OnabotulinumtoxinA, also known as Botox® Cosmetic, is one major means to achieve a considerably more youthful look. Botox, an injectable muscle relaxant, reducing facial wrinkles for a significantly more youthful appearance. Opposing muscle groups control a person’s facial expression. A skilled surgeon knowledgeable about facial anatomy balances these upward and downward forces. The desired result creates the ideal amount of lift in the face, subsequently eliminating or markedly reducing unwanted horizontal wrinkles in the forehead or brow, or smoothing frown lines and crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes. Our founding surgeon James Green, MD, is a Certified Expert Injector™.
Most people choose Botox to improve their facial appearance and look younger. However, Botox has other uses as well. For example, Botox is sometimes employed to treat muscle spasms, migraine headaches, and even severe underarm perspiration.
The effect of the injections eventually wears off, and patients need repeat treatments.
Botox injections are performed in our Santa Fe office, without need for anesthesia or a numbing cream. The needle used is so thin (32g) that most patients experience relatively minor discomfort from the injections.
If the forehead is being injected, patients often want to reduce the downward pull between their eyebrows. This downward pull is responsible for most facial furrows and also brings the brow down. By weakening these muscles, there is a slight brow lift. Then the doctor may relax the muscles that lift the brow a little to soften the overall effect. This result is accomplished with a precise placement of the Botox in exacting amounts.
Similarly, with the lateral part of the eyelid and around the eyes, the surgeon treats a portion of a muscle to get the desired effect, relaxing areas under those expression lines. When treating frown lines around the face, the surgeon adeptly injects Botox to relax appropriate muscles.
Prior to your treatment we’ll discuss the areas of your face which most concern you. Then the cosmetic surgeon will explain what Botox can accomplish for you and answer your questions.
The doctor will also advise you that often no single solution works to achieve every person’s goal, and other factors about you need to be considered, such as your skin’s elasticity, possible skin damage, your medical history, and the typical effects of aging. Your physician will explore all of these topics during a free, no-pressure cosmetic consultation. During this interview, the doctor will discuss a variety of options to help you determine the best choices for your needs, and any potential side effects.
Botox procedures require finesse and need to be meticulously performed in such a way that you don’t develop an unnatural or frozen look, which can appear strange or even resemble a “deer in the headlight” or “deadpan” appearance when performed ineptly. People want to be able to express emotions with their face, but don’t want a hardened expression. For this reason, an experienced cosmetic surgeon is the best choice to administer Botox injections.
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