BOTOX® Cosmetic, which is offered at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology in Mt. Pleasant, SC, is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles and is used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow's feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. It softens dynamic wrinkles by relaxing overactive facial muscles. It is effective between the brows, at edges of the eyes, on the nose, and forehead. It also smooths worry lines, frown lines, crow's feet, and bunny lines. This injectable improves both vertical neck wrinkles and horizontal neck bands (turkey neck).
Botox® Brow Lift - can make the eyes wider, and more open. This is an FDA approved quick, 10-minute treatment. The patient will also feel minimal discomfort.
At Sheperd Integrative Dermatology we treat the following areas: Glabella (area between brows), Forehead, Smile Lines (crow's feet), and Platysmal bands (neck).
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and moderate to severe crow’s feet in adults.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It's not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, or damage caused by free radicals. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow's feet.
BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the skin's surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow's feet to form over time.
Your doctor will inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into the muscles that cause frown lines and crow's feet lines, temporarily reducing the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.
BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of a substance called acetylcholine. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles to form.
What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
|Treatment Type||Injectables, Neurotoxins|
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Fine Lines, Wrinkles|
|Skin Type||All Skin Types|
|Size||Sold by the Unit|
Results will become apparent within 3 to 10 days. Over the next 3 to 4 months the Botox® will gradually lose its potency. Most Botox® patients choose to maintain the treatment, having 3 to 4 injections per year.
Common side effects include injection site pain, bruising, or irritation, and eyelid swelling or drooping.