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Is this the right time for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
The short answer is yes! The active ingredient in BOTOX® is one of the most researched toxins in the history of medicine. To date, BOTOX® has FDA approval for treating 11 distinct medical conditions. The first came in 1988 when a dedicated ophthalmologist discovered a low-cost treatment for two rare eye disorders. And what’s more, this treatment is the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment performed every year.
So, what is BOTOX®?
Technically, BOTOX® is a medically refined form of botulinum toxin, a substance secreted by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium family. In nature, BOTOX® can grow in food containers like sealed but contaminated tin cans.
But, delivered with precision in micro-dosed injections, BOTOX® is proven safe and effective. Doses are so small that only the targeted micro-muscles feel the toxin’s effects.
The Secret Behind BOTOX®
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment addresses the lines and wrinkles your body forms due to repeated muscle movements. These are called dynamic lines.
The BOTOX® solution is injected directly into the muscles that contract to form wrinkles and prevent them from being able to contract.
The injections target the specific muscles that stretch over time, causing those pesky wrinkles around your eyes and other parts of your face. These muscles are very small so it takes a trained expert to know where these muscles are and how much they should be paralyzed for the desired look.
The best thing about treatment is the cost. It’s a cosmetic procedure costing less than typical plastic surgery with minimized post-procedure complications. For instance, BOTOX® injection costs in Philadelphia, PA, are comparable and even lower than in other major metropolitan areas.
For even more cost savings, BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures can be completed during a lunch break.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Treats Treatment Options
If you look in the mirror and see wrinkles, you ARE a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment candidate. And now even men and women in their twenties are seeking treatment for facial aging, something you might think about as you deal with aging skin and muscles. If you see:
- Horizontal and diagonal lines on the nose – Commonly called bunny lines, these wrinkles form when you crinkle your nose.
- Gummy smile – Some people reveal too much gum line when they smile.
- Heavy eyelids – Also known as “droopy eyes.”
- Overly defined (“square”) jawline – The muscles in your face that help you smile can sometimes keep you from showing your biggest smile.
- Uneven brows – Treating this condition helps people see you without wondering why one eyebrow is a bit off-center or lower than the other.
- Chin dimpling – Sometimes the muscles that help you smile stretch and become too far apart resulting in a look that resembles a droop ball.
- Downward-turned corners of the mouth – The muscles attached to the corners of your mouth stretch with time resulting in a smile that may not look like a smile.
For facial cosmetic issues like those listed above, BOTOX® Cosmetic has revolutionized how we see ourselves in a mirror, and how others see us living our daily lives. But you might still have questions.
Some have been addressed in our FAQ section.
Frequently Asked Questions
How safe is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
The toxin in BOTOX® Cosmetic has been researched extensively since at least the 1940s. The result is a medically enhanced medicine that actually saves lives when used in a clinical setting. You can be sure of the FDA’s data because researchers thoroughly tested and published scientific results anyone can review.
Are treatments painful?
Most patients report only minor discomfort. The tiny injections that accompany BOTOX® Cosmetic do not require a local anesthetic. Procedures are so quick and painless that you might be able to return to work after lunchtime treatments.
When do the results show up?
Those micro muscles need time to heal, which varies by person. Each person has their own recovery time. But, you will usually see results within three to seven days. You should notice the final results in about two weeks.
How old should I be before starting BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
The number of younger people using treatment as a preventative measure against wrinkle formation is growing. The non-invasive procedure works on any muscle at any age. BOTOX® Cosmetic forces small muscles into healing without surgery so the magic happens under the skin.