A purified protein derived from Botulinum Toxin A, known by the brand name Botox, has been approved since 2002 for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines. These lines and wrinkles in forehead and eye area are due to muscle contractions within the face which occur during facial expressions, squinting (from the sun, or to read), or other muscle contractions. Botox works to relax the muscles, smoothing away the unsightly lines that age us and make us look more tired.
Botox should only be administered by a Cosmetic Physician who has familiarity with the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form, and that has experience with the exact placement of Botox to yield a natural appearance, without asymmetry or an overdone appearance.
The proper time to start Botox depends on the genetic makeup of a person’s facial muscles. Typically, many of our patients start in the upper 20’s, and it is the most popular cosmetic procedure for both sexes amongst all age groups.
Botox can be used to release wrinkles across the forehead and between the eyes (glabella), banish crow’s feet (the lines around our eyes), lift eyebrows, and to relax vertical bands in the neck.