Botox, a powerful neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles, medically treats a range of problems, including overactive bladders, headaches, and stiff muscles, though it’s widely used as a cosmetic procedure. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox to temporarily treat moderate frown lines and wrinkles.
Botox improves the appearance of sagging skin, wrinkles, stretch marks, crows' feet, and smile lines without surgery. Botox injections last for 4-6 months but patients can get touch ups to maintain results.
Botox works by blocking where the nerve and muscle communicates, causing a temporary muscle paralysis that lasts up to 4-6 months. This temporary paralysis relaxes the muscles, and wrinkles diminish. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of those surveyed rated the improvement of frown lines between the brows as moderate to better 1 month after treatment.
First, Dr. El Asmar determines the treatment areas and patient expectations, depending on their wrinkles and ability to move certain muscles. He also goes over some basic health information, including allergies and conditions that might disqualify you as a candidate.
The procedure takes around 10-15 minutes, is relatively painless, and requires no downtime. Some common side effects include temporary eyelid droop, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and minor bruising or bleeding.
Patients report noticing results within 7-10 days, and lines continue to improve for up to a month. Results usually last between 4-6 months. Though results are visible, your facial appearance won’t radically change or look like "you had work done". Past clients reported that friends comment that they look “more rested” and youthful. If you’d like to improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. El Asmar at Vermont Med Spa. The practice is currently welcoming new patients.
Botox has been used for wrinkle therapies for many years, with no serious side effects documented. If you’re interested in our BOTOX® treatment, or would like to learn more about Botox, please call the office or book an appointment online.