The movement of the muscles, which in turn animate our appearance, causes most of the wrinkles in our faces. Botulinum toxin (under trade names Botox® Dysport®, and Xeomin®) is a medicine used to relax the muscles that create these wrinkles. It can be used elsewhere in the face, but it most commonly used in the upper one-third of the face. It can be used by itself, but is often used in combination with other treatments.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator (muscle relaxing agent) used to reduce and eliminate facial lines of expression. The injection of Botox® Cosmetic is both a science and an art, and when choosing a physician for your Botox® treatment we suggest you consider the credentials of the injector as top priority. At River Region Facial Plastics we are board-certified in the face, head, and neck, and are highly qualified to give you safe and beautifying results. At River Region Facial Plastics we combine years of experience in providing advanced Botox® Cosmetic treatments to our patients.
Facial lines and wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial expressions, such as grimacing, squinting and smiling. These repetitive movements cause our faces to repeatedly contract; while as we age, the elasticity in our skin decreases. This results in lines and wrinkles appearing on our faces, even at rest. For both men and women, the typical areas where lines and wrinkles appear first are worry lines across the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.
Botox® Cosmetic is safe, effective and temporary. In 2013, 3,766,148 neuromodulator injections were safely given in the United States alone. The body will metabolize the toxin and movement will return. However, with continued use of the product, a noticeable reduction in existing wrinkles will happen. We recommend retreating with Botox® Cosmetic every 4 to 6 months. Botox® Cosmetic reduces the activity in the muscles, which prevents the skin from wrinkling and creasing. The result of Botox® Cosmetic is therefore a smoothing affect. Botox® Cosmetic, when administered correctly, does not paralyze the facial muscles or keep patients from expressing themselves. Botox® Cosmetic simply softens and rebalances facial movements that have become habitual and repetitive over the years. This results in a more youthful, relaxed, and vibrant appearance.
Dr. Cawthon performs all of our botulinum toxin injections. To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Botox® Cosmetic, or any other facial rejuvenation procedure, please call 334-834-7221 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you. You should also read our BTX Information Sheet (PDF).