Botox Cosmetic

botox_cosmeticOne of the most popular, widely used wrinkle treatments available in the U.S., Botox Cosmetic injections are used by millions each year to relax dynamic wrinkles caused by movement of facial muscles.

Botox Cosmetic is commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  • Crow’s feet or laugh lines
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines or 11’s
  • Neck bands
  • Sagging eyebrows

Botox treatment may also be used to lift sagging eyebrows and correct excessive sweating, as well as treat a variety of medical conditions including migraine headaches, spasticity, dystonia and TMJ.

Are you a candidate for Botox treatment?

Botox treatment is ideal for both men and women who wish to diminish and prevent fine lines and creases on the face and neck or lift mildly drooping brows.  According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, cosmetic treatment with Botox is indicated for patients who are 18-65 years old, while non-cosmetic Botox treatment may be indicated for patients as young as 12.

Dr. Ljung will consult with you to discuss your cosmetic goals, review your medical history and evaluate your face and neck before determining whether Botox treatment is recommended.

How Botox injections work

Botox Cosmetic is the brand name term for a purified form of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin A.  When Botox injections are administered, the botulinum toxin A prevents acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter needed to create muscle contractions from being released, essentially paralyzing targeted facial muscles.

Since Botox injections block the muscle contractions that, through repetitive movement over time, would cause permanent fine lines and wrinkles, they are a highly effective way to both minimize existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.  

So, rather than hiding existing static wrinkles and folds by adding volume like Juvederm and Restylane, Botox smooths out dynamic wrinkles by limiting movement of facial muscles and lifts slightly drooping eyebrows by manipulating opposing forehead muscles.

Botox side effects

Inexperienced injectors are often to blame for Botox side effects, however it is important to know the possible risks before seeking Botox injections.  Potential Botox side effects include:

  • Injections site reaction
  • Minor bruising and swelling at the injection site
  • Swollen or droopy eyelids
  • Headache

It is important to note that because the effects of Botox wear off within a few months after injection, any side effects that occur should not last long longer than six months maximum.

To avoid Botox side effects and achieve the best possible Botox results, it is important that you see a highly experienced Botox injector.  In addition, be sure to avoid rubbing or manipulating the area treated with Botox for at least 24 hours after injections, and avoid consuming aspirin, fish oil and excess vitamin E for one week before and 24 hours after the Botox injections.

Dysport: The Botox alternative

Dysport is another brand name cosmetic injectable used for wrinkle treatment, and it is the only Botox alternative on the market in the U.S.

Like Botox, the active ingredient in Dysport is the neurotoxin botulinum type A, so the effects of Dysport are very similar to the effects of Botox.  There is some debate in the medical community as to what, if any, are the significant differences between Dysport vs. Botox results, however duration of onset and duration of effect may vary, and the number of actual units given per dose is different.