One of the most popular services provided by Dr. Lisa J. Learn for patients at her Ft. Lauderdale office is Botox® injection therapy. This particular service is one you might be considering for several different reasons. No matter your motivation, though, it’s important to understand why this treatment is used and how it actually works.
If you decide Botox is something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to call our office for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Learn!
Why People Choose Botox®
There are some out there who mistakenly believe Botox® is simply something used by older people to eliminate wrinkles. Now, this product absolutely can provide younger-looking skin, but age does not define candidates for facial rejuvenation!
In fact, women and men of various ages may elect to undergo this procedure for different reasons.
In addition to creating a more youthful look for patients, Botox® can be used to decrease animation and frown lines, which can make you look tired or angry. This injection therapy then creates a fresher, brighter look that more accurately captures the person you really are.
More specifically, Dr. Learn can use Botox® to:
- Prevent and smooth established wrinkles
- Enhance facial features by selectively weakening certain muscles in the face
- Soften wrinkles and lines, without creating an overdone blank or “mask-like” look
- Improve brow position for a natural-looking, lifted brow, without needing surgery
These kinds of enhancements are perfect for those who want to make a change, but aren’t quite ready to undergo surgery!
Further, this therapy has been proven—and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—to help patients who suffer from migraine headaches or hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
How the Treatment Works
Put simply, Botox® cosmetic injections work by temporarily blocking nerves and weakening or paralyzing muscles in the areas of your face where you’d like to reduce wrinkles.
From a more technical perspective:
Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, controls muscle movement – which is responsible for causing fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin (Botox®) is able to effectively block acetylcholine release. In turn, this temporarily weakens muscle movement and softens the crease created by contracting muscles.
This is a nonsurgical, noninvasive injection performed with a thin needle (to inject this prescription medication into designated areas). The process itself is quick and you will have no significant downtime.
Some patients report minimal discomfort, but Dr. Learn can use local anesthesia to prevent this (if you would like).
After the procedure, it is important that you be careful not to rub or massage any treated areas until results are final.
Results are typically seen in only 2-3 days, and can last anywhere from a few months to a year. Follow-up injections will help to maintain your wrinkle-free, fresh-faced appearance.
You should understand that all cosmetic procedures carry the potential for risks, which will be fully discussed with you during your consultation. In this case, the most common side effects include light bruising and numbness – but both are minimal and tend to subside rather quickly.
Botox® is not permanent. The product is gradually eliminated from your body over time, and muscle activity will eventual return to normal levels.
Who Are Good Candidates for Botox®?
The following factors typically define good candidates for Botox® therapy at our Ft. Lauderdale, practice:
- You can clearly define why you want to undergo this treatment.
- You understand what Botox® treatment can and cannot accomplish.
- You accept its risks and your responsibilities as a patient.
- You are healthy, emotionally secure, and stable.
- You are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You accept the fact that you need to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to maintain the results achieved by this procedure.
- You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries.
If you are on blood thinners, you may need to refrain from taking these medications for several days prior to your procedure. Also, you need to let Dr. Learn know if you are currently taking muscle relaxants, allergy medications, or sleeping aids.
Get Smoother Skin and a Fresh Look with Botox®!
No matter your reason for choosing this procedure, it’s important to have it done by an experienced, skilled plastic surgeon – like our own Dr. Lisa Learn.
Dr. Learn has been able to help countless patients achieve the look they want to see, and she can do the same for you!
To request your appointment, simply call (954) 380-8411 or fill out our easy, convenient online request form right now. You can also feel free to stop by our Ft. Lauderdale plastic surgeon’s office if you have any questions or would like additional information.