Botox® injections are used to selectively weaken the muscles that cause unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. Specialized knowledge of muscle function around the eyes and face allows Annapolis cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Elba Pacheco, to customize each Botulinum treatment.
What is Botox®?
Botox®, like it’s counterparts Dysport® and Xeomin®, contains purified derivatives of botulinum toxin, with a broad range of medical applications and cosmetic benefits. When injected in very small amounts, the active ingredient weakens selected muscles for three to six months on average. Although the muscles eventually regain normal function, they are trained to relax during the inactive time, ultimately making the lines less severe than they were prior to treatment.
Each Botox® session eliminates or reduces the treated lines and accomplishes a bit more permanent wrinkle reduction when the function returns. Botulinum treatments should be performed frequently to maintain optimal control of unwanted lines.
What is a Botox® Injection Like?
In our Severna Park medical spa Maryland, we strive to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed at all times. You may choose to be numbed with an anesthetic cream that numbs the area, allowing for a much more comfortable experience during to your Botulinum treatment.
The effect of the treatment becomes noticeable over the next three to six days until the muscle(s) treated are maximally relaxed. There is no numbness associated- just muscle relaxation. More than one session may be required to obtain the desired results.
Side effects are rare and temporary at most, but may include bruising, pain beyond the time of injection, drooping of the upper eyelid and difficulty closing the eyes. These risks are very infrequent with Dr. Pacheco’s expertise and over 15 years of experience.
Botox® may be used in conjunction with a dermal filler, Thermage CPT and Laser treatments to obtain optimal smoothness, remove dark circles under eyes.
We also participate in the Brilliant Distinctions® program, which offers regular users of Voluma™, Juvéderm® and Botox® the ability to earn points that can be used as credits towards future treatments.