Botox cosmetic is by far the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Botox is easily one of the most recognizable brands in most aesthetic practices in the last decade. In fact, 5.3 million Botox procedures were performed in 2011, which was a 5% increase over the prior year.
Botox acts by relaxing muscle tone in areas of unwanted wrinkles (rhytids). It blocks nerve impulses to specific muscle units to reduce activity and create a more youthful appearance and smoother tone to the skin. Administering Botox usually does not require any pain medications or anesthetic since the needle used to deliver the solution is very small. However, a topical numbing cream or gel is usually applied by this office to make this as comfortable as possible. The results, which generally last up to 4 months, are visible in a few days.
Botox is popular and ideal for the horizontal wrinkles of the forehead and the angry frown lines between the eyebrows. Other common areas include the “Crow’s feet” around the eyes, “bunny lines” around the nose, and the wrinkles around the mouth. Advanced techniques are also used to relieve a sad look to the corners of the mouth and to plump up thin lips. Botox has also been effective in relieving excess sweating in the armpits, muscle spasm, and in diagnosing and relieving migraines.
Talk to Dr. Vasquez, a board-certified plastic surgeon, to find out if Botox may be right for you. Trust in a plastic surgeon who is skilled not only in administering Botox properly but also has the experience with the facial muscle anatomy to provide you with the results that you desire.