The Cosmetic Uses of Botox
When a low dosage of Botox is injected into the facial muscles that create wrinkles, those muscles relax. That relaxed state prevents the muscles from contracting. The contracting of the muscles is what causes facial wrinkles, frown lines, furrows and creases.
In fact, the facial muscles respond very well to Botox treatment. Specifically, Botox eliminates and/or reduces:
- Forehead frown lines
- Corner of the mouth and lip lines
- Crow's feet around the eyes
- Furrows between brows
- Neck lines and wrinkles
There are also other medical uses of Botox - it can be effective in treating chronic migraine headaches, hyperhidrosis (a condition causing excessive underarm sweating) and certain types of muscle spasms.
The Botox Process
A Botox treatment usually takes less than 15 minutes and is fast, easy and minimally invasive. Following is an explanation of the process:
Examination - The doctor will begin with a careful examination of the area you want to treat. During part of this exam, you will move certain facial muscles per the doctor's request. This is so that the physician can identify the spot where a Botox injection will produce the best results.
Prep-work - No anesthetic is required for Botox. However, an ice pack may be used to cool the area to be treated. This keeps any discomfort to a minimum. (Note: Occasionally, with very sensitive patients, the doctor may decide to numb an area with an anesthetic cream.)
Treatment - After the exam and patient preparation, the doctor precisely injects the Botox into the pre-determined point. This part of the process lasts just one to three minutes. Any discomfort is minimal and of a short duration. Your normal activities can resume immediately.
You will begin noticing results within one to five days after the procedure. The treated area may continue to improve for as long as a week. Usually, the results last for three to four months. If you regularly receive Botox injections, that might stretch out to as long as six months.
The Botox Practitioners
Board certified plastic surgeons are the professionals most capable of administering Botox treatments. The reasons for this are:
- They possess the most detailed knowledge of the anatomy including the muscles that impact facial expressions.
- The American Board of Plastic Surgeons requires stringent evaluations and the highest standards of performance through extensive residency requirements.
- Plastic surgeons tend to have the most experience with Botox.
Kansas City Area Botox Beauty Treatment
Our experienced Plastic Surgeons can maximize your results with a natural look. At Premier Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Center, patients are only evaluated and treated with Botox injections by one of our board certified plastic surgeons. They have assisted hundreds of individuals in the Overland Park, Kansas City, Olathe and surrounding cities in Johnson County, KS.
It is our strong recommendation; whether you receive your Botox treatments at our office or elsewhere that you have your Botox treatment performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
In addition, our office provides a private, supportive environment including state of the art equipment, knowledgeable staff and comfortable surroundings.
Content updated: Oct 18, 2010