Botox Treatment in Orlando
Botox is a pharmaceutical agent that is commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Botox was first approved in 1979 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat muscular disorders such as strabismus (crossed eyes,) blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm.
Botox is still used today to treat these disorders, but has been more widely recognized since the 1990s for its effectiveness in restoring a youthful appearance. In our office, Dr. Parbhu can administer Botox for both therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. When Botox is used for therapeutic purposes, treatments may be covered by medical insurance.
What is Botox?
Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This toxin is the same one that causes botulism, but when used in small doses can help to prevent contraction of the muscles. Before use, the toxin, called either Botulinum toxin type A or Botulinum toxin type B, is purified for safety.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by relaxing the muscles in your face, most commonly the corrugators and procerus muscles between the eyebrows. When you contract these muscles, you squint and frown lines form between the eyes. Crow’s feet may also form at the outer corners of the eyes as a result of this contraction. When Botox is injected into these muscles, the muscles’ ability to contract is restricted, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles in the face.
Common Cosmetic Uses for Botox
Botox is often used for the following cosmetic purposes:
- Elevation of the eyebrows
- Reduction of the appearance of frown lines between the eyes
- Lessening of the appearance of forehead wrinkles
- Decrease in the appearance and depth of crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
How is Botox Administered?
Botox is administered in our office using an ultra-fine needle. Before the procedure, your physician may administer a topical anesthetic if you are very sensitive to pain. To ensure that the Botox is injected into the proper treatment areas, your physician will ask you to squint so that the muscle areas are clearly visible. Botox is then injected into these facial muscles. The procedure usually takes about 10 minutes.
How Long Do Botox Effects Last?
Botox effects generally last about three to four months, although this may vary slightly from patient to patient. The effects of Botox treatment may take up to a week to be noticeable as the skin relaxes around the facial muscles. After the effects of Botox treatment wear off, you may receive subsequent treatments to maintain a more youthful appearance. Botox is effective for moderate to severe wrinkles but not deep lines which are better treated with filler (Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane). Botox is an excellent adjunct to dermal fillers in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Call us today at 407-704-3937 to schedule a consultation.