If you want to get rid of unsightly facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, or frown lines, you’re not alone. In 2018, more than 7.4 million Americans treated those conditions with injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A, known by the brand name BOTOX® Cosmetic, making it the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the country.
At Smith Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Smith is proud to offer BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. Dr. Smith is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is one of Minnesota’s most experienced cosmetic physicians. He is dedicated to ensuring your treatment is comfortable, safe, and gives you the results you want. Dr. Smith serves Edina, Richfield, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas of Minnesota. Call (952) 922-0895
today to schedule a consultation.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator, which means it affects the way your nerves interact with other areas of your body. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been around and used for treatments for many years. The FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002.
Certain facial wrinkles and lines are caused by the repeated contractions that your facial muscles make every day. Over time, those contractions can cause wrinkles and lines to appear and persist. Your muscles contract when your nerves release a chemical called acetylcholine at the junction where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells.
BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks your nerves from releasing acetylcholine. So, your brain still sends signals to your nerves that tell your muscles to contract, but BOTOX® Cosmetic prevents that from happening. That makes your muscles relax, and it gets rid of those unwanted wrinkles.
What Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is effective at treating many cosmetic facial conditions, including:
• Lines between the eyebrows
• Frown lines
• Forehead lines
• Crow’s feet
• Brow lines
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
Yes, it’s safe. It is the purified, protein derivative of the C. botulinum toxin. It is mixed with saline before it’s injected and is administered in tiny amounts that are regulated at concentration levels far below anything that could be harmful.
Of course, any medical procedure can be risky in the hands of an amateur. However, Dr. Smith is an experienced cosmetic physician who has performed countless BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. His expertise will ensure your injections are as safe and effective as possible to help deliver the results you want.
How Long do BOTOX® Cosmetic Results Last?
Unfortunately, BOTOX® Cosmetic is not permanent. Treatment results typically last between 4 and 6 months. At that point, you’ll need another injection to sustain your outcome.
The good news is that BOTOX® Cosmetic results are compounding. That is, every time you receive an injection, your wrinkles will come back less pronounced than before. The more treatments you receive, the more your results will last.
Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Have a Recovery Period?
There is no recovery period associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure. It involves no anesthesia, sutures, or stitches. There is generally no downtime, and you should be able to resume your daily routine immediately after the procedure.
Schedule Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Consultation Today
Dr. Smith is dedicated to helping his patients look, and feel, younger. He serves Edina, Richfield, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas of Minnesota. Call (952) 922-0895
today to schedule a consultation.