We all want to look our best. That’s not always easy, especially as forehead and frown lines start to develop. As these creases deepen they can make us appear angry, when in fact we actually feel quite content. BOTOX cosmetic helps eliminate these perpetual frowns and restores a more serene quality to our faces. Its use allows us to send others the right message, giving them a truer impression of how we feel.
BOTOX is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
About the Procedure
Botulinum toxin is the substance responsible for Botulism. Over the past 15 years, this previously feared material, used in minute quantities as compared to toxic doses, has successfully been able to treat forehead wrinkles. By placing Botox in the “smile line” area, the “crow’s feet” can be smoothed and the tail of the brow lifted slightly to open up the eyes.
BOTOX cosmetic(R) (Allergan) is injected with a tiny needle into the muscles that cause us to frown and wrinkle our foreheads. The injections take about 10 minutes to perform. They stop the muscles which control facial expression from working, softening the lines of the forehead and the deep furrows between the eyebrows. In an effort to minimize discomfort, we apply numbing cream to the skin and ice cooling to reduce bruising.
Xeomin is a trademark of Merz. Dysport is a trademark of Galderma. Many patients prefer one neurotoxin over another but they have a very similar safety and efficacy profile.
Recovery and Healing
BOTOX cosmetic(R) injections cause almost no redness or swelling. You may drive yourself to and from the treatments and resume normal activities immediately.
BOTOX cosmetic(R) is given with such a tiny needle that there is minimal pain involved. No sedation or anesthesia is required. There is a chance of minimal and temporary bruising at the injection site. When used in the forehead area, there have been no known reports of permanent side effects with BOTOX cosmetic. Very occasionally, some facial asymmetry will develop which can be treated with additional injections or will resolve on its own without treament. Headache is a rare side-effect. More often, migraine sufferers will note a decrease in the frequency of their attacks. Allergic reactions are uncommon, but some patients will get only a partial or minimal response. The average time in between injections is four months. If the effect from Botox is insufficient, two other similar products, Dysport or Xeomin, can be used in the same way.