Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing crow’s feet, frown
lines or wrinkles around your eyes, mouth and forehead? While these signs
of aging are normal, they can make you look tired or upset. Anti-aging
injectables, such as
BOTOX® Cosmetic, can improve the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines, leaving you looking
Why do we get wrinkles?
As we age, our skin loses elasticity and becomes more fragile. Natural
production of oils in the skin decreases and fat in the deep layers of
the skin diminishes, causing skin to be loose and saggy and lines and
crevices to become more pronounced.
Age isn’t the only cause of facial wrinkles. Exposure to ultraviolet
(UV) light—either from the sun or artificial sources such as indoor
tanning beds—is the primary cause of wrinkles that appear at an
early age. The UV light breaks down collagen in the skin, causing it to
lose strength and flexibility.
Smoking can accelerate the aging process and result in premature wrinkling,
which is thought to be caused by reduced blood flow to the skin. Repetitive
facial movements can also cause wrinkles. Frown lines and wrinkles from
smiling or squinting are common and become more pronounced with age as
the skin is no longer able to “bounce back” into place due
to lost elasticity.
How does BOTOX® treat wrinkles?
If you have wrinkles in your face—either from age, smoking or exposure
to UV light—BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a non-invasive treatment
used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines and other signs
of aging in the face. When injected into selected muscles, BOTOX®
weakens or paralyzes these muscles, effectively eliminating “crow’s
feet,” frown lines and forehead lines.
Discomfort from BOTOX® is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection,
your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic
cream. BOTOX® is a safe procedure with limited side effects, the most
common of which are temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain,
infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding
or bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain
neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton
syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
What results can I expect?
Within a few days of your treatment, you will see a marked improvement
in the moderate to severe frown lines between your eyebrows. These lines
will continue to improve for up to a month. Results from one treatment
can last up to four months before another injection is needed.
In clinical trials, nearly 90 percent of men and women rated the improvement
in their appearance as moderate to better one month after treatment. Results may vary.
To get the best results from your BOTOX® treatment, choose a doctor
who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. Some Key-Whitman
surgeons specialize in reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery, including
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.