Forehead frown lines and “crows feet” wrinkles around the eyes are due, in large part, to overactivity of facial muscles. Many people smile, frown, squint, or raise their eyebrows while they are talking or concentrating, often without realizing they are over-activating their facial muscles. The constant use of the muscles of facial expression can lead to deep creases and wrinkles. By allowing these over-used muscles to rest, Botox / Xeomin treatments can significantly reduce or eliminate these creases and wrinkles.
Botox / Xeomin are highly purified solutions of a motor nerve blocking agent.
The purpose of Botox / Xeomin treatmentsare to relax the facial muscles causing the wrinkling of the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. By carefully injecting small amounts of Botox / Xeomin directly into the overacting facial muscles, a temporary relaxation of the muscle and a reduction of facial wrinkles is achieved.
Botox / Xeomin treatments do not require anesthesia; however, a cold compress may be used to numb the area before injection. There is very little discomfort from the fine needle stick and only occasional temporary redness and discoloration which are easily covered with makeup.
A complete facial analasys will determine if you will benefit from Botox / Xeomin treatments. Since it can only treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction, lines and wrinkles caused by loose excess skin may require other treatments. Excess skin around the eyes may require blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) to reverse the signs of aging.
Treatments only take a few minutes and normal activity can be resumed immediately. Results take 2-7 days to take effect and usually last for 3 to 6 months. During this time muscle activity will gradually return and additional treatments may be needed to maintain the effect. For some patients, after two or three treatments prolonged muscle relaxation may result so treatments can last up to a year.
Although Botox / Xeomin have a long history of clinical use and an excellent safety record, there are certain simple precautions that should be taken after treatment.
First, do not massage or manipulate the treatment area for 3 to 4 hours. This will keep it in the desired location.
Second, you should remain upright for 3 to 4 hours and avoid lying down. This will prevent it from moving into other facial muscles.
Third, try to use the affected muscles as much as possible for 3 to 4 hours, by frowning and squinting. This will help it reach the nerve connections and speed up its effect.
Occasionally there may be slight swelling or bruising in the treated areas. This can be covered with makeup. However, if you notice significant swelling or soreness then please call the office. Usually ice packs and Tylenol® are the only treatments necessary after.
We are proud to offer our patients the eyelash treatment to enhance the length and appearance of your lashes. LATISSE solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis, and is used to grow eyelashes, making each eyelash longer, thicker and darker. Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or too few eyelashes. Latisse is a daily eyelash solution you apply each evening to the base of your upper eyelashes. LATISSE users begin to see eyelash growth at 4 weeks with full results after 16 weeks. The most common side effects after using LATISSE are itching sensation in the eyes and/or redness.