BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure.  Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles. Botox initially was used  to treat medical conditions such as voice cord abnormalities, eye muscle imbalance, and muscle spasms. It is also found to help with some types headaches. It has been FDA approved for cosmetic use since 2002 and Dr. Harriman has been safely injecting patients with Botox for over 20 years. She was using it initially for treatment of medical conditions and then for cosmetic use since the FDA approval in 2002.

Before Treatment

To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to treatment. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed. Digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after treatment.

The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and generally last 3-4 months. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. This has been proven in the clinical setting as well with many returning patients being able wait up to 6 months between treatments. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic  results. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.

Post-Treatment Information

After the treatment patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Side effects are uncommon and  BOTOX® Cosmetic is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.