Using an ultrafine needle, Botox is injected into muscles that are active with certain facial expression. These include muscles in the forehead, frown line area, crow’s feet, neck and chin.
After a few days, the muscle is effectively relaxed. Since the muscle is no longer contracting and forming creases many times a day, the skin then smooths itself out.
Therefore the smoothing effect on the wrinkle is indirect since Botox does not directly fill the line.
The effect typically lasts 3-4 months
Botox is a medication that is a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin. In the form that is FDA approved and produced by the manufacturer, it is highly regulated and controlled.
Botox, like any other medication, has a therapeutic dose and a toxic dose. The amounts used for treating wrinkles of the upper face do not come close to the levels that would cause toxicity.
As an illustration consider Tylenol (acetaminophen). When taken as directed, it is highly effective for headaches. If one were to ingest a whole bottle of Tylenol, it would have severely damaging effects on the liver and could result in death.
All medications, therefore, have a therapeutic range. Botox is no different and when used properly is perfectly safe and effective.
Side effects are uncommon and include minimal bruising at the injection site or a mild headache. The bruising is minor and temporary and can be covered with makeup. Any headache is also temporary and can be treated with acetaminophen.
In terms of the potential for a drooping (ptosis) eyelid, this is caused by Botox inadvertently affecting the muscle that lifts the eyelid. This is very uncommon and if it occurs it is temporary (lasting less than a few weeks) and more importantly, treatable.
Eye drops (Iopidine) can be prescribed that will correct the ptosis.
Botox treatments at the Aesthetic Wellness Center typically take 10 minutes depending on how many areas are being treated making this a truly in and out “lunchtime” procedure. During the Botox procedure patients will feel a small pinch and little discomfort. Immediately after, the area will look no different in terms of the wrinkle as the Botox effect takes several days to start working.
Botox treatments at the AWC are safe, predictable and highly effective. Want to ﬁnd out more about Botox at the Aesthetic Wellness Center? Make sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahn and his staff today.