BOTOX® Cosmetic helps Naples and Fort Myers women and men look their very best without cosmetic surgery. In fact, it has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country. Together with Brandie, his physician assistant, Dr. Hasen has increased his use of BOTOX year after year, becoming a Gold Level Network Provider in 2007.
What is BOTOX Cosmetic?
It is a natural, purified protein which in very low doses relaxes the overactive muscles that cause frown lines to form. BOTOX Cosmetic is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, nature's most potent blocker of nerve impulses. BOTOX is difficult to manufacture and at the present time there is no generic substitute.
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How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX Cosmetic partially blocks the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. This causes the muscles that are related to expression to relax. After the solution takes effect, the overlying skin will be smooth and unwrinkled.
Is BOTOX safe?
Yes. BOTOX, which has been used safely to treat a variety of conditions for more than ten years, is FDA approved for the temporary treatment of frown lines in people age 18 to 65.
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What areas can be treated?
For our Fort Myers and Naples patients, BOTOX injections are primarily used in the upper third of the face. Forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and lines around the eyes ("crow's feet") respond favorably to BOTOX. Frown lines around the mouth, chin creases and neck bands may also be improved with a BOTOX injection, but response here varies among individuals.
What is a BOTOX treatment like?
This is a simple and safe procedure. Dr. Hasen or Brandie uses a tiny needle to cause minimal sensation and discomfort. The small needle also allows for greater precision in delivery of BOTOX to the specified facial area. We apply topical anesthetic cream prior to the treatment to lessen the discomfort. Most patients remark that there is minimal pain, comparing the sensation to a bug bite. You can resume normal activities immediately. BOTOX generally takes three to seven days to take full effect.
How long does it last?
Between three to six months, after which the lines gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance if no further injections are given.
Will it radically change my appearance?
No. You should expect a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your frown lines. Overall, you'll look more relaxed and refreshed but not like "you've had work done." For more substantial improvements, you may want to consider a face lift in Naples.
Will it make me lose expression?
No. The only expression you will lose is the unintentional frown caused by the overactive muscles between your brows.
Are there any side effects?
Temporary bruising of the injection site is the most common side effect. In some cases, BOTOX can migrate to the wrong muscle causing drooping of the eyelid or unevenness of the brows. With skilled technique and knowledge of the face and underlying muscles the chances of this are reduced to about 1%. Because the effects of BOTOX are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary.