Botox is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The protein is used in cosmetic medicine to treat moderate to severe brow furrow (glabellar lines), wrinkles, and facial creases temporarily. Botox Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles which reduces muscle activity.
The lines that appear between the brows are a result of muscle movement over time. Two muscles are largely responsible for the front lines between the brows. When those muscles contract they draw the brows together. As the skin becomes less elastic, repeated frowning result in the moderate to severe lines between the brows.
Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each treatment the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Botox Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure. First Dr. Martinez determines exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. He then makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, front, around your eyes etc. Botox procedures do not require anesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. It is injected into the muscle using a fine needle in order to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. It is recommended that patients avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure in order to minimize bruising. Patients should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications about two weeks before treatment as well to avoid increase bleeding.
Discomfort is minimal and brief. The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
Botox is the premier wrinkle treatment, and is even cost effective. Botox Cosmetic injections are virtually pain–free and can help you look like yourself again.
If the cosmetic injections of Botox are what you need, it’s best to get started right away. Call (305) 225-7546 or contact us online to get started on the path toward a happier, more beautiful look.