Your facial expressions are part of who you are; but there can be too much of a good thing. BOTOX treatments are one of the most popular (and effective) cosmetic treatments for frown lines. It requires great skill and understanding of facial muscle structure to produce a natural-looking result with BOTOX injections. Dr. Syed Ahmad is a highly-skilled medical professional with a reputation for excellence. If you are ready to do something effective about frown lines, BOTOX injections, when performed correctly, can produce a remarkable improvement. Ready for compliments? We can help.
How BOTOX Works
FDA approved in 2002, BOTOX has become the “go-to” for facial rejuvenation for both men and women. The product works by limiting the function of a natural neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and release. Frown lines are caused by the facial muscles continually contracting when you are concentrating, avoiding bright lights, or frowning.
For BOTOX to produce a younger, fresher look, it must be injected correctly, with the pinpoint locations for the injections carefully identified. The result should look natural, not “frozen.” When correctly performed, the result is a smoother, younger looking face, free from the creases and lines between your brows that make you look older, angry, or tired. It will require a careful evaluation of your facial muscle structure to inject BOTOX correctly to smooth and rejuvenate your facial appearance.
While the procedure takes only a few minutes to complete, it will require several days for BOTOX to achieve the smoothing effect — typically in about two to three days, or five days at most. The lines between your brows will slowly smooth and become far less visible as the BOTOX gets to work. The product continues to do its work for three to four months, after which you need another treatment if you want to maintain a smoother brow.
Pain-Free BOTOX Treatments
Any injection can bring a minor degree of discomfort, and while most patients find getting BOTOX injections is easy to tolerate, some patients have concerns about experiencing pain. We work to make every treatment as pain-free as possible and have numbing agents that can be applied prior to treatment for greater comfort. Every patient matters to us, and we focus on making the entire experience both pain-free and as pleasant as possible.
Is BOTOX dangerous?
BOTOX has been used extensively since 2002, with very low reports on side effects. While any medication carries some degree of risk, BOTOX has an incredible track record, with tens of millions of patients having the treatment to date with no side effects. As the effects are temporary, the product is eventually expelled from the body. Many men and women have made BOTOX injections part of a standard beauty regimen rely on the incredible smoothing effect to keep them looking younger and more vital.
Do BOTOX treatments hurt?
Most people who have BOTOX injections to smooth frown lines find the treatment easy to experience. While there is a “pinprick” as a very fine needle enters the muscles, it is not particularly painful. We may apply a cold pack to numb the area or a mild anesthetic cream to reduce the sensation.
Will my face look “frozen” after BOTOX?
It is very important that the product is injected correctly so the results look natural. The frown lines between your eyes are typically not considered attractive, and reducing the muscle movement in the area does not dramatically change your facial expressions. We never use more BOTOX than what is needed to smooth out these unattractive lines so you look younger, happier, and more approachable.
When should a patient start getting BOTOX injections?
If you have no frown lines, you don’t need BOTOX! Any person that is unhappy with the look of lines and wrinkles between the brows is probably a good candidate. There are some exceptions, but these are rare. Many people have been getting BOTOX injections regularly for years. You may not know why these people always have a fresh, young look – but it is likely BOTOX.
Will people be able to tell I had BOTOX injections?
What you want is compliments about how good you look – not questions about what you did to your face. When the BOTOX has been injected correctly you will simply look younger, fresher, and more cheerful. The goal is to create a very natural smoothing effect – and Dr. Ahmad has the skills to produce the improvement you envision for your face, while maintaining facial mobility and expression.
Will I look younger with BOTOX injections?
The idea is that creases and lines between the brows give you a certain look – usually associated with age. Deep frown lines tend to give your face a more serious, stressed, or angry appearance. When they are smoothed out with BOTOX, most people look friendlier, more approachable, and yes, younger. Deep lines between the brows are a common symptom of aging skin and the direct result of years of muscle movement in the area. If you tend to crease your brow when you concentrate, when in the bright sun, or when in thought, you will eventually develop permanent wrinkles or creases. It can happen at a fairly young age and will worsen with time. BOTOX can ward off this visible sign of aging skin very successfully.
What should I expect with BOTOX injections?
This treatment takes a day or two to work. Most patients notice a visible improvement within 24 to 48 hours, with frown lines smoothed for about three to four months. The treatment feels like a slight “pinch” and is not particularly painful. A licensed medical professional with extensive knowledge of facial muscle structure can inject the product correctly so that your facial expressions are not affected – just the creases and wrinkles.
Should I try a “deal” being offered for BOTOX from a spa?
As successful BOTOX injections are not just about cost, but about technique, it is wise to be very wary about “low-cost” or “discounts” for any facial procedure — including BOTOX. There are reports about fake BOTOX that has filtered into the US market, and you want to ensure you are getting the real product, produced by the Allergan company, and that your injections are performed correctly. Any other way poses serious risks to your health – and your appearance. Never take risks such as attending a “BOTOX Party” or pop-up medspa due to the risks involved.
Will BOTOX help me avoid wrinkles?
Some younger patients have taken a proactive step and at the first sign of even a very minor wrinkle, make BOTOX injections part of their beauty regimen. The treatment, as it limits muscle motion, can help you avoid developing deep frown lines in the years ahead. Women or men with a facial structure similar to a parent with deep frown lines can predict the same for themselves without treatment.
How many BOTOX injections do I need for frown lines?
Typically, a patient will require five injections to smooth out frown lines. The injections are placed in specific facial muscles called the procerus (a triangular shaped muscle that extends from the top of the nose to the mid-forehead) and corrugator muscles (small muscles above the eye, at the end of the brow).
Am I a good candidate for BOTOX?
If you have developed frown lines between your brows, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX treatments. While the majority of our patients who have frown lines are eligible for BOTOX injections, in some rare cases this treatment is not appropriate. Patients who currently have an infection at or near the injection site, who have sensitivity or an allergy to an ingredient in the formula, or have a severe illness are not candidates. Patients who have a condition involving muscle weakness (such as ALS or myasthenia gravis), drooping eyelids (ptosis), exceptionally thick facial skin, or are pregnant or breastfeeding are also not candidates for the treatment.
Our Approach: Dr. Syed Ahmad
We perform BOTOX injections with the goal of smoothing your frown lines without impacting your ability to retain your natural expressions. Smoothing a deep crease or wrinkles between your brows produces a rejuvenating effect on your entire face and can create a more youthful, fresh appearance. Ready to find out how to turn back the clock? Dr. Syed Ahmad takes a conservative approach, as we believe our patients want to look refreshed and younger – but not frozen or expressionless. Talk to us about BOTOX injections to finally smooth away unattractive frown lines.