Are you annoyed because people keep telling you that you look old, tired, or angry? BOTOX ® Cosmetic can help restore your youthful, energetic, and happy appearance. It redefined our conception of what was possible with simple, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Because it could give dramatic rejuvenation results safely, it quickly grew in popularity, and is now the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the world. Many common wrinkles are caused by overactive facial muscles. BOTOX ® Cosmetic can erase these wrinkles by relaxing the relevant muscles so that your skin becomes smooth. Over time, your body works around the limitation, so treatments need to be renewed about every six months.
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What BOTOX ® Cosmetic Treats
BOTOX ® Cosmetic is very effective when used to treat the right kinds of wrinkles. It works best on:
- Horizontal lines in the forehead
- Vertical lines between the brows (glabellar lines)
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines around the nose
- Lipstick or smoker’s lines around the mouth
Although there are several other applications where it is commonly used. During your consultation, we can evaluate different areas of concern and let you know if they will respond to BOTOX ® Cosmetic or if we should use a different treatment approach.
How Does BOTOX ® Cosmetic Work?
It works by calming over-excited muscles. Our muscles are designed to learn and anticipate our motions. This is muscle memory, and it’s usually a good thing. It helps us drive, dance, play sports, and do dozens of other complex tasks without having to think about each individual motion.
But sometimes the anticipation doesn’t match what we actually wanted. Our facial expressions demand certain muscles movements, and our muscles get habituated to them, and hold them. Each wrinkle treated by BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a part of a facial expression (a smile, a pout, a frown) that has become frozen in place. It relaxes the muscles, releasing those frozen expressions. This can not only make you look younger, it can eliminate the perception that you are angry, tired, or sad on a daily basis.
How Long Does BOTOX ® Cosmetic Last?
The effects can last three to six months (3-6), depending on the area injected. BOTOX ® Cosmetic relaxes muscles by breaking down and blocking certain signaling molecules that your nerves use to speak to your muscles. But over time, your body produces more of those signaling molecules, which restores communication as well as the frozen expressions. More active locations will need to be injected more frequently.
Therapeutic BOTOX ®
BOTOX ® was originally developed as a medical treatment, and it is often used to treat conditions as well as for cosmetic purposes. We use it for TMJ treatment and headache relief as well as facial rejuvenation.
Is BOTOX ® Cosmetic Safe?
Yes. With millions of procedures performed each year, serious complications are still very rare. How rare? A recent study compiled statistics from 8 different practices, a total of more than 20,000 cosmetic procedures. Even with that many procedures recorded, there were no serious adverse events from BOTOX ® Cosmetic, and only one in about 3000 treatments resulted in even a minor complications, such as redness or swelling.
If you would like to learn more about the outstanding results and safety of BOTOX ® Cosmetic in Anchorage, please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Denali Dental Care.