QUICK FACTS

CONCERNS: Vertical lines between the eyebrows,
squint lines or crows feet in the corner of eyes, or horizontal forehead lines
SUITABLE FOR: All skin types
TREATMENT PREP: Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible, for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, click for more.
TREATMENT TIME: 30-minute appointment
COURSE OF TREATMENT: Follow up appointment is recommended 2 weeks after treatment to evaluate results.
RESULTS SEEN: Full results realized in two weeks.
REPEAT: Typically, every 3-4 months to maintain results.

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Botox® Cosmetic

Simple injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic will improve fine lines and wrinkles without surgery and without scars.

What is Botox®?

Botox is an injectable product composed of purified botulinum toxin. It is the most well-known injectable in a category referred to as “neuromodulators,” which also includes similar products like Dysport. Botox works by temporarily disrupting nerve signals to the muscles where it is injected, which means that patients can no longer make extreme facial expressions that cause dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that form when you squint, frown, or smile, such as crow’s feet, glabellar lines, or horizontal forehead lines. With modern injection techniques, however, you can still freely express yourself and avoid the “frozen” look.

Who Can Benefit from Botox®?

Many patients can benefit from Botox, assuming that they do not have specific medical conditions such as bleeding disorders or certain allergies. Before you receive injections, your health history will be reviewed to ensure that the product is safe for you. Your concerns will also be evaluated to make sure that Botox is your most effective option. For example, some wrinkles are caused by volume loss rather than repetitive motion, meaning that other injectables are more suitable. Botox is typically used for:

• Vertical lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose
• Squint lines or crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
• Horizontal forehead lines
• Platysmal muscle bands (vertical lines) often visible on the neck
• Lower facial muscles such as the masseter muscle (to lessen the squareness and fullness of the lateral jawline), wrinkles around the mouth, and turning down at the corners of the mouth.

How Long Do Botox® Results Last?

Botox results are not permanent, because the disrupted chemical messenger created by the Botox wears off and the normal communication between the nerve and muscle re-establishes itself. On average, Botox results last about 3-4 months. Your results will vary depending on factors like the amount of Botox you receive, the treatment area, and whether you have received Botox in the past. Once your results begin to fade, you can have maintenance injections to maintain the rejuvenated look. Most patients find that their results will last longer over time with regular maintenance treatments. During a consultation, a treatment plan can be determined to achieve your best possible results, including scheduled maintenance or touch-up injections as needed.

Botox® vs. Dysport

MDSkin Lounge offers both Botox and Dysport, which are both neuromodulator injectables that work using botulinum toxin. These two products are very comparable, but have some slight variation in their formulation. Dysport is FDA approved to treat glabellar lines, but is sometimes used off-label for other cosmetic concerns. Botox has been studied and proven to be effective in a wider range of purposes. Dysport is known to offer a softer or less “frozen” result. Finally, Botox results can take longer to appear after treatment, but also tend to last longer before maintenance injections are necessary. During a consultation, your provider can help you choose which of the two products is the best option for you.

At MDSkin, we are extremely skilled and experienced in using Botox to prevent early signs of aging, as well as to treat a variety of immediate concerns, including:

• Vertical lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose
• Squint lines or crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
• Horizontal forehead lines
• Platysmal muscle bands (vertical lines) often visible on the neck
• Lower facial muscles such as the masseter muscle (to lessen the squareness and fullness of the lateral jawline), wrinkles around the mouth, and turning  down at the corners of the mouth.

BOTOX® FAQ’s

Can Botox age you?

Botox is a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles and is temporary. It is possible if Botox is used in inappropriate doses for long period of time muscles may thin prematurely lending itself to an older look. If a patient is younger than preventative Botox may be a good idea. More appropriate would be for a young patient to work on their skin quality before using Botox. Best approach would be to have a candidate conversation with your provider about your treatment outcome goals.

Can Botox cause weight gain?

Weight gain is not a common side effect of Botox that is used in doses meant for aesthetic outcomes.

Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?

Botox relaxes muscles and in turn relaxes wrinkles. Once the effects of Botox wears off patients may be surprised by the depth and amount of their wrinkles.

Is Botox permanent?

Botox is a temporary treatment that keeps certain facial muscles in a relaxed state. This prevents them from contracting and reduces your wrinkles. When you begin your Botox treatment, before the lines become too deep, you can prevent getting permanent wrinkles. However, your results are not permanent and you must repeat your Botox treatment every 3 to 6 months. For a permanent solution to your forehead wrinkles, you could opt for a brow lift instead. Your surgeon can use this surgery to sculpt the underlying muscles in a manner that eliminates the use of Botox.

What age should I start Botox?

Plastic Surgeons advise patients to consider Botox when facial lines like frown or smile lines begin to stick and do not go away when the face is relaxed. Usually, this happens in your 30s while for some, this may begin in the late 20s. This is when Botox can be used as a preventative measure for wrinkles and fine lines. If you have an expressive face then your mid-20s might be a good age to begin preventative Botox treatment. It relaxes the muscle and subsequently the overlying skin so that wrinkles are not formed. Some other factors that are considered include the amount of muscle movement and the level of damage from the sun. So, unless there is a strong frown, most plastic surgeons will recommend that you begin your Botox treatments in your 30s to counteract the environmental damage. Other than these factors, the appropriate age for Botox also depends on your skin color. Generally, Caucasian women must begin their treatment between 35 to 40 years. Those with darker skin will benefit from Botox treatment at 40 to 45 years or earlier owing to sun damage or lifestyle choices. Having said that, the age may still be irrelevant if you have dynamic wrinkles that stay on your face when relaxed.

Contact MDSkin® today to learn more about Botox or to schedule a consultation.

QUICK FACTS

CONCERNS: Vertical lines between the eyebrows,
squint lines or crows feet in the corner of eyes, or horizontal forehead lines
SUITABLE FOR: All skin types
TREATMENT PREP: Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible, for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, click for more.
TREATMENT TIME: 30-minute appointment
COURSE OF TREATMENT: Follow up appointment is recommended 2 weeks after treatment to evaluate results.
RESULTS SEEN: Full results realized in two weeks.
REPEAT: Typically, every 3-4 months to maintain results.

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