Botox

A Safe Treatment

Botox has revolutionized the way physicians treat dynamic wrinkles and has now replaced many of the more traditional surgical approaches to facial aging. It is an extremely safe treatment, and in the right hands, produces beautiful, natural appearing results. It is also now used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or extensive sweating of the axilla, hands, and feet.

Botox is a trade name for a purified protein obtained from botulinum bacteria. It is used in very small doses for medical treatments.  There have been no known reports of permanent side affects with Botox and no cases of botulism due to its injection. There have been several widely publicized reports of complications after botulinum toxin injection but these patients were not injected with Botox, but instead a botulism derived research protein injected by unethical practitioners. These cases only reinforce further the need to have cosmetic treatments performed only by experienced physicians.

Treatment of Wrinkles Truly is an Art Form

Botox is particularly useful for eliminating the unwanted lines of facial expression, such as the vertical “frown line” that is present between the eyebrows. It is also a superb treatment for the horizontal lines on the forehead, the “smile” or “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes, the vertical lines on the upper lip, as well as the down turned corners of the mouth. In treating these wrinkles a small amount of Botox is injected directly into the muscle, which decreases the muscle contraction and thus the repeated creasing of the skin, which causes the lines.

A skilled physician can readily visualize these muscles and with a thorough knowledge of anatomy, makes these injections very safe. The effects from Botox are noticeable after 5 days and peak after 2 weeks. Gradually, over a period of 3-5 months, the Botox wears off and the muscles will regain their function. Treatment is repeated only as needed. Care is taken to not over treat. Some amount of facial expression is absolutely necessary for a natural, healthy appearing face. We believe that Botox injection is as much an art form as it is a science.

Dr. Harmon has been selected by the manufacturers of other Botox-like therapeutics to conduct their clinical trials, which demonstrates his ability to consistently provide aesthetically pleasing results. Treatment of wrinkles truly is an art form and a combination of Botox with soft tissue fillers is often synergistic. Our physician will develop a treatment plan that is personally derived to restore your natural, youthful appearance.

Before and after Botox. Individual results may vary.
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References:
1. (2013). Facial aesthetics. Retrieved from http://www.allergan.com/treatments/medical_aesthetics/facial_aesthetics.htm
2. (2013). Botox cosmetic. Retrieved from http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/default.aspx