Dr. Dina Eliopoulos, MD
Center for Plastic Surgery
Botox® Cosmetic - A Popular Cosmetic Procedure
Botox® is a popular
treating early and telltale
signs of aging.
According to yearly
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, BOTOX
Cosmetic continues to be the most common non
surgical cosmetic procedure. So you’re not alone if
you’ve been considering this highly effective beauty
BOTOX is a safe purified protein approved by the FDA
for medical purposes and also for this cosmetic use.
While many celebrities depend on BOTOX Cosmetic to
maintain their charm and good looks, the majority of
BOTOX users are every day men and women trying to
enhance their appearance and restore a more
rejuvenated look to their face.
Frown lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet appear on the face
because of repetitive muscle contraction. Botox® helps
by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical
that causes muscles to contract. The injected muscles
are temporarily relaxed. With less movement, the skin
surface gradually smoothes out, giving the face a
bright, fresh, and relaxed look.
Botox injection is an outpatient procedure done in a
doctor’s office. Plastic surgeons require about 15 to
20 minutes for completing the treatment. Discomfort is
minimal and no anesthetic is required. Small amounts
of the protein are injected in selected regions that
would help bring about the desired results. Patients can
notice considerable difference in their looks in a few
Those who undergo the procedure may experience
localized pinkness or slight swelling at the injection site
which typically resolves in less than one hour. Some
patients may experience temporary bruising at the
injected region which can be effectively concealed by
makeup and typically resolves in no time.
It must be noted that Botox® does not offer a
permanent cure or solut