Many factors can contribute to loose facial skin and muscles, including aging, facial expressions, genetics, and gravity. Your once tight, youthful skin becomes wrinkled with deep grooves and lines, causing permanent scowls that can make you look tired or angry. Fortunately, BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botulinum type A) can address creases in the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows (known as glabellar lines), wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), lip lines, and neck bands.
As one of the most popular minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques, BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA approved and a safe, effective option for restoring smooth, fresh skin.
Candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic
Any patients bothered by the lines and wrinkles in their forehead, around their eyes, and near their mouth are potential candidates for injectable treatments. Specific allergies, skin conditions, or medications you are taking can render this treatment unsuitable. Providing your full medical history and discussing your concerns will help Dr. Messa determine whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is the recommended technique for you.
BOTOX® Cosmetic neurotoxin is injected into strategically targeted areas to relax muscles and skin for a smoother texture and appearance. If requested, your physician can apply ice or local anesthetic cream to numb the area prior to your injection to offer a more comfortable experience. Each process is personalized, so it is best to discuss your concerns and preferences before your treatment to ensure your goals and desired results are achieved.
There is no downtime directly after BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment. Some patients experience minor discomfort including a mild pinching sensation, redness, minimal bruising, and slightly swollen skin at the injection site, which should diminish within two days. Over-the-counter pain medications can be taken if needed. Pressure on the injection sites should be avoided for one week to ensure your results remain intact. It is advised to take the day of your injection off from physical exertion and to keep your head elevated for the rest of the day.
Your skin type and the selected treatment areas will determine when your final results begin to show. It is common for effects to take three to seven days after the injection to develop visible results. Initial treatments may require a more conservative approach to ensure a more natural, optimal outcome without risking over-treatment of the skin and muscles. You can schedule a follow-up appointment for more treatment sessions as needed.
Once results become evident, facial skin will be relaxed and smoothed, providing a youthful, softer appearance. Results may vary, and you can expect your outcome to last between three and six months. As soon as your results begin to fade as the aging process continues, it is safe to schedule your next BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.