Botox Cosmetic is a popular treatment for treating visible lines and wrinkles on the forehead. Used in more than 70 countries worldwide, Botox is likely the most popular treatment offered by cosmetic plastic surgeons. Aside from its cosmetic applications, Botox is widely used for therapeutic treatments, including management of hyperhidrosis and muscle spasms.

Indications for Botox Cosmetic

Treatment indications for Botox include the following criteria:

  • Moderate to severe glabellar (frown) lines
  • Lines caused by corrugator and procerus muscle movement
  • 18 to 65 years of age

The glabella is the smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows. Vertical lines typically form on the glabella after years of regular facial expression, which is the reason many refer to these lines as "frown lines." Botox Cosmetic effectively blocks the chemical signal from the nerves to these small facial muscles, causing a temporary, localized paralysis of the area. When this mechanism takes effect, the glabellar lines flatten out and become less visible.

Your Botox Procedure with Dr. Morse

First, the doctor identifies the areas for correction and chooses an appropriate dose of Botox. Dosage may vary between patients, partly depending on the size of the facial muscles being injected. Topical anesthetic is an option, but typically not needed during a routine Botox injection. During this brief (about 15 minutes) procedure, Dr. Morse injects Botox using a special technique.

What to Expect After Botox Treatment

There's no downtime after a Botox injection, so you can return to your normal routine immediately. However, Dr. Morse may advise you to refrain from drinking alcohol, avoid sun exposure and remain upright for 6 hours. The results should be noticeable within 1 week and last about 4 - 6 months.

If you're interested in Botox treatment, please contact the office of Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Martin Morse.