Paul Sh. Yazbek, M.D.Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery - Face.
What Causes Frown Lines & Crow's Feet ?
Those unwanted frown lines and crow's feet are what doctors refer to as "dynamic" wrinkles, meaning that they are caused by the repetitive movement of an underlying muscle. As we age our skin is less tight, and this repetitive movement caused by squinting, worrying, etc., eventually causes our skin to crease or wrinkle.
How Does BOTOX® Reduce The Signs Of Aging?
BOTOX® is a purified form of the botulinum toxin. It is injected in miniscule amounts into the appropriate muscle causing the muscle to relax and thus diminish or eliminate the dynamic line or furrow. BOTOX® has been used for over ten years to treat ophthalmological disorders, and is fast becoming the chosen non-surgical treatment to reverse signs of aging. After treatment, a patient treated with BOTOX® can still frown and smile, but the expression wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are diminished when they do. Normal facial expression is unaffected. Correction with BOTOX® is very natural, and most patients treated feel that they have a more wide-eyed, rested and less angry look.
Despite the allure of these non-surgical therapies, tolerance for (and long-term compliance with the use of these devices can be less than optimal for many patients. The reason that patients and treating sleep physicians may desire surgical therapy then becomes apparent.
What Areas Can Be Treated With BOTOX®?
Most commonly BOTOX® is used around the eyes (crow's feet) and on the forehead (frown lines) to reduce dynamic lines and furrows. It can also be used to treat prominent neck bands or cords. Although great results are obtained on the upper face, we have also seen sucess after the treatment of upper lips, marionette lines and chin rippling. BOTOX® injections are also highly sucessful for the treatment of excess sweating of the palms, soles, and armpits.
How Long Does BOTOX® Correction Last?
BOTOX® correction lasts an average of four months. After repeated injections the results may be even longer lasting.
What Can I Expect From The Procedure?
BOTOX® treatments are merely a simple injection. Most describe the injection sensation as feeling like a bug bite. The treatment is performed literally in a matter of minutes. No specific care is needed after the treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The most common side effect of BOTOX® treatment is a temporary bruising at the injection site. This generally goes away within a couple of days, and can be covered up with makeup. In rare cases the BOTOX® can travel, causing a droop in an eyelid. The effects are completely temporary.
How Soon After Treatment Will I See Results?
The effects of BOTOX® become apparent in the first three to five days after treatment.
Is BOTOX® Safe?
Can BOTOX® Be Combined With Other Facial Rejuvenation Procedures?