BOTOX has been the go-to injectable to treat facial lines and wrinkles since it works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for wrinkles. Frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes and furrowed brows can all be treated with BOTOX by the skilled cosmetic surgeon at STARS Plastic Surgery. Derived from the toxin, Botulinum toxin Type A, this injectable has been proven to be safe and effective for a majority of patients. Patients can expect to have a smoother, younger-looking face almost immediately with results lasting around 3-4 months.
Tiny doses of BOTOX are injected into the skin where wrinkles are noticeable. It is normally done in the doctor’s office and the procedure can last from 15 to 30 minutes. The number of injections and dose amounts administered varies by patient depending on the severity of wrinkles. Patients are first marked with ink prior to the injection so that the practitioner can accurately inject the areas in need of wrinkle softening. This procedure does not create any discomfort other than a normal prick that comes with a small needle. A numbing cream may be applied to help with any discomfort. Patients will be able to go home right after treatment with no downtime from their normal routine.
"I recently had an appointment with Dawn for Botox and I have to say that from the time I entered the facility to the time I left everything ran smoothly in the office. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I am extremely happy with the results. Dawn made me feel comfortable and explained everything to me. Felt like I knew her for years ;-) . I highly recommend Stars Plastic Surgery."- A.G. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"They were wonderful......."- D.D. / Facebook / Dec 23, 2020
"Dr. O’ Toole did an excellent job with my Botox. She took the time to listen to my concerns, was not rushed to find the perfect spots on my face to give the injections which ended up giving me the exact results I was wanting. She was patient, courteous and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend Dr. O’Toole!"- T.C. / Google / Mar 02, 2021
"Dawn the NP is wonderful! Definitely will go back for more services. Has a very soft touch. Didn’t feel a thing."- E.C. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2021
"I highly recommend STARS Plastic Surgery, the NP Dawn is really good at what she does. I got Botox with her and I didn’t even feel a thing, and I’m already loving my results! Will definitely be coming back again and again with her. She’s your go to if you ever need any Botox/Filler! Everyone in the clinic was so nice; Dawn, Alex, Andria, Wendell, and Dr. Davis. This is the place to go if you want to feel your best. They make you feel at home right away"- D.R. / Google / May 13, 2022
What to Expect
After treatment, mild swelling and bruising may appear on the injection spots. Patients are advised to limit exercise and to sleep in an upright position the same night as the treatment. The redness and swelling will only last for a few hours, but some patients may experience bruising for several days. There are bruising medications, such as Arnica, that patients can take a week prior to treatment to help minimize bruising. The results from a BOTOX treatment take 5-7 days to appear. When they do, the face will look smoother and brighter, and patients will feel rejuvenated by their fresh appearance.
How Safe Is It?
When administered properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. BOTOX is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It is safe and effective, and approved by the FDA. BOTOX is also used to treat other medical conditions such as squints, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking and migraines.
There is an ongoing trend where people who wish to have BOTOX treatments will gather together and administer the BOTOX doses themselves called ‘BOTOX cocktail parties’. This is very risky. BOTOX, when administered incorrectly, may paralyze unintended muscles that can result in an abnormal facial appearance. BOTOX treatments should be done in a medical setting with an experienced, skilled injector.
Same As BOTOX?
In recent years, BOTOX has seen some competition as other drugs have been approved by the FDA and introduced to the aesthetic market. Dysport and Xeomin are muscle relaxers similar to BOTOX. Each has its specific trending function that can be addressed during the initial consultation. Sometimes, a combination of the drugs is used to treat various areas. For example, BOTOX for frown lines, and Dysport for crow’s feet.
Are Fillers Better?
BOTOX and fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments with the ability to decrease wrinkles and smoothen facial areas. The difference with each is the way the substances function to create the rejuvenating effect. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. BOTOX, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles underneath the skin so that the muscles cannot contract, allowing a softer effect on the surface. It is very common for patients to undergo treatment using both a muscle relaxer and an injectable filler to attain optimal results.
Today, practitioners are treating patients of all ages with BOTOX. For some individuals, for example those as young as 30, BOTOX is considered a preventative way to prevent facial wrinkles. For others (i.e. 40 years old and older), it is a rejuvenation effort to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Older individuals (55 and up) will still receive great benefit from having BOTOX injections, but for some, a facelift technique might be a better option to consider.
How Long Does It Last?
A BOTOX injection will last between 3-4 months. The treatment can be repeated every quarter and for most patients who receive this treatment, they usually come back for more. BOTOX is an effective, easy and safe way to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Patients consider it a part of their normal beauty routine.
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