BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects of facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines, and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed.
The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after surgery.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed without anesthesia because they are virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made.
The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects.
Research has suggested, however, that long-term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect.
Patients over the age of 65 may not experience such dramatic results. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. BOTOX® Cosmetic is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.
Although BOTOX® is primarily associated with cosmetic procedures, there are many medical conditions that are effectively treated with the BOTOX® injection which include, chronic migraine headaches, hyperhydrosis (increased sweat gland functioning), and Parkinson’s disease. For the oral surgeon, BOTOX® has been approved for the treatment of muscle spasms of the TMJ (tempromandibular joint). Because BOTOX® is a nerve impulse blocker, studies indicate that it attaches to nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters, which activate muscles. Basically, it blocks the message from the brain that tells the muscles to contract, which means the muscle doesn’t spasm. However, treatment may need to be repeated every three months as nerve endings grow new connections.