The effects of daily living take their toll on many of your body’s systems. Even the acts of concentrating, smiling, and laughing can cause lines on your face, leaving muscles semi-contracted and you looking older than you feel. Dr. Hal Wilson of Maxwell Medical Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, recommends Botox® Cosmetic injections for his patients who are unhappy with frown lines and crow’s feet. Call the office today, or book an appointment online to schedule your Botox treatment.
Using tiny amounts of purified botulinum toxin, Botox Cosmetic is an extended period temporary treatment for active expression lines of the face. Frown lines and crow’s feet are often the result of your skin taking on the form of the muscles underneath, the ones that form your facial expressions.
If you smile a lot, work in bright light, or spend hours concentrating on your work, the muscles that cause you to furrow your brow, squint, or laugh can remain semi-contracted. Your skin adopts these contours, and as you age and lose elasticity and moisture in your skin, the effects become more pronounced. The middle layers of your skin lose collagen, which can smooth out many of these flaws in younger skin. Botox Cosmetic addresses muscle contraction through temporary paralysis of several key muscles.
The very mild paralytic effect of Botox Cosmetic was first used to treat spasms in eye muscles as a method to stabilize vision. It’s not hard to imagine that someone noticed the relaxing effect the injection had on the wrinkles surrounding the eyes.
Approved for cosmetic use in the early 2000s, Botox Cosmetic reduces activity when injected directly into a muscle. When the injections are made by experienced professionals like Dr. Wilson and his team, results are natural, with few side effects.
The injection process takes about 10 minutes, though your entire appointment may be longer. You’ll start to see results in one or two days, and you can expect the treatment to last four months or longer.
Botox Cosmetic treatments are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today. About 11 million vials of Botox Cosmetic have been sold since 2002 in the United States alone. The most common side effect is redness and irritation at the injection sites, but this typically clears quickly, and most people can return to normal activities immediately following treatment.
Other rare side effects include drooping eyelids and minor swelling in the crow’s feet area. These effects, as well as visible signs of Botox use, are more common when treatments are administered by less experienced practitioners without a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy.