- Medical Name: Botox Cosmetic Injections
- Common Name: Botox, Xeomin, Dysport
- Anesthesia Type: Local / IV Sedation
- Procedure Duration: 15 minutes or less
- Recovery Time: None
- Procedure Location: Office
About Botox Cosmetic Injections
The upper third of the face is the area we express most of our emotions. The dynamic interplay of the muscles of the forehead and around the eyes create a variety of expressions for sadness, disappointment, surprise, glee, confusion, anger, pain, fear and more.
As we age, the forehead elongates and the brows begin to descend. Many people unconsciously compensate for this by holding their eye brows in an elevated position. This eventually results in horizontal forehead wrinkles. Other expressions such as squinting or frowning generate both vertical and horizontal creases of the forehead and the glabella (area above the nose and between the eye brows) areas.
Botox Cosmetic®, commonly just called Botox, and its generic counterparts Xeomin and Dysport are non-surgical injectables that treat the forehead, glabella and crow’s feet (outer aspect of the eyes, also called laugh lines). Botox, manufactured by Allergan, is the most common solution used as it has been proven to be effective, safe and, when properly mixed by the physician, longest lasting.
When properly administered to select muscles of the forehead and around the eyes, Botox temporarily weakens these muscles so they are no longer capable to create the offending expression causing the wrinkles. When these muscles weaken, the overlying wrinkles soften significantly (over time). Botox injections are usually repeated every 3-6 months to maintain effectiveness, and repeated Botox injections have been shown result in the best softening of wrinkles.
Unlike the majority of offices offering Botox treatments, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Schmid administers all Botox treatments to his patients. There is an excellent patient satisfaction rate to Botox treatments.
Ideal Candidate for Botox Cosmetic Injections
Ideal candidates for Botox injections are men and women with mild to moderate wrinkles and have realistic expectations for the Botox injection outcome.
Benefits of Botox Cosmetic Injections
Botox is an extremely effective, safe and non-surgical option to address mild to moderate wrinkles of the forehead, glabella and around the eyes (crow’s feet, laugh lines).
Risks and Limitations to Botox Cosmetic Injections
Botox Cosmetic® injections work on wrinkles, but will not address pigmentation problems, skin irregularities, age spots and other skin issues. Botox has been proven to be a very safe, effective procedure with an excellent patient satisfaction rate. Botox works best on mild to moderate wrinkles of the glabella, forehead and around the eyes. Deep wrinkles may need be addressed with other techniques, such as fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse injections), fractional laser resurfacing, CO2 laser resurfacing and chemical peels.