Now the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, BOTOX® Cosmetic helps millions of patients combat wrinkles and facial creases. Whether you are hoping to improve the appearance of frown lines or seeking to prevent them, BOTOX will assist in achieving a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
At Joseph Eye & Laser, you can expect safe, personalized care and beautiful, natural results. Dr. Joseph and our team provide a warm and friendly environment while working to ensure their patients’ utmost satisfaction. To better understand your treatment options, please contact our office and schedule a face-to-face consultation.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the gold-standard FDA-approved prescription product used to improve the appearance of facial aging lines in adult men and women.
A number of factors cause wrinkles, including cellular changes, collagen depletion, and damage caused by sun and free radicals. Also, the routine contraction of facial muscles when concentrating, frowning, or squinting can cause your skin to fold and furrow.
BOTOX is injected just beneath the skin’s surface, targeting muscle activity that causes the overlying wrinkle. When the muscle relaxes over time, the skin lines consequently soften and fade.
The safety and efficacy of BOTOX has been proven over more than fifty years, beginning with children treated for cervical dystonia, or neck spasms. In addition to cosmetic treatments, BOTOX is currently used to address numerous medical conditions including:
The effects of BOTOX have long been studied and championed by medical specialists ranging from ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and neurologists. As with any product or procedure, however, it’s not for everyone. The best candidates for cosmetic treatment are physically healthy, without neuromuscular diseases, not pregnant or nursing, and are at least 18 years of age.
Some conditions that might exclude a patient from having BOTOX treatment include:
You should inform Dr. Joseph of any medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking prior to treatment. Make sure to discuss any questions or concerns, as well as your expectations with Dr. Joseph during your consultation to alleviate confusion or dissatisfaction.
Your consultation with Dr. Joseph is an opportunity to review your medical history and discuss your desired outcomes. Once you have communicated your vision, the surgeon will personally help you create a proactive plan. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have at this point, and some patients even create lists in advance so they don’t forget their questions at the last moment!
Dr. Joseph will explain how BOTOX works, warn of possible side effects, ask whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and show you the method he will use to achieve your goals.
Following your consultation, you may opt for treatment on the same day if that is most convenient, or schedule for another date.
A typical BOTOX® Cosmetic appointment lasts only a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. Using a super-fine needle, Dr. Joseph will inject Botox into thin, specific muscles with little-to-no discomfort. The number of injection sites depends upon the size of the treatment area and the complexity of the anatomy.
BOTOX is often considered a “lunchtime” procedure because of its minimal fuss and recovery. Most of our patients are able to visit our office during other routine errands without skipping a beat.
Results are usually visible within four to six days after treatment, but may take as long as two weeks to be fully evident. The effects typically last three to four months, although some patients report success even six months later or longer! Regularly scheduled follow-up injections are necessary to achieve consistent, long-lasting results.
Following treatment, Dr. Joseph will provide you with complete after-care instructions. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Joseph regarding changes in your daily skin regimen or the use of other medications in conjunction with your BOTOX treatment.
Though recovery does not generally involve any downtime, patients are advised to wait for one hour before strenuous exercise.