Skin Conditions Treated
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead creases
- Brow shaping (Botox injections can be used to alter the shape of the eyebrows to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance).
- Brow elevation (lift)
- Correction of eyebrow asymmetry (to elevate the lower eyebrow to the same level as the higher eyebrow)
- Elevation of the corners of the mouth
- Upper/lower lip creases
- Marionette lines, “drool grooves”
- Lip lengthening to correct gummy smile
- Chin softening (peach pit chin and excessive cleft)
- To improve the appearance of new and old facial scars
- Horizontal “necklace” creases
- Vertical neckbands (turkey neck)
- Wrinkling of the central mid chest (décolleté).
About the treatment
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, known as Botox®, is a purified protein injectable filler that is FDA-approved for the temporary treatment of frown lines. This simple, non-surgical injection is also commonly used to temporarily reduce or eliminate forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck.
The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have suggested that botulinum toxin can also be effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
Why Choose Us?
When considering Botox®, always look for a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with specialized training and significant experience. For the best results, choose a cosmetic surgeon who is affiliated with a major medical center, such as Cleveland Clinic.
Make sure to ask your cosmetic surgeon about his or her credentials, training and how many procedures he or she has performed.
How does Botox work?
Botox® is injected directly into the muscle that causes dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear temporarily when a muscle contracts, such as smiling or frowning). A very small needle is used to minimize discomfort causing the injection to feel like a small prick with a little stinging. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes. Since the procedure is non-surgical, no recovery time is needed, and patients can return to work or other activities immediately. Typically, Botox® injections need to be repeated every three to four months.
Are there different types of Botox treatments?
Yes. Botox® Cosmetic (Allergan), Botox® (Allergan) and Dysport® (Ipsen) are both derived from botulinum toxin Type A. Myobloc® (Solstice Neurosciences) is derived from botulinum Type B. The Botox® product is the only one of its type with over 10 years of success in treating patients with a variety of conditions. Botox®Cosmetic has a dosing specific for the treatment of frown lines.
Is Botox® safe?
Yes. Very. According to both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and its sister organization, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox® is extremely safe. More than one million people have received Botox® injections. Year after year, Botox ranks number one among nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among both men and women.
Complications from Botox® are rare; the most common side effects include:
- Bruising and numbness at the injection site
- Temporary eyelid droop (“ptosis”)
Dysport injections have been used safely and effectively for over 15 years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurologic disorders.
The most common side effects of Dysport include:
- Temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site
- Slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment
- Temporary eyelid droop (“ptosis”).