What is a Botox Cosmetic procedure?
Botox Cosmetic procedure is a procedure in which a medication called Botox is injected into the skin. Botox is a derived form of botulinum toxin which when injected into the skin, can help to reduce wrinkles that appear on the face*. This popular non-surgical procedure is only temporary, but has been proven successful in maintaining a youthful appearance.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are an unavoidable part of the aging process. They are due to loss of elasticity and water in the skin as well as from the repetitive motion of the underlying muscles contracting. They appear as creases in the skin, such as frown lines between the eyes, creases in the forehead, crows feet beside the eyes and bands in the neck.
There are other factors that can cause wrinkles on the face to appear at an early age such as smoking, exposure to sunlight, and genetics. These wrinkles can cause a younger individual to appear significantly older than their true age. However, if treated with a Botox Cosmetic Procedure at one of our Columbus Ohio locations near you, these early signs of aging may be reduced. *
How Does Botox Cosmetic Procedure Work?
For a muscle to contract, it must first receive a signal from the brain to move. This signal is carried from the brain to the muscle along nerves. At the end of the nerve as it enters the muscle, chemicals are released which cause the muscle to contract. This is where Botox works! It blocks these small nerves from releasing chemicals and keeps the muscle from moving. Without these facial muscle moving there are no wrinkles. Your plastic surgeon can change the amount of Botox to a certain area depending on the amount of movement you desire. A common misconception is that Botox will give you a frozen, emotionless face which is not true.
The injection typically takes about five minutes and has no real recovery time, you can return to work that day! The results will become apparent after just a few days. Once the muscle has been treated, that area of the face is restored, giving a more youthful appearance. The treatment will last approximately three to six months, requiring that you return for additional injections.
Why consider a Botox Cosmetic?
Nothing puts you in closer touch with those around you than your facial expressions. But each broad smile, surprised raise of the brows and look of focused concentration carves dynamic wrinkles just a bit deeper on your forehead and around your eyes. That’s why the leading non-surgical cosmetic procedure in Columbus is BOTOX® Cosmetic. Treatment can relax those wrinkles that are making you look older than you feel, giving you back a natural, youthful appearance.
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What should I expect from the Columbus Botox Cosmetic procedure?
Even if you don’t feel ready for plastic surgery in Columbus, BOTOX Cosmetic can help your face look smooth and fresh again. If worry lines on your forehead or frown lines between your brows are making you look tired or even angry, you may be a good candidate. If crows feet at the corners of your eyes have you looking older than you feel, BOTOX Cosmetic can help.
Unlike many practices and spas offering BOTOX Cosmetic, at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are performed only by our award winning plastic surgeons. Nurses and estheticians often have some knowledge of the structures of the face, but our plastic surgeons have received detailed training on facial muscle structure which helps them to place BOTOX Cosmetic where it will be most beneficial. Successful treatment requires care from a knowledgable provider – trust your looks to one of our experienced plastic surgeons.
And if you need another reason you can feel even more confident that you will get the best Botox result with the plastic surgeons at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, here it is: We have achieved ‘Diamond Level Provider’ status with Allergan. This special designation is awarded only to physicians who have a high level of experience using Allergan products including Botox, Juvederm, & Latisse. There is no other practice in Central Ohio that has a higher designation!
Click to View Video TestimonialsMany of our plastic surgery patients combine BOTOX Cosmetic with a facial procedure for a complete makeover. If you’re planning eyelid surgery or facelift surgery in Columbus, OH, adding BOTOX Cosmetic to address the wrinkles on your forehead can complete your radiant new look.
BOTOX Cosmetic blocks the nerve impulses that cause the lines on your forehead and around your eyes to deepen. You’ll be your natural self, just with a more refreshed and youthful look that will last months.
Are Botox Cosmetic Injections Painful?
Board certified plastic surgeons have been meticulously trained to identify and treat the various muscles in the face. Once they have targeted the problem area, and the muscles below, a topical anesthetic cream or cold pack is administered to numb the area. This helps in reducing any pain that is caused by the needle and the injection. There may be a mild discomfort after the anesthetic cream has worn off, but this will typically only last a few hours.
Side Effects Associated with Botox Cosmetics
Besides a youthful appearance, the use of Botox Cosmetics may cause one or more of the side effects in some patients:
- Excessive pain at the site of the injection
- Inflammation or redness of the face
- Slight bleeding at the point of injection
Allergic reaction to the Botox are rare but can occur, causing breathing difficulty, welts, dizziness and faintness. A certified plastic surgeon will discuss these possibilities with their patient and advise them on if and when it is necessary to seek further medical assistance.
Are You a Botox Cosmetic Candidate?
As Botox Cosmetic injections require no anesthesia and are relatively quick, and are a great option for most healthy people who are looking to achieve a more youthful appearance. A board certified plastic surgeon will first look for signs of any of the following:
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Deep scarring at the injection site
- Infection or skin disorder close to or at the injection site
- Weak facial muscles
If any of these are noted, the plastic surgeon may discuss alternative types of wrinkle treatments with you such as injectable fillers.
If you are tired of seeing those frown lines as a permanent feature on your face, consult one of the award winning plastic surgeons at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery.
What about recovery?
Treatment normally takes just a few minutes, and no anesthesia is required. Most people can return to the rest of their day without any downtime. A fraction of patients develop slight bruising which can be covered with makeup.
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