Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most requested treatments, not only in Tulsa, but the rest of the United States and in more than 70 countries worldwide.
The drug is injected to weaken the specific muscles around your eyes and forehead. These small muscles are responsible for the frown lines and deep wrinkles that occur over time. The injection temporarily eliminates wrinkles without disturbing normal function.
Botox® treatment consists of a number of tiny injections made with a very fine needle directly into the muscle. Your cosmetic surgeon first identifies the proper points of injection. Next, the proper dose will be determined. Different patients may require a larger or smaller dose of Botox®. If necessary, a numbing cream can be applied to the area for comfort (most patients do not need it).
Effects of the Botox injections usually begin to appear within 3-5 days. The results generally last around three to six months, after which time, the injections must be repeated. There is some current evidence suggesting that repeated Botox® injections may ultimately lead to longer lasting results.
Swelling or bruising may occur at Botox injection sites. Elevate your head 30-to-45 degrees for the first day to help decrease swelling if it occurs. Ice may be applied off and on for the first 24 hours to decrease bruising and swelling. You may apply makeup one hour after the injections, if desired.
Botulinum toxin is a purified protein that blocks the release of acetylcholine – the chemical that causes muscle contraction. It was first researched in the 1960’s and received FDA approval in 1989 to treat certain medical conditions such as blepharospasm. In 2002, Botox® became FDA approved for cosmetic use and since then it has been used safely on millions of patients.
The most serious side effect that has been observed is either drooping of the eyelid or double vision, caused by weakening of the muscles that are very close to the eyelid. The complication is self-limited and wears off – usually within a few weeks. To avoid this, injections are kept away from the eyelid itself. Bruising can also occur at the injection site, but this clears rapidly and is usually gone within a day or so, and is easily covered with makeup. No systemic side effects have been noted in the doses used for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles.
While Botox treatment is very effective when used alone, it is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as soft tissue fillers. Products such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, or Radiesse® are some of the commonly used options at our Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery practice. In some cases, Botox is combined with surgical procedures such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, or laser skin resurfacing.
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