The natural process of aging is caused in large part by the loss of elasticity, decrease in natural collagen, and decrease in hydration of the skin and loss of the natural supporting structures. In our youth our skin is soft, supple and free from tissue damage caused by time, injury (such as the sun) and disease. As the process of aging continues, and the processes above affect our skin, we begin to show the telltale signs of aging. We start to notice wrinkles in our forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet) between the eyebrows and around the mouth.
BOTOX® is a non-surgical approach to correcting the appearance of the lines that form as a result of these changes. BOTOX® is a natural purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. BOTOX® has the ability to affect the nerve impulses that control the muscles of facial expression. These dynamic muscles, in turn, give rise to the unsightly wrinkles that cause us so much grief. By exerting a relaxing effect on the muscles, BOTOX® can have dramatic effects in reducing the appearance of these wrinkles. BOTOX® has been used for decades within other specialties of medicine. It has gained popularity for this cosmetic purpose during the past decade and recently was approved by the FDA for use.
You will be asked what your areas of concern are. Dr. Perez-Gurri will then inject minute quantities of the BOTOX® Cosmetic into the regions of concern. There is very little discomfort and the treatment is well tolerated. Local anesthesia is not indicated.
You will return to your normal activities upon leaving the office. It usually takes 4-7 days before you will experience the relaxation of the muscles and in turn, the diminution of the wrinkles. Everyone is different and will have a different experience. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic vary but can last 4-6 months. We have found that after several treatments, the effective length of time is increased with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
There are relatively few side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy, however, you need to be aware that there are reported cases of headaches, swelling of the eye region and bruising. Occasionally, BOTOX® Cosmetic may spread slightly and cause a temporary drooping of the surrounding muscles. If these are around the eyelid region, some droopiness of the eyelid may occur. It is self-limiting and will return to its normal state. The time required, will vary but is usually within 2-3 weeks.
These BOTOX® procedures are considered enhancing in nature. They are not meant to totally change someone’s looks. We have found that one of the key factors in achieving patient satisfaction is patient expectation. No guarantee implied or in writing is given regarding how you will look after treatment. All attempts will be made by your surgeon to satisfy your requests, within reason. The end point of this BOTOX® procedure is to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, look better and enhanced. Please note that all individuals are unique and will require a different surgical approach. A suggestion is made by Dr. Perez-Gurri based on his professional experience as to the procedure(s) best suited to achieve your aesthetic goals. Remember that many things are taken into consideration but the one limiting factor is the skin elasticity and depth of your wrinkles.
There seems to be an inverse relationship with expectation and satisfaction. That is, the higher the expectation, the lower the satisfaction. Body image is unique and what the patient frequently sees may not be what is seen by the surgeon. Therefore, it is important that you become keenly aware of your expectations for the BOTOX® procedure, know its limitations and fully discuss any concerns that you may have regarding the procedure with Dr. Perez-Gurri.
We encourage questions about your BOTOX® procedure and have allowed ample time to answer them personally or with our literature and videotapes. Please realize that the results obtained through BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy are not permanent. The body eventually absorbs all materials used.
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