What is Botox®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, type A. It is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.
During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the muscles surrounding the brow area for instance; those muscles cannot “scrunch up” for a period of time. They are paralyzed. Any wrinkles in that area, often referred to as furrows or frown lines, temporarily go away. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes and no recovery time is needed.
There are 3 different brands of botulinum toxins. Botox®, Xeomin®, and Dysport®. They all work in the same way and the results are equal. We stock all 3 products and Dr. Peterson is skilled in using each one.
Where can Botox® be used?
- Frown lines in between the brows
- Around the eyes
- Nose crinkles
- Marionette lines
- Neck bands
What can I expect at my appointment?
Dr. Peterson uses a fine gauge needle to administer the Botox® injections into the facial muscles. Treatments are quick and typically take about 10-15 minutes.
What should I expect after the treatment?
You may return to your normal activities immediately after. Some slight redness may occur at the injection site and typically goes away within a few hours. The medicine takes about 7-10 days to reach its full effect and you will start noticing improvement after several days. Dr. Peterson likes to have his patients return after 1 week to check on the injected area. Sometimes, just a little more Botox® is needed to correct the area and this is done at no charge.
How long will it last?
Botox® will last 3-4 months in most people. If you stop treatment, you will return to how you looked without it.
For more information visit www.botoxcosmetic.com, www.dysportusa.com, www.xeomin.com, or contact Athena Clinic at 808-944-8551 for a free consultation. We can typically accommodate same day appointments.