BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. It is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines. If you are considering BOTOX treatments in Weymouth MA (South Shore MA), the information below may help.
What Can BOTOX® Do For Me?
When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. BOTOX® treatments can not only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements, they can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed. BOTOX® Treatments are the most popular cosmetic procedure in New England and one of our most requested services at GK Dermatology.
Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® treatments (offered in our Weymouth MA office) reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, BOTOX® gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow’s feet beneath the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.
How Do BOTOX® Treatments Work?
BOTOX® has the highest rating of satisfaction among all cosmetic procedures and is also very safe. Many of our first time patients ask, “Is BOTOX a poison?” The answer is: Not when it is used for cosmetic treatments, as then the BOTOX® is a purified protein. BOTOX® mimics one of the proteins in the nerve-muscle complex. When injected, it binds to a receptor causing the muscle to ignore the signals from the nerve. So when your brain tells the muscle to contract, the muscle cannot respond. Remember, the amount of BOTOX® that is required for cosmetic purposes is very low, making it an extremely safe treatment.
How Long Does BOTOX® Last?
The effects of BOTOX® last an average of four months. However, we find that with repeat injections, it can last much longer. Even if you only choose to have Boston Botox® treatments once or twice a year, it still “buys you wrinkle free time”. What does this mean? Well, say that BOTOX® relaxes the muscle for 6 months, but you only inject it once a year. After 10 years, your wrinkles will still be 5 years younger! With regular injections, even deep frown lines can disappear completely. There is a reason why BOTOX® is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States with nearly 3 million people receiving injections every year.
What Can I Expect During BOTOX® Treatments in Weymouth MA?
During your BOTOX® treatments in Weymouth MA (at the offices of GK Dermatology), Dr. Kroumpouzos will inject BOTOX® into designated facial muscles that are causing lines and wrinkles using a very fine needle. You may experience brief, mild discomfort during the injection, but you can be assured that the treatment is very safe and effective. Taking only a few minutes, BOTOX® treatment requires no anesthetic and recovery is immediate, allowing you to return to work and resume your normal daily activities that same day.
Am I A Good Candidate For BOTOX®?
A good candidate for BOTOX® treatments may be anyone looking to enhance their appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that patients seeking treatment with BOTOX® are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder. Men and women considering BOTOX® treatment should have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with Dr. Kroumpouzos to ensure that your goals can be achieved.
What Are The Risks?
The most common side effect of BOTOX® treatments is a mild amount of droopiness in an eyelid (“sleepy” eye) that lasts about 10 days without treatment. This is a rare occurrence. As with any time you get an injection anywhere in your body, a small bruise is also possible.
Can You Become Immune To BOTOX®?
Theoretically. Typically, patients who receive BOTOX® frequently for one or two years require less BOTOX® each time.