BOTOX ® Cosmetic or simple Botox is a non surgical way of treating wrinkles on the face like the ones between your eyes or the forehead and the ‘crow’s feet’. Botulinum Toxin or Botox weakens the muscles of the facial expression. Once this happens, the pull of that muscle is relaxed and this flattens the overlying skin. Most of the other local treatments for an aging face work by filling in the depression or wrinkle like Collagen, Silicone, Alloderm or Softform. For the upper third of the face, however, these fillers are not as effective as Botox. When the muscles are physiologically weakened, the wrinkles lessen naturally.

How is Botox Cosmetic Performed?

Botox is freshly prepared on the day of the injection. Once this is injected into the small muscles at the corners of the eyes, in the forehead or in between the brows; it paralyzes those specific muscles and improves the appearance of the wrinkles. This paralyzing of the muscles, however, is temporary and you need to be re-injected within a period of 3 to 10 months. Alternative treatments would include an injection of free fat or collagen or a brow lift for a surgical excision of muscles. It is very rare to see a complication with Botox but it could include paralysis of a nearby muscle resulting in loss of function even though temporary (for instance a drooping eyelid).

Any risks or individual suitability of Botox must be discussed directly with your physician during consultation. Even though all surgical procedures carry a slight degree of risk, any major complications are not foreseen during Botox. Any minor complications that may arise do not hamper the end result of your surgery.

If you are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic or have any questions for Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Soler, call us at 813.878.9889 or use our online contact form.

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