Sometimes wrinkles appear so slowly we hardly notice. Sometimes, those are the wrinkles that can be quite persistent, as often they are formed by repeated facial gestures—think about frown lines, in particular, or lines above the eyebrow. However they appear, lines and wrinkles are among the most outward and apparent signs of aging. Luckily, the latest advances in cosmetics technologies mean that wrinkles can now be strategically targeted and mitigated, leaving you with a smoother, younger looking face. When it comes to Botox New Jersey based East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery boasts expertise, experience, and efficiency.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most popular cosmetic procedure performed today and is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. Originally developed to treat patients with certain muscular disorders, it is now most commonly used to treat the visual signs of aging by reducing or removing wrinkles. Proven to be the best non-surgical form of facial rejuvenation, injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes.
It’s worth pointing out that Botox® Cosmetic is not in the same class of treatments as dermal fillers or many other wrinkle treatments. While dermal fillers reduce the signs of aging by filling volume in the face created by lax skin, Botox Cosmetic® targets the wrinkles directly by paralyzing those muscles whose contractions create the wrinkles in the first place. The wrinkles disappear because the muscles are no longer contracting, meaning that the end result looks both incredibly natural and youthful.
Am I a good candidate for Botox® Treatments?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for Botox® Cosmetic:
- Excessive facial wrinkles.
- Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead.
- Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.
- A vertical “frown line” between your eyebrows.
- Other uses include: treating migraines, TMJ, platysma bands on the neck, excessive sweating of hands, feet and underarms
Botox® Cosmetic works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses and altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. Fewer muscle contractions means your wrinkles will relax, soften, and smooth out. The effects from this treatment will last for several months after which patients may choose to repeat the procedure.
Special Considerations for Botox® Cosmetic Treatments:
Because Botox® Cosmetic is a reformulation of the botulinum toxin, it’s important to identify any allergies early in the process. It’s also worth noting that Botox Cosmetic® can cause some lingering redness, so it’s vital to be prepared for that. Otherwise, Botox® Cosmetic is generally safe for a wide range of ages and weights. However, it is important that you inform your surgeon if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, as Botox Cosmetic by design lingers in the system for several months.
Procedure and Recovery
Generally you will be able to resume normal activities immediately after your Botox® Cosmetic procedure, however, following these post-procedure guidelines will greatly reduce the recovery period:
- Avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for at least 24 hours
- Avoid heavy physical exercise
- Do not use cosmetics on the treated area
Botox® injections are often referred to as a “lunch hour” procedure because of the generally short amount of time the process takes. During your consultation with the New Jersey Botox® experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, you’ll decide which wrinkles you’d like to mitigate for the greatest overall effect on your face. The injections themselves do cause some slight discomfort, but that discomfort should subside relatively soon afterward.
Botox® Cosmetic injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, and for good reason. Our patients love Botox because of its ease, its convenience and, most of all, its great results.