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What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® is the brand name for botulinum toxin A, a theraputic protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium which reduces wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscle. The most common area of treatment is frown lines of the brow and forehead, though it is also used around the eyes and lips.
Botox® works by temporarily reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Several tiny Botox® injections are administered directly into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Your health care provider will determine where those muscles are located.
The Greenspring Botox® Advantage
Dr. Cadoux has developed special micro-injection techniques that delivers full strength Botox® more accurately within the desired areas. This reduces the amount of unwanted diffusion, resulting in a more precise effect. For those who desire it, nerve blocks, potent topical anesthetics, and/or icing are available.
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Botox® also has many medical uses that go beyond cosmetics. Dr.Cadoux has been practicing these medical techniques in Tucson safely for more than twenty years.
Is Botox® safe?
Botox® is safe and has very few side effects. Rare side effects include headache, flu symptoms and temporary eyelid droop.
Will there be any downtime?
You may resume normal activities immediately. Vigorous exercise or laying flat may be restricted for a few hours following treatment. Many clients undergo Botox® during their lunch break and return to work after treatment.
What are the benefits of Botox®?
Botox® has no downtime as opposed to other wrinkle reducing methods. Also, following treatment there is little to no pain or discomfort. Results can be seen after only one session.
How long does a Botox® treatment take?
A Botox® treatment takes only a short period of time, depending on how many areas are being injected and the size of the treated areas.
How does the treatment feel?
The only pain or discomfort is a slight pin-prick sensation from the small needle injecting the Botox®. If necessary, ice or a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment.
How long do results last?
Results of Botox® vary and can last up to four months. Generally, most people can expect three months of improvement. Treatments are offered every few months for maintenance.
Who are candidates for Botox®?
Candidates for Botox® injections are age eighteen to sixty-five and interested in improving the appearance of their face. Many candidates are seeking relief from wrinkles and brow furrows.
Who should avoid Botox®?
Do not use Botox® if you have an infection where the Botox® will be injected, are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox® or are pregnant. Some conditions may increase the chance of infection, so a doctor should be advised of your medical history before receiving Botox®.
What are the alternative treatments?
An alternative treatment to Botox® is skin resurfacing, which includes many types of laser therapies and chemical peels. These procedures can be uncomfortable and may have a longer recovery time than Botox®. Other alternatives include surgery such as a brow lift.
Is additional treatment necessary?
Generally, after three to four months, the Botox® effects will begin to fade and facial features will gradually return to their former state. Maintenance treatments are necessary to keep the effect of Botox® for long periods of time.
What are the limitations of Botox®?
The limitation of Botox® is that it is not a permanent answer to reducing wrinkles. Also, results vary and occasional problems with asymmetry may occur.
Who provides the Botox® treatments?
All Botox® treatments are provided by highly trained RN’s or our physicians, Dr.Cadoux and Dr. Chin.