BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly purified protein injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause some kinds of wrinkles. While BOTOX® can treat certain medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, it is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, primarily to reduce wrinkles on the face and neck. BOTOX® injections are relatively painless, as the needle used is significantly smaller than those used for other injectable fillers.
The best candidates for BOTOX® are men and women seeking an enhanced appearance with fewer wrinkles. In addition, it is important that those seeking treatment are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder. People seeking BOTOX® injections should have realistic expectations regarding this procedure's abilities and should discuss their desired goals with their doctor beforehand.
BOTOX® injections are administered by a qualified physician using a very fine needle. The procedure only takes a few minutes and requires no anesthetic. Day-to-day activities can be resumed immediately afterwards. Wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours, with continued improvement over the next 5 days.
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. Any risk of complication can be reduced by choosing a qualified and experienced physician.
BOTOX® is also performed therapeutically to treat blepharospasm and sweating. Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia characterized by increased blinking and involuntary closing of the eyes. BOTOX® will relax the muscle, stopping the involuntary blinking. BOTOX® also treats hyperhydrosis, (excessive sweating) for the underarms and hands.
Juvéderm® is a FDA-approved formula that lasts up to one year. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize the mild discomfort associated with earlier forms of this treatment. The injection of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration—is administered directly to targeted areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds while also smoothing the skin. Most patients achieve their desired results in just one treatment session and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to maintain results.
Latisse® is the first and only FDA approved treatment for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Latisse is a breakthrough treatment to enhance eyelash prominence by increasing length, thickness, and darkness. Available only through prescription, Latisse is a once-daily treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes. Patients using Latisse can expect to experience longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes in as little as four weeks, with full results in sixteen weeks.
Latisse causes eyelashes to grow because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in the anagen (or growth) phase. Eyelashes can grow longer, thicker, and darker because bimatoprost can also increase the duration of this growth phase.
Latisse does not replace mascara, as it creates lashes that are actually longer and darker, instead of just appearing to be so. Mascara can be used as a nice complement to Latisse in order to further enhance your lashes and create a fuller, more attractive look.
To obtain the best results for your eyelashes, Latisse should be applied routinely with consistency and precision. It is important to apply the medication each night, as part of your daily routine. Latisse should be applied after makeup and contact lenses are removed, and other skincare products have already been applied.
Latisse is applied with a disposable applicator that is coated in one drop of the solution and then applied to the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes, similar to how liquid eyeliner is applied. It is important to blot any excess solution from the area in order to prevent it from spreading to other areas. Each Latisse applicator should only be used once to prevent any contamination or infection. If you miss an application one night, you should not try to catch up. Simply stay on schedule and continue to apply Latisse each night.
If you want longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes, you are most likely a candidate for Latisse. Not everyone, however, may be right for the treatment. Your doctor will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. You should not use Latisse if you have an active eye condition, such as an eye infection, or have broken or irritated skin on your eyelid. If you are using products for elevated intraocular pressure, you should use Latisse only after consulting with your doctor.
Although rare, the most common side effects of using Latisse are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or redness of the eyes. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. Latisse may also cause other less common side effects which generally occur on the skin close to where Latisse is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, redness of the eyelids, eye irritation, and dryness of the eyes. These symptoms typically resolve after discontinuing Latisse.