The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the […]continue reading
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
When you smile, frown, squint, or even chew – actually, when you make any sort of facial movement – you may be contributing the the cause of one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. Wrinkles can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. Wrinkles can make an otherwise attractive face look old before its time. One of the quickest and safest remedies to eliminate wrinkles is an injection of Botox, also referred to as botulinum toxin.
Botox is, quite simply, one of the most important and revolutionary tools to be introduced to the field of facial rejuvenation in many years. Aside from a facelift or other more involved forms of plastic surgery, Botox represents the most effective means of temporarily reducing or eliminating frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes, and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Additionally, studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
Botox injections can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, or microdermabrasion to further improve the results of the procedure. Even better news: this combination of therapies can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
The treatment usually takes less than 15 minutes. The number of Botox injections you need will depend on a number of factors, which include your unique facial features as well as the number, location, and degree of your wrinkles. Crow’s feet, for example, generally require two or three injections. To effectively reduce furrows above your brow, it could take five or more injections.
It is also important to note that Botox injections can provide excellent results when used as a treatment for teeth grinding problems, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, and the associated jaw tension and pain. In this application, Botox is used to weaken the muscles involved in teeth grinding and jaw clenching, thereby producing relief, usually after just a single treatment. In a related fashion, Botox can also be used to calm spastic muscles in the face which can cause embarrassing tics and twitching.
No anesthesia is required for a Botox injection, and there is no down time or recovery time required. You may notice results within a few days following the procedure, but keep in mind that it can take up to a week to see the full effect of the treatment. Typically, these beneficial results will last for three to four months. After that, additional treatments may be required to maintain your desired appearance.
Please contact Dr. Peterson today at (281) 836-4576 for more information regarding Botox injections, or any of the other plastic surgery procedures offered at his office in Houston, TX. A new and better you is only a phone call away!
Who should consider Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is indicated for the temporary correction of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) associated with corrugator and/or procerus muscle activity in patients 18 to 65 years of age. If you exhibit lines on the smooth part of your forehead above and between the brows (the glabella), you should consider treatment with Botox Cosmetic.
Botox Cosmetic is contraindicated if the patient exhibits an infection at the proposed injection site(s) and or has a known hypersensitivity to any botulinum toxin preparation or to any of the components in the formulation. Do not undergo Botox treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you have experienced an allergic reaction to another product containing botulinum toxin. Ask your plastic surgeon about the possible side effects of Botox.