Botox® Cosmetic is a treatment that can reduce or eliminate your frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet. This is one of the most popular treatments at Revalla Plastic Surgery in South Denver.
Botox® works by weakening the muscles that cause facial expressions. Once the treated muscles are weakened, the pull of the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin flattens. When done properly, you can expect Botox® to smooth wrinkles without creating a “frozen face” appearance.
Botox® treatment is performed in our South Denver office in less than 30 minutes. Small amounts of Botox® Cosmetic are injected into the facial muscles using a very tiny needle. There is typically no need for local anesthetic.
Botox® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) is a purified protein that temporarily reduces moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead, and around the eyes. Your injector administers low doses of Botox® Cosmetic directly into the muscles that cause frown lines. Within a week or so, you will notice a reduction in lines, which can last up to 4 months.
Frown lines and furrows are formed over time as a result of muscle activity under the surface of your skin. Botox® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscle, temporarily blocking the transmission of nerve impulses and stopping muscle activity.
Although the results are noticeable, Botox® does not dramatically change your appearance. You are still able to show full expression, without the unwanted wrinkles or creases.
The longevity of results does vary. For best results, your doctor will evaluate you and then administer an appropriate dosage to specific injection sites. With ongoing treatments (2-4 times per year), Botox® will continue to soften facial lines.
After your treatment, you will be able to return to most every day activities right away. Occasionally people may experience a slight amount of bruising and/or swelling that can be alleviated by elevation and ice packs.
It is advisable to refrain from exercise or lying flat for at least 6-8 hours after treatment. Most people notice that wrinkle lines are significantly reduced in a week, but it can take up to two weeks for some individuals. Results can last from 3-6 months.
As with any cosmetic procedure, complications from Botox®, although rare, do exist. The specific risks, as well as suitability, for any given individual cannot be determined until the time of consultation. While we hope this information is helpful, it cannot substitute for a consultation.
Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery of South Denver has been providing patients with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. You can reach us at our office phone number, 720-283-2500, or contact us online. View our specials page to learn about discounts on Botox® Cosmetic.