BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are one of the greatest advancements yet in the treatment and prevention of facial wrinkles. Millions of BOTOX Cosmetic procedures have been performed, making it one of the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedures in the United States. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki personally evaluates each of the patients who visit him for BOTOX from Washington, DC, Maryland and other nearby communities and administers each BOTOX injection himself.
To learn more about BOTOX Cosmetic and other non-surgical treatments, request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 741-3409.
At his practice in Washington, DC, Dr. Chaboki can use BOTOX Cosmetic before or after any cosmetic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or in conjunction with other med spa services. There is no recovery period, and you can even have a treatment on your lunch break. Wrinkles will smooth out a few days after treatment and typical results last about 4 months. As time goes on, the results may begin to last longer. The effect on forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow's feet can be remarkable — and BOTOX Cosmetic can even be used to elevate drooping eyebrows.
Since all the wrinkles mentioned above are the result of years of frowns and smiles, there's some indication that early treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic could possibly prevent these lines from ever appearing in the first place.
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What Is BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX Cosmetic is a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment that can temporarily smooth facial wrinkles. It is typically used for frown lines and crow's feet. Patients who have wrinkles that form due to muscular movement (generally between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and on the sides of the eyes) will find the most benefit with BOTOX Cosmetic. It can be repeated for continued improvement.
BOTOX Cosmetic is made with a purified protein which is injected with a very small needle. It works by relaxing the muscles of the face, so that the skin lies flat.
Before the procedure. Dr. Chaboki will perform a comprehensive cosmetic and medical evaluation and determine if BOTOX is appropriate for you.
The procedure. For the majority of patients, no anesthesia is required. Dr. Chaboki applies ice packs to the area before and after treatment. He uses the smallest possible needle to gently inject BOTOX. Discomfort is minimal and brief. The entire injection procedure takes less than 5 minutes.
After the procedure. There's no recovery time needed, and you're ready to get on with your day. The most common side effects following injection include temporary swelling and bruising.
Seeing results. You may notice an improvement within days, but maximum results occur by 2 weeks. The beneficial effect on wrinkles may last up to 4 months, although results may vary.
In addition to wrinkle reduction, Dr. Chaboki may use BOTOX Cosmetic in alterative facial treatments in appropriate patients, such as:
- Migraine headache
- Jaw reduction
- Facial sweat reduction
- Facial paralysis
If you're pleased with the aesthetic improvement of a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment, you'll want to get on a treatment schedule so you can maintain the results. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows will gradually look the way they did before treatment.
Risks and Side Effects
Typical side effects from injections are minor swelling and bruising. BOTOX is not an option for patients who:
- Have an infection or acne flare-up in the area of injection.
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX Cosmetic.
- Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or think they might be pregnant.
- Have a neuromuscular disorder, such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome or Alzheimer's disease.
- Are using any of the following medications: gentamicin, tobramycin, clindamycin, and lincomycin.
Combining BOTOX & BOTOX Alternatives
BOTOX Cosmetic is frequently and safely combined with other med spa services and facial plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Chaboki can combine your BOTOX injections with these other procedures for a customized treatment plan. For example, he often recommends a basic skin care regimen and chemical peels for more complete skin rejuvenation.
BOTOX does not fill-in or add volume to the skin. A plumping effect can be achieved with facial fillers or fat transfer. If you're looking for more permanent results, Dr. Chaboki might suggest facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or a face lift.