Wrinkles / Botox

Wrinkles / Botox

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Tired of being told you look unhappy or tired? Small injections carefully placed by a physician can dramatically improve the furrows and wrinkles on your face. Dynamic wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet resulting from repeated facial expression can be softened by targeting the specific muscles. Botox is often used to compliment fillers such as Juvederm® to create a SoftLift™. This no downtime procedure should be administered by an experienced physician. Consultation will include discussion about whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you.

Why do I have wrinkles?
Wrinkles can be caused by constant and repetitive contraction of the fine muscles just underneath the skin (dynamic wrinkles). These wrinkles can become fixed (static wrinkles) over time due to loss of elastic collagen, sun exposure, smoking , genetics and imbalanced nutrition.

What is Botox®?
Botox® is the trade name for the prescription product that contains a highly purified protein, botulinum neuromodulator.

How does Botox® work?
Very low doses of a purified protein are injected into the small muscles that cause wrinkles. The injections relax the muscles and limit their ability to contract. The effect is a softening of dynamic and static wrinkles.

What areas can you treat with Botox®?
Most commonly treated areas are:

  • frown lines and forehead wrinkles
  • crows feet
  • lines around the mouth

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Botox® is also used to lift the brow and corners of the mouth and contour the jaw-line and neck.

Is it safe?
Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most common and well known treatments for wrinkles. Dr Copeland has had over 10 years experience with Botox® for both cosmetic and therapeutic indications. Botox® has been used by doctors for over 20 years for many conditions including excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and feet (hyperhidrosis), migraines and conditions caused by excessive muscle contraction. Twenty years of experience has shown Botox® to have a very high safety record.

When will I see treatment results? Is it permanent?
Botox® treatment will begin to work in about 4 days and continue to improve for up to 14 days. The effect gradually decreases over 3-5 months at which time lines will begin to reappear. At this point a repeat injection is all that is required to maintain the effects. One can stop treatment at any time without consequence.

Will I still be able to make natural-looking facial expressions?
Yes. Some women worry that Botox® treatments may affect their facial expressions when they laugh, smile, or frown. It is a technique-sensitive procedure. When administered by an experienced physician, it will affect only the tiny muscles being directly treated, not the surrounding muscles.

Are there any side effects to treatment?
In general, side effects occur within the first few days following injection and are not permanent. Although rare and temporary, it is possible to experience headaches, a drooping eyelid, bruising and skin redness. You should not have Botox® if you are allergic to any of its components, including albumin, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

How long does a treatment take?
A treatment is quick; it usually takes just 10 to 15 minutes.

Will there be any downtime after treatment?
After treatment, you can generally go right back to your normal activities.