BOTOX® injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S. today. In fact, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 alone nearly 6.7 million injections of either BOTOX® or the similar product Dysport® were performed, making these injections the top cosmetic procedure in the U.S. – and by a huge margin. (The next runner-up, cosmetic fillers, came in at 2.3 million procedures.)
So why is BOTOX® so popular? Well, to begin with, it's minimally invasive, so patients can enjoy the benefits of looking younger without the need for surgery. It's also very effective in reducing or eliminating lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes and brows, which are some of the first areas to show the telltale signs of aging. All you have to do is look at the plethora of "before and after” BOTOX® images to see just how effective it can be. And BOTOX® also has a long and established safety history, so patients feel confident about using it.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a processed form of botulinum toxin A. BOTOX® uses a special formulation that's designed to target specific muscle movements in small and controlled doses.
BOTOX® was initially approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat frown lines, those deep, vertical lines between your eyebrows that can make you look like you're perpetually annoyed or worn out. Since that time, it's also gained FDA approval for crow's feet, those tiny lines that form at the outside corners of your eyes when you smile or make some other facial expressions.
How does BOTOX® work?
When you make a facial expression, your brain and the nerves in your muscles must work together. They do this by signaling back and forth to each other. When the muscle tissue is "told” to contract, it pulls on the skin, causing lines and wrinkles to form.
These creases become much more noticeable as we get older, partly because the number of facial expressions we make increases every year, and partly because our skin becomes less elastic and resilient with age.
BOTOX® works by blocking the signals that cause muscles to contract, so the skin in the treatment area doesn't become wrinkled and creased when we make expressions like smiling or frowning. These effects last about four months, after which additional injections will be necessary if you want to maintain the effect.
Is BOTOX® safe?
Yes, the cosmetic formulation of BOTOX® is very safe, and there is no risk of contracting botulism from the injections. The most important thing is to choose a BOTOX® provider who has extensive experience, like Dr. Catherine Cuite, in using the product to treat many different patients, so you can be assured you'll get the best possible results.
What happens during treatment?
BOTOX® treatments are actually pretty straightforward. The agent is carefully injected into the treatment site using a very thin needle to minimize discomfort. Most treatments take about five minutes or less. Afterward, you may have some redness or swelling which will soon disappear. And that's all there is to it.
As a leading BOTOX® center in Peoria, IL, Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center has a long history of successful BOTOX® treatments for both women and men who want to look well-rested and to feel more confident. If you'd like to learn more about BOTOX® and whether it's a good option for you, request a consultation online today or give Michelle, our Aesthetic Consultant, a call at (309) 243-3875.