Botox® blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Cosmetic denervation with Botox® is a simple and safe procedure. Utilizing a tiny micro needle, a very small amount of Botox® is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is utilized, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. No addition of anesthetic is required and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office. Some patients experience a slight, temporary bruising at the injection site. This can be covered with makeup.
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, the toxin can migrate and cause the temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Your physician or the Nurse Practitioner will discuss this with you in length before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox® are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, lasting only a few weeks.