Reasons for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment
Botulinum toxin injections are the number one cosmetic non-surgical treatment in the United States. It is a purified protein from a bacteria (much like other medications such as antibiotics). It works to smooth out wrinkles that are caused by excessive muscle activity. It can relax an angry or intense appearance by relaxing the furrow between the brows. By relaxing muscles of facial expression, it not only creates a more youthful and rested appearance, but BOTOX® Cosmetic has been shown to improve mood because the brain senses that the face is relaxed and “happier.” However, BOTOX® Cosmetic will not smooth out deep wrinkles caused by excess skin folds such as the ones in sagging neck areas.
It is a very popular treatment because it has no downtime and is relatively painless with topical anesthetic and tiny needles. BOTOX® Cosmetic was first used in ophthalmology in the 1970s as a treatment for misaligned eyes by using it to relax tight eye muscles in order to realign the eyes. Since then, its uses have expanded to a wide variety of medical and cosmetic uses. It has an excellent safety record when used by trained and experienced medical professionals who understand facial and eyelid anatomy.
What to expect after treatment
You will notice wrinkle reduction and facial expression relaxation starting on day 3 after injection. The effect is maximal by 2-3 weeks. The first time you have BOTOX® Cosmetic it may last 3-4 months. Because BOTOX® Cosmetic is broken down by the body, it does not build up, and needs to be repeated. But over time, the frequency of injections becomes less. After 1-2 years of injections, you may only need BOTOX® Cosmetic twice a year.
Complications are rare but include allergic reaction, dry mouth, and flu-like syndrome. The most common problem is bruising, at 10-20% of patients who will experience some mild bruising, but it typically resolves quickly. Droopy lids or mouth are the main concerns, but this risk can be minimized by having an experienced physician like Dr. Vivian Schiedler perform the injections. It is also helpful to avoid excessive physical exertion or heat such as hot tubs or saunas on the day of the injections to minimize distant spread of BOTOX® Cosmetic to unintended areas. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, and patients with neuromuscular disorders should not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic.
We invite you to contact our office in Ashland, OR and schedule a consultation with Dr. Schiedler to determine if Microneedling can help you address your skin problems and hold off the signs of aging. Contact us online or call our office today at 541.708.6393.