BOTOX® is a cosmetic treatment which is injected under the skin to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines on the face. When a person frowns or squints the repeated muscle movements cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop. The muscles underneath the skin of the face which can cause the skin to crease and fold are targeted with the BOTOX® injections. The injections reduce muscle activity to create a noticeable change in the fine lines occurring on an individual’s face. This treatment is one of the only cosmetic tools used to address signs of aging which has been studied extensively. It is approved for use in more than 50 different countries.
A BOTOX® injection procedure typically takes between 10 and 20 minutes. Dr. Awad will assist patients with determining what type of treatment should be employed by discussing the patient's goals and their skin care routines. Patients will achieve younger looking skin without losing the ability to express their emotions on their face. Very little downtime is required for BOTOX® and the treatment can usually be performed during a lunch hour. Within 24 to 48 hours, results should be visible, and they should last for approximately four months.
BOTOX® effects will last between four to six months depending on the patient. As muscle activity slowly returns, lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and in order to maintain a smooth and youthful appearance, follow-up visits will be necessary. Over time, with regular BOTOX® treatments, the wrinkles will have a less severe appearance as the muscles have been trained to relax. BOTOX® is most effective on dynamic wrinkles, the ones that appear when the face moves, such as frown lines. This is because BOTOX® works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin, smoothing the exterior appearance.
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