What is Botox?
Over time, as the sun damages your skin, the temporary wrinkles that form on your forehead when you move your facial muscles may become permanent, making you look stern, tired or angry even when the underlying muscles are still.
Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines in older adults.
Who is it for?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider botox treatment:
- Deep lines between your eyes make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset.
- Your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead.
- There is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle.
- You suffer from migraine headaches and botulinum toxin may provide relief from this condition.
Regardless of the type of procedure to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery. Your doctor may ask you to stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure.
Inform the plastic surgeon if:
- You have had botulinum toxin injections in the past.
- You are using NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil or Aleve), anticoagulants or blood thinners.
- You are taking muscle relaxants, allergy or sleeping medication.
What to expect during treatment
- Botox injections can usually be completed on the same day as the initial evaluation. They do not require hours to perform or days to recover.
- Once you and your surgeon have decided on an appropriate treatment, he or she will prepare you and the medication for the procedure.
- The injection site will be cleansed and will usually not require anesthesia prior to injection.
- The needles used are very short and thin, causing minimal pain.
- Depending on your specific concerns and condition, a number of injections will be needed to achieve the desired result.
- Slight pain, short-lasting swelling, and minimal redness and bleeding will likely occur as a result of your procedure.
- After the injections you can return to your regular activities immediately; however, strenuous activity is discouraged for the remainder of the day.
- Redness and swelling that occur at the time of injection usually resolve quickly. Any bruising that might occur will usually resolve over a week or two.
- Avoid massaging or touching the injected area afterwards; this may inadvertently cause the botulinum toxin to spread to an unintended area.
- Lying down or inverting the body shortly after injection can also cause complications.
- Avoid strenuous or vigorous activities for the rest of the day.
- Ask or call the office before taking painkillers or medication.
Limitations and Risks
Although all procedures have some degree of risk, government-approved injections of botulinum toxin are relatively low risk in the hands of an expert injector. The most common side effects are:
- Temporary muscle weakness.
- Redness, irritation and swelling at the injection site.
- In rare instances, patients may experience dry mouth, headache, dizziness, nausea and fever.
- If you have a symptom that is more serious, such as a rash or trouble breathing, please call us immediately.