BOTOX® Cosmetic: What You Need to Know


Over the last couple of decades, millions of people have had BOTOX® Cosmetic injections in the U.S. and it’s popularity has skyrocketed simply because it is so effective at reducing wrinkles on the face, without any surgery or downtime. BOTOX® provides you with a fast, convenient treatment that will last several months before touch-up is necessary. To learn more, please call our practice in Scottsdale at 480-767-7700.

What BOTOX® Is, Exactly

BOTOX® has been used for decades to smooth wrinkles. This FDA-approved injectable drug is made from a neuromuscular inhibitor. It's a safe and effective liquid that is injected beneath the skin. The formula decreases the activity of targeted muscles, allowing the skin to relax and smooth out. Popular treatment areas are:

  • The ''11s", which are the vertical lines between your eyebrows
  • Crow's feet
  • Forehead lines

BOTOX® stops the muscle from pulling the skin into furrows and folds, which is what is causing the appearance of a wrinkle.

Myths about Frozen Facial Expressions are Untrue when You Choose an Experienced Provider

Woman at the beach topless with a close-up on the faceYou may have heard one of the biggest myths out there: BOTOX® will always cause a frozen look. Actually, when your provider is experienced and knows what they are doing, your results look naturally rejuvenating. Results should be subtle enough that no one knows you've had injections and yet so effective that the targeted wrinkles are softened.

While it's possible to get a bad result when an inexperienced provider is chosen, our skilled injector knows how and where to place the injections precisely, and she knows exactly how much to dose for any given wrinkle and treatment area.

It's Best to Plan at Least a Few Days Out

While it's true that BOTOX® doesn't require downtime, the injection sites may look a little red and swollen for a day or two. You can cover up the area with cosmetics the day after your appointment. Nonetheless, you may want to have the injection appointment completed a couple weeks prior to any important events you have planned, such as weddings, graduations, holiday parties, job interviews, etc. This timeline ensures redness and swelling is gone, and your results will look their best at this point after treatment.

You Can Boost Wrinkle-Reducing Results with Lifestyle Changes

BOTOX® is one of the most effective ways to smooth out wrinkles immediately, but you can boost the results you get from this injectable by preventing future fine lines:

  • Protect your skin from the sun. UV damage is a major contributor to signs of aging. In fact, the sun may be responsible for up to 90 percent of the changes you see in your skin. Wear sunscreen when you're outside for extended periods of time. Use daily moisturizer that is SPF-rated, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when out for a stroll.
  • Eat healthy. What we eat has a direct effect on our skin. Fresh fruit and vegetables are good for your skin because of the vitamins and minerals they contain. Plain water keeps your body and skin hydrated. Processed foods and added sugars tend to be bad for our health and for our skin.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking dramatically ages your face. Kick the habit if you haven't already.

Schedule Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Appointment in Scottsdale

Ready to find out if you are a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic? Or, are you ready to touch up your BOTOX® results? If so, please call the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey in Scottsdale at 480-767-7700. We have been providing this injectable and others for years. It's a great way to rejuvenate your entire facial appearance with a minimally invasive, no-downtime treatment.