After years of repetitive muscle movement, the skin may eventually develop fine lines and deep creases. As some of the first noticeable signs of aging, these wrinkles can make the face take on an unhappy, angry, and unhealthy appearance. While little can be done at home to improve these lines, a safe, noninvasive treatment is available at American Self Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics in Richmond, Virginia.
Botulinum Toxin, Botox Cosmetic, is a muscle-paralyzing toxin, designed to ease Dynamic Wrinkles, or those caused by repetitive action. As the targeted muscles relax, the facial lines and creases will become smooth. Injected directly into the facial folds, Botox will temporarily ease muscle tension. Areas that can see the most improvement from Botox Cosmetic include Crow’s Feet (at the corners of the eyes), Forehead Creases, and Frown Lines (at the corners of the mouth).
Facial fillers are used to plump Static Wrinkles, or those caused by the loss of tissue elasticity. When a filler is used in combination with Botox Cosmetic injections, patients will receive optimal facial rejuvenation. Botox can also be combined with various laser treatments, chemical peels, or surgical procedures, such as a Blepharoplasty, to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance.
The Ideal Candidate for Botox Cosmetic Treatment
Men and women, frustrated with the early signs of aging, may find excellent results from Botox Cosmetic. Potential candidates for a Botox Cosmetic Treatment should be in good health, understand the procedure, and have realistic expectations for the results. Botox is safe for any age patient, as well as all skin types and ethnicities.
The Botox Procedure
Botox Cosmetic is provided in the luxurious American Self office-suite. Treatments will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Once the targeted muscle areas have been determined, the provider will apply Botox using a fine needle. The injections are painless; therefore no anesthetic is required. However, patients may request a topical numbing agent to increase their comfort level.
Results from a Botox treatment will not be immediately noticeable. These will begin to show after 14 to 21 days. Three weeks after treatment, the full benefits will be visible. Botox Cosmetic results will last from three to four months. After this time, a repeat treatment will be necessary to maintain the youthful results.
Risks from Botox
Botox Cosmetic has been used for many years to treat facial lines. It has been proven to be safe and effective. As long as Botox is applied by an experienced, well-trained professional, few complications should occur. There is always the minor risk for side-effects, however. These can include redness, bruising, infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. American Self Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics has been providing patients with expert Botox Cosmetic treatments for over ten years. Dr. Hillelson brings almost 30 years of medical experience to each Botox candidate.
Will my Botox session be painful?
No, Botox Cosmetic is not considered painful. Patients may report a slight pinching sensation during the injection, but this will quickly fade.
Is any anesthesia used for the Botox Cosmetic procedure?
Since Botox Cosmetic injections are not painful, no anesthesia is normally required. American Self does provide patients with the option of a topical or local anesthetic for added comfort.
How long is a session with Botox Cosmetic?
Botox injections at American Self will take from 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
How long will my Botox Cosmetic results last?
The results from Botox can last between three and four months. After which time a quick repeat treatment will maintain the results.