Taking the first step and visiting a plastic surgeon can bring a certain level of anxiety in some cosmetic surgery patients. Some patients may not be sure what they need in order to look better and don’t want to appear uninformed in the office. Some may feel embarrassed or not be comfortable sharing their concerns with someone other than their significant other. Others may be apprehensive that the plastic surgeon may only recommend surgical procedures instead of nonsurgical treatments.
After basic skin care, Botox is one of the earliest treatments patients consider to rejuvenate their appearance. It’s the first step for many. Botox has been available for several years for aesthetic improvements, including the Crow’s feet and forehead areas.
What is Botox?
First, Botox is are part of large collection of nonsurgical office treatments, which may be referred to as a liquid lift or nonsurgical facelift. These treatments can help enhance one’s appearance without the downtime of plastic surgery. Dysport® is a newer alternative to Botox, which acts similarly to improve wrinkles. Bruising and swelling is typically minimal and short term.
Read more about the wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox and Dysport.
Are there other cosmetic treatments other than Botox?
The nonsurgical aspect of aesthetic medicine is continuously growing and evolving. One may come in thinking that Botox is the only option available for their particular concern, but your plastic surgeon will suggest another appropriate treatment.
Facial fillers, fat transfer, laser treatments, micro needling, thread lift, and energy-based (ex. ultrasound, radio frequency, freezing, etc) cosmetic devices are just some of the nonsurgical treatments available in offices. However, surgery hasn’t been replaced in appropriate candidates. The decision as to the best cosmetic treatment is based on many factors, such as your individual anatomy, available downtime, and personal preference. Your plastic surgeon can help guide you and determine your “best” option.
Who should get Botox?
Any adult patient who wants to improve their appearance may be a candidate for these nonsurgical treatments with Botox or Dysport. We’ve treated men and women from their 20’s through their 80’s with office cosmetic treatments. A majority of patients are working professionals, while many are in all aspects of life (ex. students, retirees, etc) who also come to improve their appearance.
The plastic surgeon will evaluate your skin and facial structures. Some areas typically don’t get Botox and Dysport (ex. cheeks), while some areas are great for these wrinkle relaxers (ex. forehead).
In addition, your plastic surgeon will review your medical and surgical history which may affect possible treatments. Patients with certain medical conditions or medications may not be candidates for wrinkle relaxers.
What happens during Botox treatment?
Your plastic surgeon will first review your personal goals and help develop a treatment plan. Makeup from the treatment area is removed. A variety of methods, such as topical ice, numbing creams, or local anesthesia are used to help reduce discomfort. After waiting a few minutes for numbing, the skin is cleansed with alcohol or similar cleanser. The treatment itself is very quick, typically a few minutes or faster. Many patients report brief pressure during treatment. Pain is uncommon after treatment. If makeup is allowed afterward, then patients may reapply makeup in the office as appropriate. Most patients are in and out of the office within 30-60 minutes, depending on multiple factors.
Will I see results immediately after Botox treatment?
Unlike facial fillers with immediate changes, Botox and Dysport takes a few days to take affect. Some patients may need touch-up treatments after a couple weeks. Results last approximately three months.
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