Regardless of the steps taken to preserve youthful-looking skin, wrinkles and lines inevitably develop as we age. One of the easiest and most popular options for minimizing these lines is an injectable treatment called BOTOX® Cosmetic. Patients who come into our office for BOTOX® Cosmetic can achieve improvement in frown lines between the eyes and on the forehead, as well as crow’s feet around the eyes and wrinkles at the base of the nose. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2002 for the safe and effective reduction of facial wrinkles.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
Every time we frown, smile, or squint, facial muscles contract and move the skin. Over time, these repeated movements cause permanent wrinkles in the skin. To reduce these fine lines and creases, our Kansas City facial plastic surgeons, Dr. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton Humphrey, use a very small needle to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into the muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic causes these muscles to relax, thereby softening or eliminating fine lines and creases in the areas treated.
Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an effective, non-surgical technique for facial rejuvenation. A short treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can help you reduce and potentially eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and creases that create the appearance of an aging face. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can provide the following benefits:
- A more youthful, rejuvenated facial appearance
- Results that last between three to five months
- A reduction in fine lines, creases, and wrinkles caused by overactive facial muscles
- Virtually no downtime after treatment
- Quick treatment sessions lasting between 10 and 15 minutes
- Minimal discomfort during treatment
BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment
After a consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons, during which you can discuss your concerns and goals for treatment, your session can begin. Your doctor will first apply a topical anesthetic or ice to the skin to minimize any potential discomfort during injection. Next, BOTOX® Cosmetic is strategically injected into the treatment area(s) with a slender needle. Treatment sessions last approximately ten to fifteen minutes, but can vary depending on the number of areas being treated.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
After BOTOX® injections, patients often return to their normal activities immediately. The amazing effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically become visible within a few days of treatment. Results continue to last for three to five months before further treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic may be necessary. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is often combined with injections of volumizing fillers, like JUVÉDERM®, to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Contact Our Practice
If you would like to learn more about treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey.