Botox® injection therapy is one of the most popular services we provide at the office of Dr. Lisa J. Learn, and it’s not hard to understand why.
After all, what’s the first thing people see when they look at you? Your face—wrinkles, fine lines, and all. While of course you want to look your best all over, your face is typically top priority.
And when it comes to dealing with wrinkles, fine lines, and improving facial features, Botox® is one of the fastest, simplest, and safest ways to achieve the result you’re looking for.
There’s a harmful stereotype out there that Botox® will make you look plastic and fake, or leave your face too stiff to show expression. That couldn’t be further from the truth! When administered by a trained professional, Botox® softens and enhances features and restores a more youthful appearance while retaining natural movement and appearance—all without surgery.
Like we said, there’s a reason it’s so popular. 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!
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is an injectable material made from botulinum toxin, a chemical that, in small and controlled quantities, can smooth out skin by relaxing the facial muscles.
Put simply, Botox® cosmetic injections work by temporarily blocking nerves and weakening or paralyzing small muscle groups 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).
The Benefits of 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
- Remove crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes
- 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!
And there are other potential medical benefits as well. Botox® has been proven—and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—to help patients who suffer from:
- Chronic migraine headaches (more than 15 days per month)
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Involuntary muscle contractions due to various neurological conditions
- Lazy eyes or involuntary eye twitching
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Botox® provides long-lasting results from just a single appointment, although individual results can vary.
For most people, the results first become visible within 2-3 days of receiving the injections. However, it may take up to 7 days in some cases for the injections to take their full effect.
If you haven’t noticed a difference after a week, please give us a call. We may also schedule a check-up appointment to evaluate your progress if we think it’s necessary, especially if this is your first time receiving the treatment.
Botox® is not permanent, and will gradually be eliminated from your body over time—returning muscle activity to normal levels.
On average, the effects of the injection will last from 3-6 months. In general, the more times you have had Botox® injections in a particular area of muscle group, the longer the effects can last. So while you may need 3-4 injections the first year you begin receiving Botox® treatments, by the next year you may only need 2.
What Are the Risks? Should Certain People Avoid Botox®?
You should understand that all cosmetic procedures carry the potential for risks, which will be fully discussed with you during your consultation.
That said, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the true health risks of Botox®. Although botulinum toxin itself is extremely potent, quantities are strictly controlled and administered by trained, licensed, and board-certified professionals like Dr. Learn.
Suffice to say, by typical medical procedure standards it is exceptionally safe.
Side effects can occur, but the rates of major complications are extremely low due to the relatively low quantities of the drug present in cosmetic injections. Minor side effects such as light bruising and numbness are not uncommon, but both are minimal and tend to subside rather quickly.
In fact, after almost 30 years and millions of injections—the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure in the history of the world—the percentage of cases with significant and/or lasting negative repercussions is vanishingly small.
That said, after the procedure, it is important that you be careful not to rub or massage any treated areas until results are final. Doing so can cause the Botox® to migrate to other areas of your face, which could produce unintended and unwanted cosmetic results
Furthermore, Botox® is not for everyone. There are certain circumstances where we do not recommend you receive injections. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for example, should not receive Botox® injections.
Other potential contraindications include various vision, throat, breathing, or voice disorders; poor lung function; Lou Gehrig’s disease; botulism; and other conditions. Check with us or with your primary care physician if you are unsure that Botox® is safe for you.
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.