BOTOX® Cosmetic

Facial wrinkles and lines develop for various reasons. One of the primary causes is the movement of tiny facial muscles every time we change expressions. Years of squinting, smiling, and frowning lead to crow’s feet and worry lines, along with other wrinkles. BOTOX Cosmetic injections at our Anchorage practice relax the muscles responsible for changing expressions, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

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How Does BOTOX Work?

BOTOX is approved by the FDA and minimizes wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles used to make certain expressions. Experienced injectors use a small amount of BOTOX to avoid creating a “frozen” appearance that doesn’t look natural. The active ingredient in BOTOX, botulinum toxin A, is a purified substance that blocks nerve signals to the muscle in which it’s injected.

It can take several days to see the results of the injections. To maintain the results, patients should schedule injections every 4 months or so.

Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX?

BOTOX is safe and effective when used for appropriate patients. BOTOX injections can:  

  • Smooth crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines
  • Diminish neck bands
  • Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin
  • Lift the corners of the mouth
  • Soften a square jawline
  • Correct a gummy smile

The FDA has also approved BOTOX for certain non-cosmetic treatments, including reducing, if not totally eliminating, the symptoms related to migraine headaches. The effects last about 3 to 4 months and have been very rewarding for certain patients.

What’s the Difference Between BOTOX and Fillers?

BOTOX and dermal fillers, such as the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® product lines, are injectable treatments designed to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. But fillers are typically smooth gels that accomplish this goal by restoring volume to specific areas of the face, including nasolabial folds, under the eyes, and cheeks.

What Is Recovery Like After BOTOX Injections?

There is no downtime needed after your appointment, which typically takes less than 30 minutes. Some redness or swelling at the injection sites is normal but typically resolves within hours. It’s important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas because it might cause the BOTOX to move, resulting in weakness of the muscles that elevate the eyelid causing a drooping lid. This is rare, is usually temporary, and will resolve in several days.

Lindsay is an upbeat, patient, informative, and precise professional injector.  Her excellent work paired with the helpful and friendly support staff made the experience delightful!

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Inadequate or partial paralysis of the targeted muscles may also occur. In this situation, you may require additional injections to achieve the desired effect. As with any procedure, there are risks associated with BOTOX injections, but BOTOX has a long and impressive track record of safety.

If you’ve been thinking about getting BOTOX injections and are looking for an Anchorage injector, Lindsay Benedict is a registered nurse trained by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX. She produces results that look natural and has worked with our surgeons for more than 10 years. You can request a consultation with her using the online form or call Plastic Surgeons of Alaska at (907) 563-2002 to schedule an appointment.

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