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Botox Cosmetic St. Petersburg

As we get older, many of us dislike the increasing number of wrinkles on our face. As with other types of facial aging, wrinkles can have many causes. One cause of wrinkles is involuntary action of muscles in the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce the appearance of these wrinkles by encouraging overactive muscles to relax. When these muscles relax, the wrinkles and folds they create are smoothed.

Injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, but it may not be the best solution for every type of wrinkle. Before getting injections of BOTOX®, it’s important to talk to an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you understand your treatment options and decide which is best for you. To have your wrinkles evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon and get personalized recommendations, please contact Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso at Gayoso Plastic Surgery today.

How Muscles Cause Wrinkles

Muscle memory is an essential part of the way we learn to do certain activities. From chopping vegetables to driving a car to shooting a basketball, repetition of conscious activities teaches our muscles how to perform a task with less and less conscious intervention. Unfortunately, this also works for our facial muscles, and after the repeated contractions to make facial expressions such as smiling or frowning can train our muscles to do those activities on their own. Once the muscles start contracting involuntarily, they create permanent lines in your forehead, at the corners of your eyes, and elsewhere.

These lines then become further accentuated as your skin loses its elasticity and develops creases where the habitual contraction creates folds.

How BOTOX® Cosmetic Reduces Wrinkles

BOTOX® reduces the appearance of some wrinkles by overcoming your muscles’ habitual contractions. BOTOX® tells these over-enthusiastic muscles to relax. Once these muscles relax, the fold they create smoothes. Depending on the quality of your skin, a crease or other trace may remain. These traces can be reduced using various skin care methods, including laser skin resurfacing.

BOTOX® can often be used to treat these wrinkles:

  • Horizontal lines in the forehead
  • Vertical lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
  • Crow’s feet
  • “Bunny lines” on the side of your nose
  • “Lipstick lines” around your mouth
  • Neck banding

Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso will evaluate you to determine if BOTOX® is appropriate to treat your wrinkles during your consultation.

The effects of BOTOX® is temporary, lasting about four months or so, which means you will need repeated treatment to maintain your results.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?

Yes. BOTOX® injections are the most common cosmetic medical procedure performed, with millions of procedures performed every year. Some people experience side effects such as droopy eyelids, but most people just see the results they desire. Reports of serious side effects are generally associated with the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of tremors or other involuntary muscle movements, which requires injections of much larger quantities.

Side effects associated with cosmetic use of BOTOX® are generally minor and are often the result of use by an inexperienced injector.

Why Choose Dr. Gayoso for Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection

Although many people offer BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, not everyone is equally qualified to perform the injections. Performing the injections well depends on a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy, especially the musculature that moves the skin. A board-certified plastic surgeon knows this anatomy well. Also important is to work with an injector who has experience with performing the injections and therefore understands the likely effects on a wide variety of individuals.

Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped thousands of people from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and across Florida experience the benefits of facial rejuvenation procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic. To learn more about BOTOX®, or other facial rejuvenation treatments including dermal fillers, please call or email Dr. Gayoso at Gayoso Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.