What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable product primarily used to relax wrinkles on various areas of the face. Millions of people get BOTOX® for wrinkles each year and have been doing so since the early 2000s! An experienced injector provides precisely administered BOTOX® to create the look you want, with no downtime and lasting results.

A Skin-Smoothing, Wrinkle-Relaxing Injectable

BOTOX® Cosmetic is composed of botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin that is rendered safe and effective for intramuscular administration. When injected into a specific location in the muscle, BOTOX® temporarily halts the movement of the muscle so that the skin remains smooth and free of creases. Normally, when you furrow your brow or make a facial expression, the muscle contracts, which causes the skin to fold. The result is lines on your face that, over time, may leave a permanent crease even once you relax your facial muscles.

BOTOX® Cosmetic stops the muscle activity but also retains your natural expressiveness. You can expect smoother skin without an artificial or “overdone” look.

The most popular treatment areas for BOTOX® Cosmetic are:

  • Glabellar lines (the vertical “11s,” also called frown lines, between your eyebrows)
    Horizontal forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet wrinkles at the outer corners of your eyes
  • Bunny lines around the nose
  • So-called “smoker’s lines” around the lips (they happen to non-smokers as well)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

It’s important to choose an injector who knows what they are doing and understands the musculature of the face. It’s fair to ask about their experience, credentials, training, and how often they perform injections as you choose a BOTOX® provider.

What to Expect From the BOTOX® Cosmetic Process

The treatment process is convenient and straightforward. You’ll be able to get back to your day right away.

BOTOX® is administered with very fine, narrow needles. You may feel a pinch for a moment as the needle is inserted. Topical anesthetic or ice may be used to numb the area first. We’ll administer a series of injections in the treatment area and then your appointment will be done. The injections themselves typically require 10 minutes or less to complete.

You may experience redness, bruising, swelling, and soreness at the injection site. These temporary side effects are usually mild and dissipate in the hours following your appointment. You should avoid lying down for a few hours to prevent the product from spreading. Don’t rub the area for at least 12 hours. Other than that, you can get back to your normal activities immediately.

BOTOX® Cosmetic requires several days to begin working. You should see initial results within the first week, with the best results apparent within two weeks. The results last three to four months before they begin to fade. Maintenance appointments can be scheduled to keep the skin-smoothing effect active.

Take the Next Step to Smooth, Refreshed Skin

Call an experienced BOTOX® Cosmetic provider like Dr. Howard Sobel of Sobel Skin in NYC today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Howard Sobel will discuss your goals with you, examine your face, and help you decide if BOTOX® or another option will work for you.

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