Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures
Medical & Surgical Dermatology
Additonal Dermatology Information
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
Facts about BOTOX® Cosmetic:BOTOX® Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the brows.
With real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons why BOTOX® Cosmetic has been chosen by millions of women and their doctors.
Approximately 11.8 million1 BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures have been administered in the United States since 2002.
Why Does Skin Age?Aging skin and wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. The 11s – those vertical lines that appear between your brows – result from muscle contractions. When you concentrate, squint, or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest.
Relaxed glabellum muscles Figure 2: Contracted glabellum muscles
BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes the persistent lines to form between the brows.
BOTOX® Cosmetic for MenBOTOX® Cosmetic is certainly not just for women. If you are a man and think it's time to do something about those moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows, talk to your doctor about whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
- 6% of total BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures are performed on males (313,714 procedures)
- BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular minimally invasive physician administered aesthetic procedure for males (314,000 procedures)
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the “11s,” the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months.1 Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
Who should not take BOTOX® Cosmetic?Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic.
- had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
- have a skin infection at the planned injection site
You should not be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic if you have:
- a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
- allergies to any botulinum toxin product
- had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
- breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
- swallowing problems
- bleeding problems
- plans to have surgery
- had surgery on your face
- weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
- drooping eyelids
- any other change in the way your face normally looks
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby.
- are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.
What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.
Do treatment results differ?Yes, individual results may vary. To get the best results, it's important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic such as Water's Edge Dermatology
What Is the Treatment Process?The treatment process for BOTOX® Cosmetic is simple.
Here's what you might expect at the Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner's office from the moment you arrive until your procedure is done.
Before the Treatment
- Consult your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic
- Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will ask you about your goals to determine where to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic. To do this, your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner may examine your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create furrow between your brows can vary among individuals
- Ask the Water’s Edge Dermatology practitionerany questions you may have about your expectations for treatment
- Discuss treatment goals and finalize a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs
The TreatmentThe administration of BOTOX® Cosmetic involves:
- No anesthesia is required. However, your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
- Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will administer a few tiny injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic directly into the muscles that cause those moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows.
Approximately 10 minutes for the
After the Treatment
- No downtime is needed – you're ready to get on with your day!
- Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will give you specific aftercare instructions.
- Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising