Manuel A. Lopez, MD, FACS

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

(210) 495-5771 (LPS1)
(210) 495-2367          
Lopez Plastic Surgery
1314 E. Sonterra Blvd, Suite 5104
San Antonio, Texas 78258

BOTOX® Cosmetic

botox-logoWhat is Botox® Cosmetic?

Botox® Cosmetic is the protein Botulinum Toxin A made by Allergan, a world leader in prescription cosmetic medicines including Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm.  Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved to reduce the appearance of glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows), but has also been used successfully to treat forehead lines, crows feet, blepharospasms (excessive blinking), hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating in the underarms, hands, and feet), migraine head aches, and other physicial ailments.

 

How does Botox® Cosmetic Work?

When injected into the muscle or tissue, Botox Cosmetic impairs the nerves from telling the muscles to contract or the sweat glands to produce sweat.

 

How will I look post treatment?

You will notice some initial redness and swelling in the treated area that will subside in the next hour.  Within 3-5 days, you will start to notice a more rested appearance, with the best effects noticed in 2 weeks.  Contrary to popular belief, you can have a full range of facial expressions with Botox Cosmetic treatments.

 

How long does Botox® Cosmetic Last?

The effects of Botox Cosmetic typically last 3-4 months and up to 6 months.  Individual results will vary depending on the strength of the underlying muscles.  Your lines will return to the pre-treatment appearance as the Botox® Cosmetic wears off.

 

Do Botox® Cosmetic injections hurt?

Most people compare the injection sensation to a bug bite.  Overall discomfort is minimal and temporary.

 

Where is Botox® Cosmetic administered? 

Traditionally it is used to treat frown lines between the eye brows, forehead creases, crows feet around the eyes and fine lines above the lips.

 

Are Botox® Cosmetic injections safe? 

Botox® has safely treated a variety of medical conditions since its FDA approval in 1989.  Botox® Cosmetic was FDA approved in 2002.  As of 2007, Botox injection is the most common cosmetic procedure, with 4.6 million procedures in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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