Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a naturally occurring molecule that can reduce muscle activity in the area that it is injected. As a result of the decrease in muscle tone, the wrinkles that usually form with our strong expression are temporarily eliminated. It has proven to be a safe and efficient treatment for reducing wrinkles even with long-term use. The important things to be careful about are:
1. Ensure you are receiving your treatment from someone well trained. Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists usually have the most experience administering this treatment
2. Ensure that you are receiving your botox injections in the context of a comprehensive anti-aging plan - that means a good moisturizer, a good anti-wrinkle cream, and a schedule for the injections.
3. Depending on the depth of your wrinkles, you may need to have the injections repeated every 6-9 months.
4. Several studies have shown that although the lines do recur in the short-term as the Botox wears off, in the long-term you can maintain a noticeable reduction in the depth of wrinkles.
5. Potential side effects include droopy eyelid (often the result of poor injection technique, asymmetric results, or mild irritation at the site of injection).
6. If you do not like the idea of repeated injections, then you can discuss longer-term options such as plasma helium resurfacing or CO2 laser resurfacing depending on your skin type.
Botox is very effective in the treatment of facial wrinkles as well as headaches.
Look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon or Dermatologist.
They can be used cosmetically to make the face look younger. They also have therapeutic uses such as migraine headache treatment. You can consider having a consultation with a physician such as a plastic surgeon before deciding upon a treatment. They can explain to you in person more details regarding whether this would be a good treatment for you!
muscles but there are really no systemic effects.
Carol Hathaway, MD
John M. Hilinski, M.D.
Botox is not recommended in patients with known allergies or reactions to botulinum toxin, a history of neuromuscular disorders, or cardiac disease. It is used in a wide range of conditions, medical and cosmetic, and is very safe when properly administered.