Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. The more emotion you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be. While you may have earned every one of your worry lines, you don’t have to show them anymore.
Now, after extensive testing, Botox Cosmetic is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles and frown lines. The procedure known as cosmetic denervation uses Botox Cosmetic to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles.
Botox Cosmetic blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox Cosmetic relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Are Botox COSMETIC treatments safe?
Botox Cosmetic has been used safely and effectively for over ten years to treat many ophthalmological and neurological disorders. Each year thousands of patients receive Botox Cosmetic treatments for a variety of conditions and it is quickly becoming a popular treatment for reversing the visible signs of aging.
What is the treatment like?
Cosmetic denervation with Botox Cosmetic is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny micro-needle, a very small amount of Botox Cosmetic is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the treatment is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office. Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the treatment site. This can be covered with make-up.
Are there any side effects?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, Botox Cosmetic can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles treated. Your doctor will discuss this with you in length before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox Cosmetic are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, lasting only a few weeks.