BotoxⓇ is the world’s leading nonsurgical treatment for temporarily smoothing forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. It is also among the aesthetic treatments available from Mahsa A. Sohrab, MD, in Greenwich, CT. If you’ve been thinking of giving Botox a try, but have lingering concerns about the process or results, come in for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sohrab to learn more. You can book a visit over the phone or by using the easy online scheduling page.
Botox is an injectable medication that has been in use in medical settings for more than 50 years. Approved for use in nearly 100 countries, Botox has been FDA-approved for cosmetic applications for more than 15 years.
The treatment is made from Clostridium botulinum, a substance naturally present in lakes, forests, and soil. In certain concentrations this substance is deadly, but the amount used in cosmetic and medical applications is perfectly safe and is manufactured in one carefully controlled laboratory.
You may have heard the Botox works by paralyzing your facial muscles. That’s a mischaracterization of the process.
Botox works by temporarily impeding the ability of treated facial muscles to go through their full range of motion. You’ll still be able to move those muscles to speak, eat, and express emotion, but they won’t be able to move enough to pull your skin into lines, folds, and wrinkles.
The results last around four months, at which time you’ll begin to notice your wrinkles and folds gradually deepening. Many men and women are so happy with their results they choose to come in for additional treatments.
Botox injections are delivered via a very thin needle and are not painful. You might feel a pinch as the needle enters your skin, but the entire process takes less than five minutes.
It takes three injections on each side to treat crow’s feet, and five injections to address forehead lines or frown lines. You might begin to notice the effects in as little as 24-48 hours after your appointment, but it may take 3-10 days before the full effects are apparent.
There’s no need for downtime after your session, and you can resume normal activities immediately. Some men and women report minor bruising after treatment, but avoiding strenuous activity for a few hours can reduce the risk of bruising.
The risk of side effects is low, especially when you trust an experienced specialist like Dr. Sohrab with your care. Be wary of having Botox at a spa or salon, and never agree to treatment with an alternative formulation. There is only one Botox available and no generic options.
If you’re ready to give Botox a try, book an appointment today using the easy online scheduling tool or over the phone.