Botox is a nonsurgical anti-aging treatment that smooths away certain types of wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. The procedure is performed using a series of injections that deliver a prescription medication into facial muscles, relaxing the muscles and eliminating the wrinkles that form when the muscles contract. Dr. Lickstein performs Botox injections in his office, either as a single procedure or in combination with other anti-aging treatments to help all his patients achieve their precise facial rejuvenation goals.
What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription formulation that has been used for decades for both medical and cosmetic purposes. The formulation features minuscule amounts of the botulinum toxin, which can beneficially affect the muscles of the face and body. The substance serves as a type of muscle relaxant with long-lasting results and may be used to reduce pain, muscle tightening and wrinkle formation caused by contractions of specific facial muscles.
Botox has been beneficial in treating a variety of challenging medical conditions during its history of use, including blepharospasm and cervical dystonia. Today, it is also used for chronic migraines, excessive sweating and some types of urinary incontinence. As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is effective in reducing wrinkles in the upper portion of the face.
Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles
Botox works on lines and creases that are categorized as dynamic wrinkles because they appear when you make some facial expressions. For example, you will likely see lines form between the eyebrows when you squint or frown. Dynamic wrinkles also frequently appear across the forehead as deep horizontal creases or fanning out in subtle lines from the outer corners of the eye, which are known as crow’s feet.
Other wrinkles that appear on the face, such as those that form around the nose and mouth, tend to be caused by collagen loss in the underlying dermal structure. These lines are known as static wrinkles because they are visible all the time. Botox does not work on these lines, but Dr. Lickstein offers a variety of dermal fillers that are effective in restoring support to the dermal structure and smoothing away these telltale signs of aging from the inside out.
Benefits of Botox
Botox offers numerous advantages over other types of anti-aging treatments for the right patients:
- The procedure is quick and relatively painless
- Treatment can be customized to the precise needs of each patient
- The medication has a long track record of safety and efficacy
- There is no downtime after the procedure
- Results appear within days and last for three to four months
Dr. Lickstein and his staff are happy to discuss the advantages of Botox with you at your consultation and help you determine if this treatment is the right choice for you.
Botox is primarily used to address the following areas of aging:
- Horizontal lines across the forehead
- Parallel lines between the eyebrows, also known as frown lines or the 11s
- Horizontal lines across the bridge of the nose also called bunny lines
- Crow’s feet in the outer corners of the eyes
- A brow line that is beginning to drop in some areas
Dr. Lickstein and his team will assess your concerns to determine whether Botox will provide you with the best possible results. If Botox is not the right procedure for you, Dr. Lickstein can discuss the alternatives available at his office to help his patients achieve a wide range of aesthetic goals.
Fast Procedure, Fast Results
Botox injections take just a few minutes to perform in our office. The process uses a very fine needle to administer the medication, so patients do not typically experience much significant discomfort. After treatment, you will be able to return to your regular activities promptly, and there should be little if any visible evidence you just had a cosmetic treatment performed. Occasionally a patient may experience some mild swelling or bruising around the injection sites, but these side effects typically subside within a matter of hours.
You may see preliminary changes to your appearance immediately following your Botox injections. These results will improve in the days after your procedure, with your full outcome becoming evident within about one week. That refreshed, more youthful appearance will continue for three to four months before you will need to schedule another Botox treatment to maintain your new look.
Botox is a quick and relatively painless way to reverse some signs of aging and produce a rejuvenated look. To find out more about this treatment, contact Lickstein Plastic Surgery today at 561-571-4000.