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Does Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

 

Botox® Chicago

The past decade has seen a lot of innovative advancement in the field of non-surgical options. One of the most popular of these is Botox®, or botulinum toxin A, which is an injection that reduces or even eliminates lines and wrinkles in the face. Our team at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago offers Botox injections for patients who want to restore the youthful beauty of their face.

What Is Botox?

Botox® is a purified, FDA-approved injectable substance derived from bacteria. It has gained popularity in the field of plastic surgery by being safe, simple, effective, and affordable. It is most commonly used to smooth crow’s feet and frown lines, treat thick or hyperactive muscles in the jaw and neck, and lift the corners of the mouth. Botox® injections are well-known to give the face a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

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Self-verified patient of Dr. Parit A. Patel
“Dr. Patel was fantastic! He was very professional and took time to listen to my questions and explain everything to me during my appointment. His office is very clean and Samantha was a sweetheart. I strongly recommend Dr. Patel for any procedure you need. He is a perfectionist and the outcomes could not have been better. He is the only one I will go to.”

If you’re looking for someone who knows how to inject, definitely see Dr. Patel. He’s professional, very knowledgabel and the office is super clean and sleek. Unlike most places in Chicago, he doesn’t dilute his botox and mine always last up to 5 months. I’ve been to so many places in Chicago and my services with Dr. Patel always stands above the rest.

 

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX®?

The face is typically one of the first parts of our body to show signs of aging, often in the form of frown lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, or forehead furrows. Wrinkles in the face can give you the appearance of being perpetually tired or angry. If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you may be a good candidate for Botox® injections.

Botox® is frequently offered as an adjunct to other aesthetic procedures, such as laser treatments or dermal fillers. When performed together, the combination can not only reduce or eliminate wrinkles, but help to prevent new ones from forming.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION

When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will review your aesthetic goals with you and perform a facial aesthetic evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for Botox®. Be prepared to discuss your medical history, any medications you might be taking, known allergies, and previous surgeries.

HOW ARE BOTOX® INJECTIONS ADMINISTERED?

Although Botox® might seem like a very simple procedure, it is always important to have an expert board-certified plastic surgeon administer injections. There are dozens of muscles in your face, and specificity is important when undergoing Botox® treatment.

Botox® injections can usually be administered in-office by your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will determine the optimal injection sites based on your goals, and administer a number of injections depending on the desired outcome.

Botox® works by blocking the nerve signals to the injected muscles. As a result, the muscle is unable to contract, which in turn diminishes facial lines and wrinkles. Botox® is administered in small amounts through a thin needle. There is minimal pain involved, if any, and the procedure usually takes only a few minutes to complete.

RECOVERY AFTER BOTOX® INJECTIONS

There is no recovery time after Botox® is administered; patients may resume their normal level of activity immediately. There may be a small amount of swelling at the injection sites, which usually fades quickly. You should not, however, rub the treated areas after injections because the Botox® may relocate to other parts of the face.

The results of Botox® injections are not typically apparent right away. It may take five to seven days to see the full effect of treatment, and results typically last three to four months. Many patients schedule regular Botox® sessions to extend the effects of their treatment.

POTENTIAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTOX® INJECTIONS

Botox® has been thoroughly tested and is FDA-approved, and as such, complications are rare. However, there are potential risks that can be associated with any procedure. The potential risks of Botox® injections may include:

  • Redness, bruising, or swelling at injection sites
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Temporary facial weakness

It is a common misconception that Botox® is harmful and can cause botulism. To date, there has never been a verified case of Botox® causing botulism or the symptoms thereof when administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon. There have been botched procedures caused by nonprofessionals, which is why it is exceedingly important to only receive Botox® injections from an expert plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures.

WHAT DOES BOTOX® COST?

It is difficult to give an average cost of Botox® injections due to several variables, such as your location, the expertise of the plastic surgeon, and the number of injections required to reach your aesthetic goals can all affect the cost of Botox® treatment. Be sure to discuss all costs associated with your treatment during your consultation.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

If you would like to reduce wrinkles, reduce the signs of aging and have a more youthful appearance, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your specific aesthetic goals and determine if Botox® is right for you.

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