BOTOX Cosmetic Injections in Phoenix
Also Serving Patients in Scottsdale
The result of aging is inevitable: As our skin gradually loses elastin and collagen, it starts to sag, and wrinkles start to form. Over time, our everyday facial expressions (like smiling and frowning) create fine lines, wrinkles and even deep folds on our face. While there are many procedures for facial rejuvenation that can help a person achieve a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance, some people don’t wish to pursue surgery to get rid of their wrinkles. Many of these people opt for non-surgical “injectable” alternatives, such as Botox.
Common issues addressed by Botox include:
- Fine lines around the eyes (or “crow’s feet”)
- Furrow lines between the eyebrows (or “11” lines)
- Deep folds or creases on the forehead
- Neck bands (creases on the neck)
Frequently asked questions:
What is Botox?
Botox (short for botulinum toxin) is an FDA-approved injectable substance made from a protein that occurs naturally in the body. A noninvasive, though temporary, alternative to surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic makes the face smoother, younger-looking and free of lines and wrinkles.
How Does Botox Eliminate Wrinkles?
Every day, our faces go through a workout as they express our emotions and communicate non-verbal messages to other people. To make these expressions, certain facial muscles need to contract; over time, these repeated expressions form lines on our skin that don’t go away even after the expression is gone. These lines can make us look older and worn out. Botox injections temporarily paralyze the targeted facial muscle or muscles that cause facial wrinkles to form. After a Botox treatment, you can expect to look years younger, with smoother, firmer skin creating a wrinkle-free, yet natural-looking, facial appearance.
What is a neuromodulator?
Botox is one of a group of injectables collectively known as neuromodulators. Botox is a brand name, and BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable product marketed by the manufacturer. All neuromodulators work by relaxing facial muscles and preventing them from contracting, thereby smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Other popular neuromodulators include Dysport and Xeomin. Botox has long been the muscle-relaxer of choice, although Dysport may be effective for targeted areas, such as vertical lines between the eyes. When the underlying muscles are responsible for the wrinkles, neuromodulators are an effective way to give these muscles a rest.
Am I a good candidate for a Botox injectable treatment?
People who are considered suitable candidates for Botox are men and women who want a younger-looking face with less-noticeable wrinkles.
How is a Botox treatment performed?
Dr. Ghafouri administers Botox at his office in a routine visit that typically takes fewer than 15 minutes to complete. Dr. Ghafouri will use tiny, fine needles to inject the substance into the facial muscles targeted for treatment (based on which wrinkles are being softened).
Is a Botox injection painful?
A Botox treatment creates only minimal discomfort, as the needles being used are very fine. If you prefer, however, Dr. Ghafouri can use an anesthetic cream to numb the area before injection.
What is the recovery period like?
There is no downtime or recovery period after Botox. In fact, it is often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” because people can have the treatment on their lunch hour and then return to daily life immediately afterward. There may be some mild redness and/or swelling in the treatment area, which typically disappears after the first day. Though you can return to work, driving and regular exercise immediately, avoid touching the injection sites or engaging in any strenuous activity for the remainder of the day after your treatment.
How long will my results last?
Typical Botox results last anywhere from four to six months.
Would you like to learn more about the Botox treatment offered at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists? Or maybe you’re ready to schedule a Botox treatment with Dr. Ali Ghafouri? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! Contact our office today!