Botox® Cosmetic has become one of the fastest, if not the fastest growing cosmetic procedure since its FDA approval in 2002. While we are all searching for the “fountain of youth”, the lure of cosmetic surgery is somewhat dull compared to lure of non-surgical procedures that can produce cosmetic results that possible help delay the need for actual cosmetic surgery. Botox certainly is the choice of patients who wish to “turn back the hands of time” without immediately choosing surgery.
Botox® Cosmetic is a highly purified injectable protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The FDA has approved Botox as a non-surgical treatment that can help smooth facial lines and wrinkles and help you look your best. It has been approved as safe and effective for people 18-65 years of age when injected by a physician. By injecting very small quantities of the protein into the facial muscles that cause “dynamic wrinkles”, Botox Injections reduce the activity of the muscles and their ability to “pull” on the overlying skin and create wrinkles and furrows.
Botox® Cosmetic is used most often to treat the furrows between your eyebrows, the “worry” wrinkles that can appear as a “washboard” across your forehead and the “crow’s feet” wrinkles at the lateral corners of your eyes.
The Botox treatment consists of placing a number of tiny injections into the facial areas of concern to you. Within several days, the effect will begin to be noticeable-and within a week or so you will experience the full effect. Typically the effect of Botox® Cosmetic lasts up to 4 months at which time it is necessary to re-inject those areas of concern to extend the desired effect.
The most obvious reasons that Botox® Cosmetic has achieved such popularity are that it is affordable, has no recovery time requirement and has none of the risks or health complications typically associated with cosmetic plastic surgery.
The fact that Botox® Cosmetic is non-invasive has great appeal to patients who lead busier and busier lives. Whether actively involved in the business world or actively involved taking kids to soccer practice, many patients do not have the time to spend recovering from a cosmetic procedure. Botox fills that gap easily. Botox Injections can be administered in 20 minutes in between car pool obligations or in between business meetings with no recovery time. Botox is ideal for our active lifestyles because because, “down time” is not an option for most patients today.
Further, the fact that Botox is non-invasive means that it requires no anesthesia. Whereas the risks of anesthesia are a barrier to cosmetic plastic surgery-there is no such risk with Botox. This makes Botox Cosmetic Injections an easy choice.
Even though the effects of Botox® Cosmetic are not permanent, the vast majority of patients do not seem to mind the need to repeat Botox Injections as often as every 3-6 months in order to maintain their desired appearance. Based on the non-invasive nature of the Botox treatment, its high margin of safety, it’s “no down time” recovery and affordability make it is easy to understand why our patients ask for Botox in ever increasing numbers.
The physicians at Coastal Eye Care provide a number of non-surgical cosmetic facial treatments to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles including Botox® Cosmetic Injections. Coastal Eye Care is conveniently located for Eastern Maine and Downeast Maine patients from Addison, Bangor, Bass Harbor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Brewer, Brooklin, Brooksville, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Castine, Cherryfield, Columbia Falls, Deer Isle, Dennysville, Dexter Dover-Foxcroft, East Machias, Eastport, Ellsworth, Franklin, Hampden, Harrington, Hulls Cove, Jonesboro, Jonesport, Lincoln, Lincolnville, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Milbridge, Mount Desert, Northeast Harbor, Old Town, Orono, Orrington, Pembroke, Penobscot, Rockland, Rockport, Seal Harbor, Searsport, Sedgwick, Southwest Harbor, Stockton Springs, Stonington, Surry, Swans Island, Whitneyville, Winter Harbor, Winterport, Maine.