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Botox is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the cosmetic treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people aged 18 to 65. Botox® is contraindicated in individuals with neuromuscular diseases like myasthenia gravis or Eaton-Lambert syndrome, as well as in individuals being actively treated with aminoglycoside antibiotics such as gentamicin. Safety during pregnancy or breast feeding has not been studied, so cosmetic treatment should be avoided. Individuals with egg allergies are also recommended to avoid cosmetic treatment.

Botox Treatments

Experience the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country! Botox® Cosmetic is a nonsurgical, physician administered cosmetic treatment involving the use of a purified protein to temporarily relax muscles, thereby smoothing unwanted facial lines. Botox is best used for undesirable facial lines or wrinkles that are visible when you frown, smile, raise your eyebrows, or wrinkle your nose. Lines and wrinkles present without any type of expression may require additional types of cosmetic treatments (like dermal fillers, chemical peels, and/or photorejuvenation) to be best addressed.

For the last five years, Botox has been the most popular cosmetic procedure. The active protein in Botox has been used to treat a variety of issues since the 1970s.

 

Where can Botox be used?

The most popular cosmetic treatment area is between the brows (frown lines) though a variety of areas and problems around the face and neck have been treated with impressive results. Such sites include the area around the eyes, forehead, nose, and mouth (to soften the vertical lines and prevent the pulling down of the corner of the mouth), as well as specific problems like neck bands and the “gummy smile.” Botox can also be used to contour the lower face.

What does a Botox cosmetic treatment consist of?

Treatments are physician administered and involve a few tiny, well placed injections in the areas of interest using a very fine needle. Sensation during a cosmetic treatment ranges from barely perceptible to that of a small pinch. The treated area may be sensitive if touched immediately after the injection, though this typically fades within minutes. Treatment length is often brief (less than ten minutes).

Is Botox safe?

The active protein in Botox has been used to treat a variety of conditions since the 1970s when it was first used by an ophthalmologist to treat an eye muscle disorder. Botox is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as spastic neuromuscular disorders of the face, neck, and body, as well as migraine, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and strabismus (eye deviation). Despite all the media hype, there are no reports of Botox being used in an FDA approved fashion that have resulted in lasting harm to patients.

When will I notice the effects of a Botox treatment?

While the treatment itself may not be memorable, the results are impressive. Within days there is a noticeable softening of undesired facial lines. Maximal response is usually noted one to two weeks later. The results slowly wear away. A Botox® treatment generally lasts three to four months depending on the area treated, individual muscle tone and number of Botox® treatments previously administered.

What is the downtime after a Botox treatment?

There is virtually no downtime after a Botox® treatment. Any minor swelling or redness resolves within minutes and can be easily covered with a quick makeup touch up, which is always complementary at Denovo Medspa. You can have your treatment and continue your day, although we recommend avoiding exercise, heavy lifting or massaging the treatment sites for the rest of the day. Such activities can break down the protein, lessening the effect of the treatment. It is also prudent to avoid laying down for one hour after the treatments as the protein could, theoretically, migrate away from the treatment area.

What happens as the effects of a Botox treatment wear off?

As the Botox® treatment's effects wear away you will notice a return of muscle activity and the facial lines, though they may be less noticeable. To maintain the smoothing effects, another cosmetic treatment can be performed. Most patients find three or four cosmetic treatments per year are all that is needed to keep the relaxed, smooth and youthful effects. With regular Botox treatments the effects often last longer.

Are there other alternatives to Botox cosmetics?

Currently, there are no other FDA approved alternatives as effective as Botox in the treatment of dynamic lines and wrinkles. Botox affects where the nerve and muscle communicate, an area found deep in the face. Any cream or product applied to the skin surface simply cannot reach this area and cannot produce the same effects. Be wary of products that state they can simulate Botox.

Learn more on the Botox Cosmetic website.