We offer Botox® Cosmetic treatments here at the Brentwood Medical Group & Laser Center.
About the Treatment
Botox® Cosmetic is a simple, non-surgical physician and nurse administrated treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranked Botox® Cosmetic as the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure in the United States for the fourth year in a row (surgical and non-surgical combined). It is the only treatment of this type approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Procedure & Results
The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and has no downtime. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Results appear within days after treatment and may continue to improve for up to a week. Results thereafter show for up to 4 months and may be followed by subsequent treatments.
Conditions that may be treated include:
- moderate to severe brow frown lines
Before treatment, avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti- inflammatories, for at least a week in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Potential Side Effects and Post-treatment
After treatment, avoid heavy exertion and laying face down for a short period following treatment. The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.
Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. Conditions that may exclude you from Botox® Cosmetic treatments include pregnancy and certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
What is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is a natural, purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium that is commonly injected into the forehead to smooth deep lines between the brows. Botox® treatments are non-surgical, minimally invasive, simple procedures. Botox® can also be used to treat crow's feet, upper lip lines, downturned corners of the lips, lower eyelid wrinkles, chin dimples, and neck creases and wrinkles. It has also proven effective in the treatment of migraines and hyperhydrosis.
Who is the best candidate for Botox®?
The best candidate is a man or woman between the ages of eighteen and eighty who is interested in improving the appearance of frown lines.
Where does the Botox® procedure take place?
Botox® procedures are simple procedure typically performed in a doctor's office.
Is anesthesia used for a Botox® procedure?
Anesthesia is typically not required for Botox® injections.
How do Botox® injections work?
When Botox® is injected into the muscle tissue, the muscles that cause wrinkles are temporarily paralyzed, thus relaxing and allowing the wrinkles to disappear. It may take several days following surgery for the full effect of the injection to become apparent.
How long does a Botox® procedure take to complete?
Botox® procedures involve a few tiny injections and can take as little as five minutes to complete.
Is there any pain that occurs with the Botox® procedure?
Botox® injections involve very minimal pain or discomfort and the experience may be likened to plucking the eyebrows.
What sort of recovery is there after Botox®?
Botox® procedures are fast, simple and minimally invasive. They involve virtually no downtime or recovery and patients can typically return to their normal activities and work immediately after treatment.
Are there any risks associated with Botox®?
The most common side effects occurring with Botox® are temporary. In a very small percentage of patients, slight bruising or a droopy eyelid or eyebrow (both temporary) may occur.
Are Botox® injections ever covered by insurance?
Botox® procedures performed solely for cosmetic purposes are typically not covered by insurance, though some degree of coverage may be available for procedures used for medical purposes.
How long do the results of Botox® last?
The results of Botox® typically last between three and four months.