Reduce Your Frown and Age Lines
As we age, our faces begin to show wrinkles and fine lines between the eyebrow, on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. Most of these “age lines” are caused by excessive contraction of muscles used in facial expressions.
Botox® and Dysport are used to treat expression lines such as frown lines, crow’s feet, squint lines, lines along the bridge of the nose and downturned corners of the mouth.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin block nerve impulses. When injected into a muscle, they prevent the muscle from being activated and able to contract. Once the muscles are at rest, the skin becomes smoother, giving your face a more relaxed appearance.
The procedure is performed in-office and typically takes only 5-10 minutes. Effects typically last about four months, so the treatment is usually repeated about two to three times per year to maintain results.
Most patients notice considerable improvement in their age lines soon after the appointment. Botox usually takes a week or so to reach full effect, while Dysport may work a little sooner.
Most anyone interested in minimizing and eliminating unwanted, age related, expression lines is a candidate for Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Exceptions include patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those allergic to albumin or Botox. Patients with neurological conditions are not generally recommended for treatment.
If you believe you may be a good candidate for Botox or Dysport, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Zimmet will review your medical history and go over your treatment goals.
What do I do before and after a Botox treatment?
Aspirin or ibuprofen-like medications may increase the chance for bruising. Consider avoiding them for 1 week before and after treatment. We suggest you avoid working out, lying down and massaging the treated area for 1 hour after treatment. It may also be helpful to contract the muscles we injected four or five times over the first hour.
What are the side effects?
Botox has been used for over many years, in thousands of patients, and has an excellent safety record. As with any treatment, however, side effects can occur. Reported side effects have included bruising, swelling and transient headache. Ptosis, a drooping of the eyelid and/or eyebrow, occurs in 1-2 percent of patients and generally resolves within 2 weeks. Occasionally patients may observe more effect on one side than another, causing an asymmetrical appearance.
If you notice any abnormal changes after treatment, contact our office immediately.
Please call us today at (512) 402-6694 if you have questions or would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Zimmet.