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BOTOX CHARLOTTE | ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS
For a BOTOX doctor in Charlotte, NC, visit the experienced professionals at Evolve Medical Associates. We can help you look naturally more refreshed.
If you are looking for a safe, effective way to look naturally more refreshed, considerBOTOX Cosmetic treatments in Charlotte, NC at Evolve Medical Associates. Our staff of professional doctors offer these and many other facial rejuvenation treatments to help you look vibrant and youthful.
BOTOX is a highly purified toxin derived from the bacteria clostridium botulinum. This bacteria works by blocking receptor sites on muscles to prevent acetylcholine, released by nerves, from stimulating the muscles to contract. This injectable treatment is used in the skin in very small and safe amounts to selectively block the function of certain facial muscles that are involved in wrinkle formation. Once the muscles are unable to contract, the wrinkles gradually fade or disappear for a more youthful facial appearance.
IMPROVEMENTS FROM BOTOX
Women and men visit us in Charlotte for BOTOX treatments to smooth away the following dynamic wrinkles:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
Alternatives to BOTOX include Dysport® and XEOMIN®, which work in a similar manner and treat the same conditions.
The first treatment involves injection into strong, thick muscle and therefore usually lasts only 3 to 4 months. At subsequent sessions, the muscle is smaller and weaker (since it has not been used) and the injections may last longer than 4 months. The effect also wears off gradually, so there is ample time to reschedule another appointment.
WHAT IS BOTULINUM TOXIN?
BOTOX Cosmetic contains the purified form of the toxin (onabotulinumtoxinA) derived from Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that is directly associated with botulism. It is used in treating age lines or wrinkles (cosmetic), as well as other health problems such as dystonia (a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and migraine headaches (medical).
IS BOTOX COSMETIC APPROVED BY THE FDA?
Yes, BOTOX is approved by the FDA as both a cosmetic and medical treatment. BOTOX was first approved by the FDA in 1989 as a medical treatment for 2 eye disorders, blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking) and strabismus (misaligned eyes). In 2000, the FDA approved BOTOX to treat cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe shoulder and neck muscles contraction. In April of 2002, the FDA approved the use of BOTOX a cosmetic treatment. In 2004, the FDA approved BOTOX as a treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) for patients who do not respond positively to topical prescription drugs.
WHAT CAN BOTULINUM TOXIN BE USED FOR?
Botulinum toxin can be used to treat facial wrinkles caused by muscle activity. These wrinkles are different from the type treated with dermal fillers. Most commonly, botulinum toxin is used for the frown lines between the eyebrows, but it can also be used to treat crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines. We also use botulinum toxin to treat bunny lines on the nose, vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines), chin dimpling, and vertical neck bands. It can also be used to shape or lift the eyebrows and raise the corners of the mouth.
Non-cosmetic use of BOTOX includes treatment of headaches, certain neuromuscular disorders and localized excessive sweating, especially of the armpits.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF BOTULINUM TOXIN TREATMENT?
Side effects can occur, but they are uncommon and temporary. One common side effect is bruising at the injection site. Some people may have a mild headache after injection. The most common significant complication, which is rare, is temporary drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows. More uncommon, mild headaches, numbness, tingling, or a feeling of heaviness may occur; however, these symptoms disappear in 1 to 2 days.
WHO CANNOT HAVE BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTIONS?
Botulinum toxin injections should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It is also contraindicated in people with certain neuromuscular diseases such as myasthenia gravis. Caution is advised in people taking the following medications:
- Certain antibiotics (may increase the effect of botulinum toxin)
- Blood thinning agents (may result in bruising)