BOTOX® Cosmetic, or OnabotulinumtoxinA, is a naturally occurring protein that blocks muscle function commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines or rejuvenate and shape the eyes, brow, face, and neck. It is exceptionally safe, injected millions of times a year with almost no problems when properly used. It was, in fact, developed for use in children with eye muscle spasm and used for that purpose for many years until its cosmetic uses were discovered. It is injected into the muscles causing wrinkles or cosmetic problems in the face to reverse these problems. BOTOX® injections block nerve impulses, weakening the muscles to relax them and give the face the desired rejuvenated look.
Using a very fine needle, Dr. Buchanan injects Botox® Cosmetic directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines or lowering the lips or brows. We do the procedure in a Spa environment and use topical numbing for the injections to reduce discomfort. Each injection usually lasts 3-6 months. When repeated several times each time before muscle function recovers over about 1 – 1 ½ years, allowing the muscle to atrophy, you may be able thereafter to go a year or so between injections. It does not, however, reduce or eliminate lines that are etched in the skin. To treat these, we use Botox® to eliminate the muscle contraction responsible for creating the lines and a filler to reduce or eliminate larger lines or Tretinoin (Retin-A) and ELASTIderm® for smaller lines. Both are necessary to accomplish rejuvenation of etched lines.
Knowledge of facial anatomy from surgical modification of the facial structures is exceptionally helpful in determining how best to achieve your goals for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Buchanan has been using Botox® since it was first described for cosmetic use, many years before it was approved by the FDA for such use.
BOTOX® may also be useful for reducing or eliminating migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.
Contact Dr. Buchanan today as BOTOX® Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.