What Does Botox Do?
developed for treatment of overactive
muscles surrounding the eye. It was
originally used to calm muscle activity
in the eyelid (causing eyelid twitching)
or in the deeper muscles (causing eyes
to gaze in two different directions).
Because Botox can block nerve impulses
to the muscles of facial expression as
well, lines and wrinkles are now treated
with Botox. Botox relaxes the muscles so
they do not contract. After treatment,
the overlying skin becomes smooth and
wrinkle-free. Although it would seem as
though it would take as many years for
the wrinkles to go away as it took for
them to form, the wrinkles disappear
extremely quickly after Botox treatment.
Untreated facial muscles contract
Is Botox Safe?
injections have been used safely and
effectively for over ten years to treat
many ophthalmological and neurological
disorders. Each year thousands of
patients receive Botox treatments for a
variety of conditions. Botox is now
quickly becoming a popular treatment for
reversing the visible signs of aging in
How is it performed?
of the frown lines is a simple and safe
procedure. A very small amount of Botox
is injected with a very fine needle into
several locations in the face. Because
the needle is so fine and only a small
amount of liquid is used, the pain
associated with the procedure is
minimal. Many people say the sensation
is similar to a fly or ant bite. No
sedation or local anesthetic is required
and you will be able to drive and engage
in your daily activities immediately
after your injections. You may have
slight and temporary bruising of the
skin at the injection sites, but
otherwise there will be no visible signs
Are there any side effects?
relatively common, but usually very
mild. Because the medication can
sometimes cause excessive weakness of
the injected or nearby muscles, rarely
there can be transient weakness of the
eye closure, drooping of the eyelids, or
asymmetry of facial expression. The risk
of any side effects depends on the
muscles injected at your visit. Because
Botox is reversible, any side effects
related to excessive weakness are
temporary, only lasting days or weeks.
there limits to inactivation of frown
Unfortunately, inactivation of frown
lines is not a permanent solution to the
problem of dynamic wrinkles. Because the
injections only last about four to six
months, you will need to have injections
once or twice a year. Though early
results from clinical trials suggest the
duration of benefit increases with time,
so that you may only require injections
infrequently in the future, this will
vary from person to person.
kind of results can I expect?
wrinkles are making you look older than
you should, inactivation of the frown
lines can smooth these out and give you
a more youthful appearance. However,
this procedure will not improve the more
common "static" wrinkles that are
unrelated to facial muscle contraction.
If you have both static and dynamic
lines, your optimal treatment might
include both botox and photorejuvenation.
Dr. Baker will discuss the possibilities
with you and recommend the best
alternatives for your particular
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