ABOUT Botox® Cosmetic

In an ideal world, healthy eating, ample sleep and proper skin care would be all we need to preserve our youth. In reality, maintaining smooth and beautiful skin is far more complicated. Every smile, squint, frown, wink and astonished eyebrow raise causes our facial muscles to contract and crease the overlying skin. After making the same facial gestures repeatedly for years, expression lines that were once short-lived can become permanent fixtures.

Botox® Cosmetic is a well-known and popular anti-aging treatment that provides amazing results. By temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for expression lines, Botox® Cosmetic can refresh your complexion with just one treatment. Skin Artisans at Edina Plastic Surgery is a leading destination for professional Botox® Cosmetic services in the Minneapolis area.

Botox® Cosmetic targets the underlying causes of dynamic lines and wrinkles in the skin. It is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin type A and works by blocking nerve activity in the muscles. When the toxin is directed into a muscle, it interferes with nerve signals that activate muscle contractions, thereby softening the lines formed by the muscle’s constant movement.

Physicians have used Botox® Cosmetic in various ways since 1989. After first earning FDA approval for medical purposes, Botox® Cosmetic has become one of the most requested cosmetic treatments in the world. Millions of people receive Botox® Cosmetic injections to treat unwanted wrinkles each year.


Botox® Cosmetic is a remarkably versatile treatment that can benefit women and men of nearly any age or skin type. Although it is often used by patients in their mid-30s and above to relax existing wrinkles, it is also popular as a preventative treatment for younger patients who wish to stave off future lines. All candidates for Minneapolis Botox® Cosmetic must be in good health and have realistic expectations about the improvements a nonsurgical treatment can achieve.

Women who are pregnant or nursing and individuals with certain allergies or medical conditions are not suitable candidates for Botox® Cosmetic. Your Skin Artisans provider may recommend alternative options if it is appropriate.


Our licensed injector professionals are experts. Besides working on the typical areas like foreheads and the corners of the eyes, they also correct problems or concerns around the mouth, chin, neck and upper chest.

Neck and Chin: Botox® Cosmetic is used in the neck’s platysmal bands (sides of the neck and up to the jaw) and necklace lines. These bands may become prominent with age, as this area of skin often loses elasticity and underlying soft tissue support. Botox® Cosmetic injections help to make the bands and lines less pronounced.

Decolletage: Botox® Cosmetic in the décollete (neckline and upper chest) area is used to diminish fine wrinkling.

Lower Eyelid: We can treat the jellyroll area under the eyelid with Botox® Cosmetic. This concern is most noticeable in certain individuals when they smile broadly. When Botox® Cosmetic is injected into the middle of the lower eyelid, it makes the eye look more open and youthful.

Necklace Lines: The lack of soft tissue support that worsens with age leads to persistent horizontal lines and creases in the neck. Botox® Cosmetic injections help diminish these lines.

Chin: Botox® Cosmetic is used in the chin to reduce dimpling or “orange peel skin.” It relaxes the muscle in the chin so that the dimply effect reduces significantly or softens.

Corners of the Mouth/Marionette Lines: As some people age, the corners of their mouths become downturned, giving them a “crabby” or “unhappy” look. We can inject Botox® Cosmetic to relax the muscles and help make the corners more upturned. Patients achieve a look that is friendlier and more approachable.

Eyebrow (Lateral): Botox® Cosmetic can be injected to reduce eyelid hooding to produce some of the benefits of a lateral brow lift.

Crow’s Feet: If the crow’s feet around your eyes are dynamic, there will be a significant improvement with Botox® Cosmetic to this area. However, if the crow’s feet are mostly static and the results of photodynamic and chronological aging, the improvement may be disappointing.

Bunny Lines: For creases on the nasal dorsum (nasal “scrunch”), Botox® Cosmetic injections can help soften and/or eliminate those lines.

Vertical Lip Lines: Botox® Cosmetic can reduce the appearance of lip lines. These lines can often be traced to behaviors that involve the puckering of the mouth, including smoking, beverage straw use, playing musical instruments, singing and whistling. A side effect of injecting Botox® Cosmetic to the lip is an eversion of the lip most commonly called a “lip flip”.

Gummy Smile: If you’re self-conscious about showing too much gum tissue when you smile, you may have a hyperactive upper lip muscle. Using Botox® Cosmetic in this muscle can relax it so your upper lip doesn’t elevate as much.

In addition to the above cosmetic concerns, Botox® Cosmetic has a variety of therapeutic applications, including the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraines, strabismus (crossed eyes) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort. Injecting Botox® Cosmetic into enlarged masseter muscles can actually slim the jawline making it look less heavy or bulky. Another benefit is giving relief to patients who grind or clench their teeth.

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Before your Botox® Cosmetic procedure, you will have a consultation with one of our experienced licensed injectors. This one-on-one time is an essential part of achieving safe and satisfying results. Your injector will examine your skin, inquire about your medical history and discuss any medications you currently take. If this assessment determines that Botox® Cosmetic is right for your needs, your injector will create a unique treatment plan and the procedure can continue.

Botox® Cosmetic injections are performed with a fine needle and are virtually painless with few or no side effects. At Skin Artisans, we take extra steps to make sure you are comfortable and at ease while receiving your treatment. Your injector will administer small amounts of Botox® Cosmetic into very specific areas to achieve your desired look.


There’s a good reason you often hear Botox® Cosmetic called a “lunchtime procedure.” The injections only take a few minutes and you can return to regular activities as soon as it’s done — meaning you could schedule a Botox® Cosmetic appointment during your lunch hour and get back to work right away. Redness and swelling may appear around the treated areas, but if these effects occur, they are temporary and usually mild. Serious adverse effects are rare.

Your injector will provide you with post-treatment instructions and ensure you are fully informed about what to expect after your Botox® Cosmetic procedure.


As aesthetic nurse specialists in skin care and aesthetic enhancement, the team at Skin Artisans knows precisely how to inject Botox® Cosmetic so you get a softer, smoother appearance while maintaining natural expression. Most patients can expect to see results in 7 – 14 days and enjoy their results for three to four months before another treatment is required to prevent the treated lines from reappearing.

Botox® Cosmetic often produces the best results when used in conjunction with other anti-aging treatments. Dermal fillers may be used to address deeper lines, folds, provide structure definition and restore volume to depleted areas. These two types of injectables are cornerstones of nonsurgical, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Your Skin Artisans specialist may also suggest a treatment to improve the tone, texture, hydration and radiance of your skin.


Botox® Cosmetic is a powerful tool in the fight against facial aging. This treatment is a popular choice for women and men throughout the Edina and Minneapolis areas who desire a natural, youthful look. Our goal is to refresh your appearance and reveal your best features, not change who you are or hide what makes you unique. To schedule a private consultation, please call our office at 952-767-3163 or request an appointment online. We welcome your visit.

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