Botox® injection is a revolutionary skin care wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow's feet around the eyes. It is not surgery and similar to collagen injections. There is no chance of scarring. It is safe, and you can resume all your activities immediately after treatment.
Botox® is a protein that weakens and inactivates muscles that wrinkle the skin. Initially used back in 1973 to relax overactive eye muscles that cause "crossed eyes" and facial tics, Botox® has since gained popularity to treat a number of muscular diseases and for use as a cosmetic agent. When Botox® is injected in extremely small doses directly into a specific muscle, it blocks the signals from the brain from reaching the muscle. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions soften and often disappear.
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Botox®, when used in these extremely small doses has a high level of safety. Since Botox® proteins are only attracted to muscles, it has no effect on the central nervous system or on the body if injected into a nerve or a blood vessel. And because of the muscle's ability to repair itself through the formation of new muscle fibers, complete recovery is possible.
Ask the Doctors at Schein Ernst Mishra Eye to determine if you are a candidate for Botox® injection. Since every individual is unique and has special needs, a personal consultation will be necessary. Together, you and your doctor will determine the number and regularity of treatments best for you. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not candidates for this procedure. Additionally, patients with certain neuromuscular diseases or patients taking certain medications may not be suitable candidates. It is important that you disclose all relevant medical information to your doctor during the consultation.
Botox® injection can be performed in an examination room environment. The number of injections depends on the amount of area being treated. Because of the use of a micro-needle and extremely small amounts of liquid, any stinging sensation is minimal and subsides quickly. Ice compresses may also be used before and after treatment to minimize discomfort.
Side-effects of Botox® injection are minimal. Because the protein does not affect the nerves, there is no numbness in the the area of the injections and muscles related to other facial expressions are rarely affected. One or two patients in every hundred may experience a temporary drooping in the eyelid but this usually goes away in a week or two. Slight bruising can also occur around the injection sites, which can usually be covered with make-up. Some patients may also experience a mild headache for a while.
The effects of the initial injections are not seen for three or four days and will not be complete for about two weeks. Repeat injections may be recommended every three or four months during the first year to keep the muscles blocked and allow the skin to smooth out. After the first set of treatments, you will need to return only when you notice a return in muscle movement which may not occur for 7 months or more. As these muscles are inactive over time, patients are often broken of the bad frowning habits, which further prolongs the effect.
Hundreds of thousands of men and woman have already experienced the rejuvenating effects of Botox® injection. If you are in good health, have good skin tone and realistic expectations, Botox® injection may be your answer to a more youthful and healthy appearance.
If you would like a consultation or have questions, please call Schein Ernst Mishra Eye at 1-800-347-5274.