How Does BOTOX Cosmetic Help?

BOTOX Cosmetic targets muscles around the eyes, which have repeatedly contracted throughout the years due to squinting and frowning. This — along with a reduction of collagen, cellular changes, and sun damage — leads to the development of crow’s feet and frown lines on the face. BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into these muscles to temporarily reduce this muscle activity, leading to a smoothing of the lines that are being caused by these muscle contractions.

What Aesthetic Concerns Can BOTOX Address?

Patients love BOTOX because it’s a fast, convenient, safe, and effective way to reduce facial signs of aging, including:

  • Vertical “worry” lines between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead lines 
  • Crow’s feet
  • Smoker’s lines around the mouth
  • A gummy smile
  • Neck bands
  • Lower eyelid crinkles
  • Bunny lines on the nose
  • Asymmetrical eyebrows
Logo media

How Does BOTOX Work?

BOTOX works by stopping the release of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) to block communication between the nerves and the muscles that are causing wrinkles to form. 

Because of the blocking of communication, the muscles relax and become unable to contract the way they were before injection. This temporarily softens the wrinkles and lines. 

Dr. Parakh: BOTOX Injection to the DAO Muscle (Corner of Mouth)

Logo media

What to Expect in a BOTOX Consultation

You may be nervous when you first meet with Dr. Parakh, but there is no need to be. She is a BOTOX Cosmetic board-certified injector, and she is among the most qualified people to determine the best treatment for you.

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 happy to answer all your questions.

Many of our patients have questions that they would like to address prior to undergoing their BOTOX procedures. 

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 Dr. Parakh can work with you to help you achieve the results that you desire.

After reviewing your health history, general wellbeing, 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 the results will align with your goals. Once everything is set and she has discussed your treatment plan with you, an appointment will be scheduled for your BOTOX treatment.

BOTOX Treatment Details

BOTOX injections are usually quick and can be done in one office visit, with only minimal discomfort.

For 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 will administer five more injections into various muscles in the area, including the corrugators and the procerus. This will alleviate the pressure put on the skin by these muscles and reduce the appearance of those lines temporarily.

Banner media

Do BOTOX Injections Hurt?

Botox Injections with NueVibe

Contact us media

Side Effects

Since BOTOX is applied in very small amounts, it’s considered to be extremely safe. It has been FDA approved for years and is one of the safest treatments 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 makeup.

BOTOX may also leave some patients with a bit of swelling immediately after the procedure. Ice can be applied in these cases to reduce the residual puffiness.

While many patients worry about eyelid drooping, this condition is very rare. However, if this does occur, it’s only temporary and can be alleviated by prescribed eyedrops.

After BOTOX Injections

Although BOTOX doesn’t require any real downtime, we do recommend taking it easy the remainder of the day following injection. You may want to take the day off from work and avoid the following:

  • Icing the area or applying makeup for one hour
  • Lying down flat or positioning your head downward for four hours
  • Massaging the treated area or applying pressure in the area for 24 hours
  • Anything that makes you hot or sweaty (exercising, saunas, hot tubs, etc.) for 48 hours
  • Consuming alcohol for 48 hours
  • Consuming blood-thinning medications or supplements for 48 hours
  • Undergoing facials of any kind for one week

Results After Your BOTOX Treatment

Visible results can be seen a few days after treatment, but the peak results of the BOTOX Cosmetic will appear after 2-4 weeks and can last up to 3-4 months.

Once the results begin to fade, a follow-up is necessary to maintain the results. While no BOTOX Cosmetic treatment is permanent, the duration of the results tend to last longer after repeated procedures.

The best part of BOTOX Cosmetic is that when it’s applied correctly, it’s not obvious or visible. Many people will stop and compliment you for looking better than usual, but they won’t realize why you look fresher and more youthful.

Who Makes the Best BOTOX Candidate?

Almost anyone who wants to non-surgically reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead is a potential candidate for BOTOX. However, it’s important to understand 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.

Why Choose Parakh Plastic Surgery?

At Parakh Plastic Surgery, we provide a warm, happy, friendly, and professional environment where you are carefully listened to. As one of the most effective and popular treatments in the world, BOTOX can provide the anti-aging results you’re looking for. Dr. Parakh and her team create compelling results for you through naturalistic, effective enhancement. We believe you deserve to look and feel your best. That’s why we focus on personalized care, never adopting a cookie-cutter approach. Our treatment plans and outcomes are highly individualized. If you’re considering BOTOX, we welcome you to schedule your initial consultation today. We will help guide you through this process to younger-looking, smoother skin.

Banner media
Contact us media
Accessibility: If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact our Accessibility Manager at 201-596-8103.
Contact Us