Botox® (botulinum toxin type A) is a drug that blocks the transmission of nerve impulses and has a wide range of uses in medicine, but is most well known for softening deep lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and the “crows feet” of the eyelids.
The technique involves the injection of medication into the area of the furrows, thereby halting the ability to contract the muscle that causes the fold in the skin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Botox® to treat frown lines between the eyebrows. However, most doctors use Botox® in an “off label manner” to treat the crow’s feet and horizontal wrinkles of the forehead in selected patients.
The procedure takes only a few minutes to perform. Topical numbing creams can be used at your request.
Prior to injection you should avoid using aspirin containing products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, ginseng, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, feverfew, black cohash, horse chestnut bark, tumeric root, willow bark, doses of Vitamin E , and fish oils. These, and any other products that can increase bleeding, increase the chance of bruising or bleeding at the injection site.
What to Expect From Botox®
It takes 7 to 14 days for the medication to take effect and begin relaxing the muscles that cause the lines to form. The results are usually very pleasing to our patients and may last 3 to 4 months.
It is best not to rub the injection site for several hours after treatment. Also, avoid any strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after the injection. Patients should not lie down or bend over for 6 hours after the injection.
Side effects are rare, but include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Infection and bleeding are also possibilities.
Our clinic was the first in the Mid South to use Botox® for cosmetic purposes, beginning with research studies over 10 years ago. That means we have the experience and skill necessary to offer you the best result possible from your Botox® treatments. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Dysport® is used to treat lines over and between the eyebrows. It blocks signals from the nerve to the muscle to help reduce muscle activity and temporarily prevent muscle contractions that cause frown lines. Dysport® can help improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines. Treatment sessions generally take 20-30 minutes.