BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the effects of facial wrinkles. Crows feet, worry lines, and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines, and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic into the tiny facial muscles that create wrinkles.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can be performed without anesthesia; there is minimal discomfort. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. However, for improved comfort, local anesthesia can be used to numb the area before the BOTOX® is injected. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. However, research has suggested that long-term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect.
Patients over the age of 65 may not experience such dramatic results. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After the operation, patients may experience slight bruising around the area, which quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or, in rare cases, an eyelid may droop. BOTOX® Cosmetic is completely reversible, so any side effect is only a temporary condition.