BOTOX® Cosmetic (commonly referred to as BOTOX®) is an FDA-approved injectable drug that is most commonly used to improve the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, as well as many other cosmetic applications and medical conditions. BOTOX® Cosmetic contains a highly purified form of botulinum toxin, and has become the most popular and commonly performed office-based cosmetic treatment for wrinkles in the United States.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an extremely safe injectable treatment that prevents the muscle contractions that lead to lines and wrinkles. It works by blocking communication between facial muscles and the nervous system, in turn smoothing the skin’s surface and improving the appearance of wrinkles.
Although BOTOX® Cosmetic was the first toxin-based injectable treatment for wrinkles, two other botulinum toxins have been approved by the FDA-approved: Dysport® and Xeomin®. Although these three products are very similar, BOTOX® Cosmetic remains the most popular and widely used. World class occuloplastic surgeon Dr. Steven Fagien has extensive experience doing clinical research and treated thousands of patients with neuromodulators. He will explain the differences between each of these neuromoduators during the consultation and recommend the one that will best suit each individual patient’s concerns.
What Can be Treated With BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to treat fine lines and deeper wrinkles, primarily in the upper third of the face. A combination of the natural aging process and years of repetitive facial expressions is generally the cause of these “dynamic” wrinkles.
Often referred to as frown lines, these are the two vertical lines between the eyebrows that look like an “11”.
These deep horizontal lines typically run across the forehead.
Also known as laugh lines, these are the thin, short wrinkles at the corners of the eyes.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used in some cases in an off-label manner for additional aesthetic treatments, including smoothing vertical lip lines or smoker’s lines and fine wrinkles at the corners of the mouth (called marionette lines), softening vertical neck muscle bands, lifting the eyebrows, elevating a droopy nasal tip, smoothing bunny lines on the nose, controlling excessive sweating, facial spasms and more.
Are There Side Effects to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic side effects are generally very mild. Long-term studies have shown that BOTOX® Cosmetic is extremely safe, but as with any medical treatment every patient may react differently. To minimize risks, side effects and unwanted outcomes, it’s best to choose a qualified surgeon with extensive experience using BOTOX® Cosmetic. Dr. Steven Fagien takes all necessary precautions to ensure that every treatment is safely administered with minimal side effects, and best suited to fit each individual patient’s needs.
About Dr. Fagien’s World Class Expertise with BOTOX® Cosmetic
If you are considering BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve the appearance of wrinkles, the next step is finding a physician with the expertise and artistic eye necessary for optimal results. Dr. Steven Fagien is one of the world’s foremost oculoplastic surgeons in the United States. He has built an international reputation by challenging traditional techniques and developing cutting-edge advances for a variety of procedures. Dr. Fagien is well known for his advanced techniques using botulinum toxins for the upper and lower face. He is a widely respected expert in the use of these products to address facial aging, and is often called upon to share his key learnings with other physicians around the world.
In addition to participating in many of the clinical studies that led to the FDA approval of various injectables, Dr. Fagien has authored over 300 publications, penned his own bestselling textbook on Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery, and has given more than 1,000 lectures about his techniques to surgeons around the globe.
To learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, call 561.393.9898 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Fagien.