The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, known as Botox, is a purified protein that can be injected for the temporary treatment of frown lines. This simple, non-surgical injection is also commonly used to temporarily reduce or eliminate forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eyes, and thick bands on the neck.
The toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses, giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies suggest that botulinum toxin may also be effective at relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate your medical history. While there is little risk of complications for most patients, it is imperative that you share your full and open medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin, and neurological conditions, or medications may make treatment inappropriate for a patient.
Men and women aged 18-70 years who want to temporarily improve the appearance of frowns, crow’s feet or forehead lines may be suitable candidates for botulinum toxin treatment. Botulinum toxin is injected directly into the muscle causing dynamic wrinkles. A very small needle is used to minimize discomfort and the injection feels like a small needle with a bit of stinging. The whole procedure takes about 10 minutes. Because the procedure is non-surgical, no recovery time is required and patients can return to work or other activities immediately.
How is life after botulinum toxin injections?
Botulinum toxin injections offer dramatic results that are fully evident within 5-7 days. Results can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of wrinkles and the strength of the muscles being treated. The results of your botulinum toxin treatment typically last three to six months, and most people gradually recover. With repeated treatments, some patients may notice that the effect of botulinum toxin lasts longer.
You can always consult experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Umut Suadiye to learn more about your personalized aesthetic needs.
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Cleveland Clinic, Neuromodulators. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/procedures/botox. Last Accessed: May 2023.