BOTOX® Cosmetic is a nonsurgical, outpatient treatment which can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. For many women and men in Tampa, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a popular alternative to facial cosmetic surgery procedures, and also can be used following a procedure to keep the skin looking youthful and vibrant. BOTOX® Cosmetic only takes a few minutes to administer, and there is little to no recovery time, allowing patients to look refreshed and younger in just a few days.
When BOTOX® Cosmetic Is Right
Those who are happiest with their BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment understand its limitations and have realistic expectations. This treatment works by relaxing the facial muscles which are responsible for deepening lines and wrinkles. Although BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movements, you may also need an injectable filler such as JUVÉDERM® to fill in deep wrinkles caused by volume loss in the skin.
If you live a busy and active life in Tampa, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be the ideal solution. You won’t have to put your life on hold in order to recover from a surgical procedure, and you’ll save both time and money. There is virtually no recovery time, and the procedure itself takes just a few minutes from start to finish.
What to Expect
After the incision site has been prepped and cleaned, Dr. Castellano injects BOTOX® Cosmetic directly into the area requiring treatment. Prior to the injection, Dr. Castellano will examine your face to determine the way your muscles move and decide on the best placement for the injections. For those who are sensitive, a topical anesthetic may be applied.
The injection will temporarily freeze the muscles around the injection site in a relaxed state. Once the muscles have relaxed, the surface skin will naturally smooth out. BOTOX® Cosmetic may be used to treat wrinkles in many areas of the face and neck, including between the brows and around the mouth.
Recovery & Results
There is no recovery time required for BOTOX® Cosmetic, and you can return to your normal life right away. Final results will be apparent within a few days, and should last several months.
Since the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are temporary, you will see a very gradual return to your pre-treatment state over time. Many patients simply arrange for regular, ongoing treatment sessions to take place every few months in order to retain their new look. Because of its temporary nature, BOTOX® Cosmetic is most effective when used to stop very early signs of aging, and used over a longer period of time.
With Other Procedures
Since BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a filler, it can’t be used to fill in very deep wrinkles, lines or scars. Treatment of these cosmetic concerns will require a dermal filler. Laser resurfacing may also be used to render deep marks less apparent. BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to augment nearly any other surgical or nonsurgical facial procedure.