The eyes are the windows to the soul and can reveal a lot about a person, especially their age and mood. Having beautiful, youthful eyes is important; this is why individuals who have wrinkles, fine lines, and creases around the eyes do not feel as young and fresh as they want to. Dr. Shah offers BOTOX® Cosmetic to diminish the appearance of wrinkles in the upper face and restore a rejuvenated appearance for his patients. BOTOX® Cosmetic contains botulinum toxin type A, which weakens the muscles that cause wrinkles. Restricting the facial muscles allows the wrinkles and fine lines to soften and smooth out.
What Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Entail?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick procedure that can be performed in-office, and it can usually be completed in the same amount of time as the average lunch hour. Dr. Shah will create an individualized injection pattern based on the patient's unique needs and facial structure. He will administer the BOTOX® Cosmetic injections in the targeted muscle(s) with a very thin needle.
Immediately following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, the patient can return to normal activities. The procedure does not require any downtime or recovery. However, it is important that patients avoid touching or rubbing the face; this can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to other areas and cause temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Since BOTOX® Cosmetic is a minimally invasive injectable, it does not involve any scarring. However, patients can experience slight bleeding and bruising at the injection sites that will resolve shortly after the treatment.
The cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic will depend on the extent of correction needed and how many injections are required to achieve the desired results. The number of injections will depend on a person’s facial features and the extent of their wrinkles.
There is minimal pain; patients may experience some minor discomfort when the injections are being administered.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment Areas
Horizontal Lines Across the Forehead
A surprise, the sun in our eyes, and other causes of forehead and eyebrow movement can lead to deep lines and wrinkles across the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic inhibits the movement of the muscles in this area to give you smooth, youthful skin above the eyebrows.
Vertical Furrows Between the Brows
Deep furrows between the eyebrows can result from squinting and the physical manifestation of anger, frustration, and many other emotions. BOTOX® Cosmetic softens these expression lines as it works to prevent the muscles from contracting and causing the furrows.
Due to aging, it isn’t uncommon to have annoying wrinkles branching out from the corners of the eyes that resemble a bird’s foot. BOTOX® Cosmetic effectively treats crow’s feet to provide a fresher and younger-looking appearance around the eyes. A person can smile happily knowing these wrinkles will no longer perk up every time their eyes want to express an emotion.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic
Someone who like to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead lines, and vertical furrows between the brows may be a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. During your consultation, Dr. Shah can assess your facial anatomy and help determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
Patients will notice results three to five days after treatment. The duration of results will vary among patients; the majority of patients enjoy their BOTOX® Cosmetic results for three to four months, but some patients experience longer-lasting results.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also target “bunny lines,” wrinkles on the nose which are caused by the constricting of the underlying nasalis muscle. An injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic can help to smooth these lines out. Also, in cases of minimal eyebrow sagging caused by muscles that depress the brows, BOTOX® Cosmetic be used to provide a slight brow lift.
XEOMIN® and Dysport® are other injectables offered by Dr. Shah, and both contain botulinum toxin and provide results similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic.
No; BOTOX® Cosmetic only works well on the upper third of the face and on wrinkles caused by underlying muscle contractions. Dr. Shah uses facial fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® for lip augmentation.