BOTOX® Cosmetic is a wrinkle-reducing injectable offered at Mesna Plastic Surgery. This medication is injected into targeted areas of the face, usually between the eyebrows and at the corners of the eyes, relaxing the muscles beneath the skin. By relaxing these muscles, they no longer aggressively form and re-form into certain expressions that cause wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts three to six months.
Botox is a medication; it is used in muscles to weaken a muscle, or we call
it softening of a muscle. When we soften that muscle, it makes the muscle
not move as harshly against the skin. When that happens, it allows the skin
to recover and the lines in the skin to look a little bit better. We enjoy
it for softening facial wrinkles that are due to muscle movement.
When you come into the office and have Botox, we would clean your skin with
a little bit of prep, a little alcohol wipe, and we would put a little
medication from a tiny, little needle into the skin, and many times, right
into the muscle itself that we're trying to target. That medication then
would take about maybe 2 days maybe to 5 or 6 days to setup, and then that
muscle wouldn't move as harshly against the skin.
Results from Botox can typically be seen between 2 to 5 days after being
placed. Results that patients might see would be maybe a 20% to 30%
correction in their creases, and they would wear their results for
approximately 3 to 5 months. The treatment of Botox takes about 5 to 10
minutes max. Once we've prepped the skin, it takes just a few little
injection points, very small needle through the skin. You will want to
continue Botox treatments every 3 to 5 months for the rest of your life or
for as long as you want to keep the results in place.
Probably the most common side effects of Botox, in particular in the, we
call it the glabellar frown line or the frown area, which seems to be the
most common, might be a dull headache, potentially a little bruise. Side
effects listed in the PI, or the product insert, you might find flu-like
symptoms, redness, a little swelling. We don't really see these very
commonly in my practice. I would say a little bruise or potentially a dull
headache are some of the more common side effects that I have seen in this
If you are interested in having these procedures done, you'll want to give
the office a call and come in for a complimentary consultation. We'd be
happy to walk through all the ins and outs of having these procedures done,
giving you all the information that you would like so that you can make a
comprehensive choice for yourself.