Botox® is made of a highly purified protein derived from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Dr. Morton injects Botox® under the skin and to decrease the movement of specific facial muscles that cause some lines and wrinkles on the face. Whenever we make a facial expression, the muscles react by contracting, pulling on the overlying skin and creating creases and folds. Botox® blocks these nerve signals that cause these muscles to contract, to prevent the formation of lines and folds. The injections temporarily smooth away wrinkles including crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines that form between the brows. Because Botox® targets facial muscles that affect expressions, it’s important that injections are administered by a surgeon with a wealth of understanding of the intricacies of facial structures, such as Dr. Morton.
This simple office procedure takes no longer than 15 minutes. Dr. Morton will administer Botox® injections through very fine needles, which feel like a small pinching sensation. Patients occasionally experience mild bruising following treatment, which can last between 7-10 days. It’s extremely important to avoid rubbing the area injected after treatment to prevent Botox® from spreading to surrounding tissues, as this can cause temporary localized paralysis or weakening, especially the area near the eyelids. Dr. Morton uses the utmost care and precision with his injection technique, to ensure patients get a youthful appearance without negatively impacting their facial functionality.
In most cases, patients see results within two weeks of having Botox® injections and they continue to see improvements during the next few weeks. Results last for about 4-6 months, but patients can continue to receive Botox® injections to maintain results for longer periods each time.
No recovery time necessary following treatment. Some patients even schedule treatment during their lunch hour and return to work right after. Patients may experience some redness at the injection site, but it can easily be covered with concealer. Patients should avoid exposure to sunlight and avoid touching the injected area.