BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the muscles and smooths existing deep creases and wrinkles. It also prevents the development of permanent architectural changes in the skin structure that will eventually develop into the deep creases that are evident even when your face is completely relaxed.
Why consider BOTOX® Cosmetic?
- Botox may be used to smooth out the forehead lines
- Botox may be used to smooth out he glabellar (vertical frown lines between the brows)
- Botox may be used to soften the periorbital (crow’s feet)
- Botox may be used to give a slight lift to the upper eyelids
- Botox may be used to relax the bands or cords in the neck
- Botox may be used to treat the vertical wrinkles in the upper lip
How is BOTOX® Cosmetic administered?
The careful placement of the BOTOX® Cosmetic injection will ensure that you achieve the smoothest skin surface while maintaining that movement that is critical for a natural appearance and expression. The most experienced physician understands the location and function of the muscles and will help you achieve your desired result.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected in the office under sterile conditions. Precision placement of the solution does require multiple injection sites, as well as a good understanding of your anatomy. Patients are given cool compresses, ice, or topical local cream as needed.
What can I expect after the BOTOX procedure?
After the BOTOX treatment, patients are asked to abstain from intense physical exercise until the following day. Otherwise, your normal routine can be resumed immediately. Because the needles used are so small, cosmetics may be reapplied immediately after the injection.
In general, BOTOX works well for 3–6 months, and then the movement returns quite quickly. This is the optimal time for a re-treatment.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic safe?
Neurotoxins have become one of the standard non-surgical treatment options to maintain a youthful appearance. Neurotoxin manufacturers have achieved unparalleled success with these injectable “miracle drugs” to eliminate unwanted lines and wrinkles. In early 2008, however, a few safety concerns surfaced in the media. While these concerns predominately focus on high-dose therapeutic uses of neurotoxins, there have also been concerns regarding neurotoxin use for cosmetic purposes.
The safety profile of injectable neurotoxins—such as BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) from Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA) and MYOBLOC® (botulinum toxin type B) from Solistice, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)—have recently been called into question. Some controversial claims suggest the possibility that botulinum toxin type A may migrate to the brain. This concern relates to an animal experiment. The investigators, however, did not use BOTOX®, but a laboratory preparation of botulinum toxin. In addition, the concentration of botulinum toxin was significantly more concentrated than the heavily diluted toxin found in BOTOX® Cosmetic. As neurotoxin concerns continue to capture headlines, physicians will continue to defend the safety of neurotoxins and continue using them.
To date, there have been no published or unpublished reports of death as the result of the administration of BOTOX® or MYOBLOC® for cosmetic use. In early 2008, the FDA did however issue a safety concern of BOTOX®, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and MYOBLOC® when used off-label to treat spasticity in the lower limbs. A few pediatric cerebral palsy patients were reported to have died after receiving large doses of BOTOX®. The FDA has yet to reach any conclusions.
In defense of BOTOX® Cosmetic, it has had an unparalleled safety record. Millions of treatments have been given over a period of two decades. If there were significant risks, they would have been apparent by now. While Dr. Sullivan is highly confident in the safety profile of neurotoxin products, he does have concerns in how, where, and by whom these drugs are administered.
Quite frankly, the injection of BOTOX® and fillers is not technically difficult. On the other hand, it is very difficult to perform these injections and achieve consistent results and satisfactory patient outcomes. Facial Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists spend many years in and after residency developing the judgment and perfecting the skills to properly perform these procedures. No one can learn how to do this overnight by an attending a weekend course. Patients seeking Columbus BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal filler injections have every right to expect the best trained and qualified individual to perform their procedure. It is Dr. Sullivan’s opinion that physicians who choose to delegate these procedures to untrained medical personnel either trivialize the difficulty of the procedure or underestimate the expectations of their patients.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
What Customers are saying…
Not for Me – Columbus, OH
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Botox Gives Me Such a Lift! – Columbus, OH
The Sullivan Centre is a medical practice focused on the most professional and up-to-date methods of treating and correcting all kinds of facial and body conditions. I love it that Dr. Mike treats only the face, making him an expert in that area, and his wife, Dr. Chris Sullivan, treats the body, also making her an expert. The office staff are absolutely wonderful: welcoming, friendly, informative and reassuring. I enjoy my visits to the Sullivan Centre and recommend these doctors to everyone I know!
38 Year Old Wants to Prevent Deep Wrinkles in the Future – Worthington, OH
I have had several cosmetic procedures performed over the past 5 years at the Sullivan Centre in Worthington, OH. My results far exceeded my expectations. I finally have all the self confidence about my body that I could wish for. Dr. Mike and Dr. Chris, along with an amazingly professional staff, always provide top notch, comforting care. I would recommend them to all of my friends looking to enhance their bodies.
I Would Recommend Him for Anyone Looking for an Experienced Plastic Surgeon with Great Bedside Manner.
I went to see Dr. Michael Sullivan today to get Botox. He was absolutely awesome. He listened to my concern and answered all my questions before doing the procedure. I really felt like he cared and wanted me to be satisfied. I just wish I had found him earlier. His nurse and staff was also great. I would highly recommend him.
Botox – Columbus, OH
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