Candidates for BOTOX Injection Treatments
By Peter Brownrigg on May 12, 2015
When patients visit Dr. Peter Brownrigg at his Ottawa cosmetic plastic surgery and skin care center, they can expect exceptional treatment that emphasizes patient wellness and education. During each consultation, Dr. Brownrigg and his team consider various risks and benefits of a treatment and then proceed to communicate these matters to patients so that they can make well-informed decisions about their treatment options.
With that in mind, let's take a look at BOTOX injections and who the ideal candidates are for treatments using BOTOX Cosmetic.
About BOTOX Injections
BOTOX injections are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make patients look years and years younger. BOTOX cosmetic is an excellent alternative to various facial plastic surgery procedures that are also performed for anti-aging purposes.
How BOTOX Injections Work
BOTOX injections work by reducing the activity of muscles in the injection site. By doing this, the skin in the treatment area is not agitated, which means that wrinkles are smoothed out and not allowed to form.
General Candidacy for BOTOX Injections
Ideal candidates for BOTOX injections are patients who would like to look younger and more refreshed but would prefer to achieve these goals without the use of cosmetic plastic surgery. They should be in good overall health and wellness and be confident in their choice to undergo a cosmetic treatment.
What kinds of wrinkles can BOTOX injections treat?
BOTOX injections are generally most effective when addressing the following kinds of facial lines and wrinkles:
- Frown lines
- Lines around the eyes
- Lines on the forehead
In general, BOTOX injections are a poor cosmetic solution to use on the mid face and lower face given how the solution can affect the movement of mouth muscles.
Realistic Expectations Are Crucial
While BOTOX Cosmetic is very effective at addressing a whole host of facial lines and wrinkles, it's important that patients have realistic expectations about what the solution can achieve. Patients should also keep in mind that results are temporary, though repeat treatments can be performed as needed to maintain the results.
During the consultation process, patients will be able to learn about BOTOX injections as well as many other surgical and non-surgical alternatives to consider to enhance their overall appearance.
How long do the results of BOTOX Cosmetic last?
BOTOX Cosmetic injections typically last around three to six months, though this varies from patient to patient and depends on a number of factors.
Other Uses for BOTOX Injections: Non-Cosmetic Applications
In addition to eliminating lines and wrinkles, BOTOX injections are also used to address the following non-cosmetic issues:
- Muscle spasms in the upper limbs and neck
- Muscle spasms of the eyelids (blepharospasm)
- Chronic migraine headaches
- Chronic/severe perspiration (hyperhidrosis)
- Crossed eyes (strabismus)
Candidacy for BOTOX injections to address the above matters can be discussed with your general practitioner.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Peter Brownrigg
To learn more about BOTOX injections and how they can help you look your very best, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and reconstructive surgery center today. Dr. Brownrigg and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing all options available for enhancing your appearance and sense of self.
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