under the skin in the face to erase lines around the eyes, forehead and between the eyebrows. Though BOTOX is injected, it isn’t a dermal filler, like Juvederm® or Radiesse®. Instead of plumbing up facial lines and wrinkles, BOTOX temporarily freezes the movement of muscles needed to make crow’s feet and frown lines. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years cause frown lines and crow's feet. By preventing facial lines from being made, BOTOX not only temporarily erases these lines, but can also prevent them from becoming more severe.
Benefits of BOTOX usually become apparent within 24 to 48 hours of treatment and typically last 3-4 months. Treatment can be repeated to maintain results.
When administered properly, by an experienced medical professional such as Dr. Patel, BOTOX is extremely safe. In fact, it is among the all-time most extensively researched and reviewed esthetic treatments provided by physicians. BOTOX has been evaluated in more than 400 medical journal articles, and has been used for aesthetic reasons in this country since 2002.
BOTOX injections take only minutes to perform and there is no downtime. The needles used to administer BOTOX are ultra thin, so pain is generally not a concern. Often the injections are described as feeling like a pinch. However, individuals who are particularly sensitive or fear needles can opt to have a topical numbing cream applied 30 minutes prior to their treatment. Normal activates can be resumed immediately following getting BOTOX. There may be some minor temporary symptoms of redness, bruising and/or swelling.
When BOTOX is properly administered, patients do not appear expressionless, have visible ripples or shiny foreheads. Each are these are the result of BOTOX that has not been properly injected. Since any licensed physician and other medical professional can perform BOTOX treatments, it’s important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon who possess extensive experience in administering BOTOX to ensure safe and natural-looking optimal results.
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