What Is BOTOX ® Cosmetic?
BOTOX ® Cosmetic is the only procedure that is FDA-approved for temporarily relieving crow’s feet lines, forehead lines, and moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. In recent years, it has been considered a huge cosmetic dermatology breakthrough, with several thousands of satisfied patients that say that they are beyond thrilled with the results.
The best part of BOTOX ® Cosmetic is that, when it is applied correctly, it should not be obvious or visible. Many people will stop and compliment you for looking better than usual, but they will not understand why you appear differently.
How Can BOTOX ® Cosmetic Help You?
How Does the Procedure Work?
To relieve the appearance of crow’s feet, Dr. Parakh will inject the muscles that frame each eye with BOTOX ® Cosmetic in three separate areas. This will temporarily freeze these muscles, allowing the crow’s feet to flatten out, producing a younger appearance.
For the reduction of frown lines in the forehead, Dr. Parakh administers 5 more injections into various muscles in the area, including the corrugators and the procerus. This is will alleviate the pressure put on the skin by these muscles, and reduce the appearance of those lines temporarily.
Are You A Good Candidate For BOTOX ®?
Dr. Parakh believes that almost anyone that wishes to temporarily reduce lines in the eye and forehead areas is a potential candidate. However, she stresses that results vary between patients.
Pretty much anyone that has developed a furrow between the eyebrows can benefit from the BOTOX ® injections, as the area responds well to the procedure. Forehead lines and crow’s feet are also commonly treated with BOTOX ®, and anyone that wishes to smooth out these trouble spots should probably consider the treatment.
Other uses include correcting lower eyelid crinkles and lines that surround the mouth. It has even produced impressive results in patients suffering from unsightly neck bands.
What Is a BOTOX ® Consultation Like?
When you first meet with Dr. Parakh, you may be nervous, but she is a BOTOX ® Cosmetic board-certified injector, and she is among the most qualified people to determine the best treatment of your skin. So, while you may feel a bit overwhelmed, just know that Dr. Parakh has performed numerous BOTOX ® Cosmetic consultations and treatments, and she is more than open to answering all your questions.
Dr. Parakh will review your personal skin treatment goals with you. If you would prefer to bring photos, you may, however this step is unnecessary, as she can work with you to help you achieve the results that you desire.
After reviewing your health history, general well-being, and any medications that you may be taking, Dr. Parakh will conduct a brief exam to ensure that BOTOX ® Cosmetic is the right treatment for you and that its results will align with your goals. Once everything is set and the doctor has discussed your treatment plan with you, an appointment will be scheduled for your procedure in the near future.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX ®
When Will I See Results?
Are There Any Side Effects?
Since BOTOX ® is applied in very small amounts, it is considered to be extremely safe for cosmetic use and has been FDA approved for years. The treatment is one of the safest on the market for the reduction of wrinkles.
The only known side effects of BOTOX ® are occasional headaches and a bit of bruising at the injection sites, which can usually be covered with make-up. While many patients worry about eyelid drooping, the condition is very rare. However, if this does occur, it is only temporary and can be alleviated by prescribed eye-drops.
What Can I Expect Right After Treatment?
The treatment is usually quick and can be done in one office visit with only minimal discomfort. That being said, it is probably best to take it easy the day that the procedure is done. In other words, take the day off from work and do not participate in any strenuous activities or workouts.
BOTOX ® may leave some patients with a bit of swelling immediately after the procedure. Ice can be applied in these cases to reduce the residual puffiness.