In the moment it happened, it didn’t really bother you that much… Your five-year-old asked very loudly in a public place, “Mom, what are those creases in your forehead?” At first, it was actually kind of cute and got a chuckle out of everyone in line with you. But, now, days later, his words are haunting you, and you can’t help but keep checking your face in the rearview mirror, wondering, “Are my wrinkles that noticeable?”
Under the bright lights in the bathroom, you can see that the situation is worse than you initially thought. You clearly have crow’s feet around your eyes, frown lines around your mouth, and, yes, your child was definitely right, fine lines across your forehead!
Yikes, when did this all happen? No worries, with syringe or BOTOX® Cosmetic in hand, a master injector at Skin MD can help reduce the visible signs of aging.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved neurotoxin that is commonly used to relax facial muscles in men and women.
What can BOTOX® Cosmetic treat?
For men and women who are seeking a natural look, BOTOX® Cosmetic is proven to assist in smoothing the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s Feet / Laugh Lines (around your eyes)
- Lines between your eyebrows (also known as the “11’s”)
- Bunny Lines (light creases on the sides of your nose)
- Lip Borders (the “frown-y” corners of the mouth)
- Eyebrows (you can get a little lift!)
- Neck Bands (Platysmal Bands)
- Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty hands, armpits and bottom of feet!)
- Masseter Muscle (your chewing muscle)
What are the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a good choice for reducing the appearance of mild wrinkles and is often done preventatively to stop wrinkles from forming or getting deeper. Benefits include:
- Results can begin within 48 hours (full effect within 10 days)
- Lasts up to 4 months
- No Downtime
What does an injectable treatment involve?
Your treatment will be performed by either Dr. Flashner or one of our highly qualified Registered Nurse injectors. Regardless of which master injector of our medical staff performs your treatment, you can be confident that Dr. Flashner oversees every patient’s chart.
Pre-injection, your skin will be cleansed, and an ice pack applied to numb the area where the injections will be given.
You will be injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. The neurotoxins in the injectable go to work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles so that the injected muscle cannot contract, which makes the wrinkles relax and soften.
The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the specific area being treated and whether you are being treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. The injections usually take about 10 to 15 minutes. Most patients find the treatment to be virtually pain-free and report that it feels like a pinch.
Post-injection, there is little to no downtime. Some people do experience bruising or other minor local side effects, but you should be able to resume your normal daily activities right after your procedure.
What results can I expect from my neurotoxin?
For most patients, the results of your treatment will gradually take effect over the next few days following the injections, with the final result achieved within two weeks post-treatment. However, you may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines.
Our patients get excellent results and visible smoothing for lines around the eyes, mouth, forehead, and between the brows. At your Skin MD consultation, we will give you honest feedback on what we believe BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® can do for your wrinkles and to ensure proper expectations are set.
The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® should last anywhere from three to six months. Over time, the muscle action gradually returns, and the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear; however, if you continue on a consistent treatment schedule, the lines and wrinkles often appear less and less severe because the muscles are being trained to relax.
Most important, you will still look like yourself! Only now, you will not have those very noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet. Your Skin MD medical staff receives advanced training and is dedicated to providing natural appearing results.
What is the key ingredient and is it safe?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, called botulinum toxin. It is used medically in several ways:
- to treat certain muscular disorders
- to treat excessive sweating
- to treat migraines
- to treat some bladder and bowel disorders
- to cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles
Clostridium Botulinum is an organism found in the natural environment where it is mostly inactive and non-toxic. The Botulinum toxin can be safely injected in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells from reaching muscles. This effectively leaves the muscles without instructions to contract and therefore temporarily paralyzes them.
For your BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® injection, the Botulinum toxin powder has been diluted in saline (sodium chloride). It will be injected directly into neuromuscular tissue where it disrupts the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine that causes muscle cells to contract or shorten. By preventing the release of acetylcholine, botulinum toxin prevents abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become less stiff and thus relaxing your facial wrinkles and lines.
What should I be prepared to discuss in my consultation?
Please be prepared to tell us about any medical conditions, including any prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking. It’s important to let us know if you have been treated with a botulinum toxin product in the last four months and whether you experienced any allergies or side effects. We will also ask you if you have had surgery on your face or plan to do so if you have weakness in your forehead muscles, have trouble raising your eyebrows, or have drooping eyelids. We must know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or if you are nursing or plan to nurse.
In the consultation, we welcome you to ask any questions you have about the treatment process! We are happy to share more information with you about our medical expertise, our experience in the field of aesthetic medicine, and, most definitely, the incredible before-and-after pictures of other patients just like you that have received BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®.
Why Skin MD for your BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment?
More important than selecting which product will achieve your desired results, is choosing the right provider to administer your aesthetic treatment. Mistakes and bad results are almost always made by inexperienced people who are providing the treatment, not the product itself. At Skin MD, you will find a team of highly experienced Registered Nurses and aestheticians who are all under the supervision of our founder, Dr. Paul Flashner. Dr. Flasher has been a practicing physician since 1982 and a leader in non-invasive facial and body aesthetics.
At Skin MD, we will always set realistic goals so that expectations are met and hopefully exceeded. We find joy in helping our clients and we hope to become your aesthetic and skincare partner on this lifelong journey to looking, feeling, and being your best.
Book a One-On-One Consultation in Massachusetts
Your Skin MD experience begins with a one-on-one consultation where we:
- Review treatments you’ve had in the past
- Address your overall health and concerns
- Assess your skin tone, texture and laxity
- Define your aesthetic goals
- Discuss treatment solutions
- Set appropriate expectations
If it is determined that BOTOX® Cosmetic is the optimal solution for you, then all we will need to do is book your procedure; no special preparations or skincare regimens are required in advance of your treatment.
Ready to start your journey? Schedule your consult today.