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Botox® Cosmetic

Wrinkles not only arise because of skin aging, but because of the impact of underlying muscles and facial expressions leading to creases in the skin that become visible even when those muscles are not used. The classic areas of muscle hyperactivity are the brow, the crow's feet and in between the eyes on the bridge of the nose. These areas can be very successfully addressed by a simple technique. Botox is a refined product that literally freezes the muscles but does not affect the sensation of the skin. By freezing these muscles of over-expression, we can therefore address the impact of them on the wrinkles of the skin. In time, some patients learn not to use these muscles and ultimately the frequency that Botox needs to be administered can be decreased,. The initial injections work within four to seven days and last for three to four months. When combined with a skin rejuvenation program, this is a wonderfully quick, safe and effective technique to obtain a rejuvenated appearance. It is essentially a painless technique and any discomfort may be alleviated with laughing gas (nitrous oxide). The patients resume routine activities immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox™ For Cosmetic Purposes

Frown lines
When we frown for any reason, we gather the tissue between our eyebrows into a fold. In some of us, this causes a chronic furrow. This produces a frustrated, discouraged, angry look on our face. This can be distracting to others, and a bother to ourselves. Now you can eliminate these frown lines without surgery and without scars, by a simple treatment with Botox.

What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment derived from a purified protein. Botox smoothes out lines by preventing the muscles from contracting into a wrinkle.

How is the procedure done?
A few drops of Botox are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle, blocking the nerve impulses that cause the contractions. As the stimulation to the muscle weakens, the lines gradually soften, giving you a more refreshed, relaxed, highly natural looking appearance. The procedure is so quick and simple that clients often have it done on their lunch hour.

How long does Botox last?
The actual treatment only takes only a few minutes and the Botox takes effect in three to four days, while maximum results are achieved in 7-10 days. Gradually over three to six months, the Botox effect will fade, and the muscle action will return. When the frown line starts to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result.

Can Botox be used for other wrinkles?
Botox is also effective in the treatment of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and neck folds. Botox is also effective in the treatment of crow's feet, forehead wrinkles, neck folds, bridge of the nose, chin and mouth.

Are there any side effects?
Botox is very safe, long before it was approved for cosmetic use Botox had established 10 years of safety data for the treatment of opthalmic disorders. It has also been approved for the treatment of a number of debilitating conditions such as adult spasticity, cervical dystonia, migraine headaches and juvenile cerebral palsy. It is also effective in the treatment of hyperhydrosis.
The side effects of Botox are related to the local injection of the solution. There will be a slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a slight bruise at the site of the injection and a slight short term headache. There have been no permanent side effects from the use of Botox. Botox may not be administered during pregnancy or lactation.

Will it give me a fake, frozen look?
Not if you are treated by an experienced doctor who will be able to determine the right dose and injection technique for you. The treatment only relaxes the muscle at the injection site, so the other elements of facial expression remain active. It also has no effect on sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.

What is the overall opinion of Botox therapy?
Botox therapy represents a remarkably successful, now widely used, approach to treating wrinkles of the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet without surgery and without scars. The client response is positive as these dynamic lines can be resolved and in many cases eliminated for months at a time. Botox therapy has revolutionized many aspects of cosmetic procedures and has quickly become the first line of treatment for wrinkles.

Why should I come to the Varicosis, Cosmetic and Laser Center for my Botox treatments?
Dr. Parish is highly trained in Botox Cosmetic and pioneered the use of Botox Cosmetic in Alabama. He is one of the most experienced injectors in Alabama and many of his patients come to Dr. Parish because of his advanced skills that give his patients beautiful and natural looking results.


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If you're planning on being treated with BOTOX ® Cosmetic, you might want to take pictures of yourself before your first treatment. Then a week later, take new pictures so you can see the results. Your doctor might even do this as part of the procedure. Chances are, you'll like what you see!