Laser of Arlington is proud to offer a range of cosmetic injectables that can achieve quick and natural results. Advanced cosmetic relaxers can smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while dermal fillers plump and redefine facial contours. You will feel like you’ve discovered the fountain of youth!
Injectables and fillers at other medical spas are often performed by any technician; but Laser of Arlington adheres to a higher standard of care. Only our Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners perform treatments under the direction of our Medical Director Dr. Bruce Freedman, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic treats areas along the forehead, brow, and around the eyes to reduce signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. It is one of the most popular cosmetic enhancements available and can yield beautiful results.
Botox is often the first treatment that comes to mind for anyone who’s looking to refresh their appearance and counteract signs of aging. This is not surprising considering that Botox is the No. 1 cosmetic treatment in the world.
The neurotoxin is also able to relieve chronic migraines, excessive sweating, teeth grinding, and a host of other health conditions.
Whether you are seeking Botox for aesthetic or therapeutic reasons, it’s important to be well-prepared for the procedure and know what to expect.
Continue reading to learn all about Botox, including how it works, treatment indications, results, and possible side effects.
Botox is an FDA-approved neurotoxin treatment that’s derived from Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When injected into muscles and glands, it produces a temporary paralytic effect, for a variety of cosmetic and therapeutic benefits.
Best-known for its ability to relax facial wrinkles and lines, Botox is consistently rated the No. 1 cosmetic treatment worldwide, with approximately six million treatments performed each year.
As a neuromodulator, Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine to prevent communication between nerves and muscles. In doing so, it inhibits contraction of targeted muscles and prevents them from wrinkling skin above. This relaxes wrinkles and lines to smooth skin and refresh one’s appearance.
The same mechanism of action can also be applied to alleviate a number of muscular disorders and associated symptoms.
Neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are designed to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles and combat signs of aging. Accordingly, Botox cosmetic is often used to treat:
At the same time, Botox has over 20 medical uses, including:
Botox is a noninvasive in-office treatment that should be performed by a qualified and experienced injector. Injections usually take 15-30 minutes, and most patients find the process to be quick and virtually painless.
During the procedure, individuals are asked to activate the targeted muscles by making a facial expression. Based on muscle movement and strength, the injector strategically administers Botox as a series of small injections. An ultra-fine needle is used to limit discomfort, resulting in a slight pricking sensation.
Post-treatment, patients are free to go about their day as they normally would, without any downtime.
In most cases, Botox results become visible in three-to-five days. Patients will be pleased to note the gradual softening of wrinkles and lines and that they look like refreshed and well-rested versions of themselves.
In order to achieve natural-looking results such as these, be sure to seek a skilled and experienced provider with an artistic eye.
While Botox provides consistent and predictable outcomes, its results are temporary.
Depending on the area and reason for treatment, effects usually last four-to-six months. After this time, patients will need to undergo additional injections in order to maintain Botox benefits.
It’s also worth noting that Botox can train muscles away from undesirable movements. This often means that, over time, patients will need fewer treatments to preserve Botox effects.
Botox was first approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and has a proven track record as a safe and effective treatment. With that being said, it is not 100 percent risk-free, and patients should be aware of any and all possible risks and side effects.
Botox side effects are usually mild and temporary and may include redness and pain at the injection site.
More serious complications can include:
If you are considering Botox, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented injectors.