BOTOX® Cosmetic, produced by Allergan, Inc., is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. For over a decade ophthalmologists have applied BOTOX® treatments for its original intention, the treatment of blepharospasm. Over the last several years, physicians have utilized BOTOX® Cosmetic as a treatment to correct the visible signs of stress and aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic may also be used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating of the axillary (underarms), palms of hands, and soles of feet. The dermatology specialists at the Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville are experts in all applications of Botox injections for cosmetic uses.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® simply prevents the muscle from allowing responses to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.

What are these anti-wrinkle treatments like?

With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment for wrinkles is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pinprick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following an anti-wrinkle treatment, you may resume regular activities!

How long does a wrinkle removal treatment last?

The effects usually last 3 to 6 months and fade away gradually. BOTOX® injection treatments offer extended relief over the course of long-term treatment.

Are there any possible side effects from the injection?

Side effects of BOTOX® treatments, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxins contain proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, notify us at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN so we may begin appropriate therapy.

What type of results will I see?

Typically, the effect of a BOTOX® wrinkle reduction treatment is visible within 3 days. Maximum wrinkle reduction treatment benefits are reached between 7 to 14 days. Once the muscle becomes dormant and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance. BOTOX® injection treatments are often used in conjunction with other procedures performed at The Laser & Rejuvenation Center and Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN. This includes IPL skin photo-rejuvenation and the use of injectable fillers for wrinkle correction. Dr. Gold and his staff will determine how best to utilize BOTOX® treatments for each and every client. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment for wrinkle reduction treatments!

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