What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
Botox is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox injections have the ability to relax the muscles reducing contractions that cause wrinkles, giving the face a rejuvenated younger look. It takes just a few minutes and can last up to 3-6 months.
Cosmo Med Spa assures our clients that we only work with licensed and trained healthcare professionals and only they have the experience and medical requirements necessary to administer Botox Cosmetic.
A consultation will be required prior to treatment. It is important to have a thorough consultation with our Medical Aesthetic Specialist to determine the safest and most efficacious dosage for each individual. A skilled and experienced professional will assess your unique facial anatomy and characteristics to determine the correct dosage amount and technique. The goal is to enhance your features while creating balance and symmetry; therefore, countering or reversing the signs of aging and effects of gravity.
Average cost: $125 to $400 per treatment area
What Botox does
Botox is administered to reduce dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles that form with movement of the muscles of expression. Over time, dynamic wrinkles may become static or wrinkles which are etched in and visible without any movement of facial muscles. Other contributing factors such as cigarette smoking and sun exposure can worsen the appearance of these lines. Botox is supplied in a vial of 100 units that the injector must dilute with saline. The number of units of botox injected will depend on the dilution and injected volume.
For over 16 years, Botox (botulinum toxin type A) has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions and it is approved in more than 75 countries. Botox is used in many other locations on the body for relaxation of muscles, such as the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face and neck. Botox is also utilized for the treatment of migraines, muscle spasms, amd swallowing disorders. Botox therapeutic use remains one of the most widely researched medicines in the world.
How Botox works
Lines and wwrinkles on the face and body form over time. Movement of brow muscles (corrugator and procerus muscles) causes the skin to crease. Skin becomes less elastic over time; repeated frowning created lines and wrinkles between the brows, known in clinical terms as glabellar lines.
Botox smoothes the muscles by blocking nerve impulses. With a few tiny injections, Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that causes muscles to contract. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out and the lines begin to fade. A 2005 survey found most patients were satisfied with the results of their Botox cosmetic treatments. Approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox is the most popular of all physician-administered cosmetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical combined.
Who and what can be treated with Botox
Botox is approved by the FDA for treating moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, known as glabellar lines. Botox therapeutic injections are used for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with corrugator and or procerus muscle activity in patients 18 to 65 years of age. It can also be used to reduce dynamic lines on almost any part of the body.
Who should not get Botox
Botox is not right for everyone. People who are hypersensitive to Botox or any of its components, including albumin, should not use Botox. Botox should not be injected at any site where there is active infection. Caution should be exercised in patients with existing neuromuscular problems such as Myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lambert-Eaton syndrome and multiple sclerosis to name a few. Botox should be avoided in pregnant and nursing women. In general, Botox is not recommended for those over the age of 65.