AGING SKIN - Fine Lines & Wrinkles - BOTOX®

What exactly is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical treatment that can smooth moderate to severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows, worry lines located on the forehead and periorbital lines around the eyes (also known as crow's feet). It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.

Dr. Gilbert is an Allergan BOTOX Platinum Plus provider due to the large number of patients he treats.

How does BOTOX work?

Moderate to severe glabellar lines, worry lines and periorbital lines form over time as the result of muscle activity. During treatment, low doses of BOTOX are administered via tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause these lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes and no recovery time is needed.

When will I see results from a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment?

You may see a marked improvement within a few days. Lines continue to improve for up to a month and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better one month after treatment. Results may vary.

Will I experience any side effects?

Possible side effects that have been reported in medical literature include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Less frequently occurring (<3%) adverse reactions include pain in the face, redness at the injection site and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week. Temporary bruising may occur at the injection site.

Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you "had work done." The muscle activity is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

What happens to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did prior to treatment.


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