Are you discouraged by the appearance of lines or wrinkles in your forehead? Do you notice fresh lines around your eyes? Do your aging concerns become more noticeable when you smile, frown, or laugh? If so, you could be a candidate for treatment with Botox, the leading neurotoxin injectable able to deliver fast, attractive results. This service is available from our professional team at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL.
What Do I Need to Know About Botox?
Botox has become a household name thanks to its widespread fame in the beauty world, but many patients don’t know what this groundbreaking injectable offers. First approved by the FDA in 2002, this product has been successfully used to treat mild to severe lines and wrinkles in millions of patients worldwide. It is considered safe and effective for most patients and is a long-term solution to aging concerns.
This product, along with other similar injectables, uses Clostridium botulinum type A neurotoxin, which targets certain facial muscle movement and eliminates signs of aging in a matter of days. We carefully evaluate your areas of concern and goals for treatment to suggest the best treatment dosage, location, and possible combinations for overall skin rejuvenation. For many patients, Botox can visibly turn back the hands of time and restore youthful skin.
How Long Does a Botox Treatment Take?
Each patient’s individual treatment experience will vary, and appointment lengths depend on your areas of concern and any other treatments you choose to combine with this product. However, a normal appointment lasts just 10-30 minutes from start to finish, making this treatment one of the most convenient options for your busy schedule. Best of all, you are able to return to your normal daily activities immediately after treatment with zero downtime.
Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?
Neurotoxin treatments are designed to target dynamic wrinkles, which are connected to facial muscle movement. As your skin ages, your normal expressions and muscle movements may cause lines and wrinkles to appear in the skin. This issue typically affects the forehead, brow area, and eye area, and dynamic wrinkles may not be noticeable when they first begin to develop. However, they grow deeper with regular muscle movement and over time.
As you make your normal expressions, you may begin to see signs of dynamic wrinkles as early as your mid to late 20s. This can cause low self-esteem in your appearance and prompts many patients to seek a quick, non-invasive treatment option that can stop these developing signs of aging in their tracks. While we can treat a number of concerns, here are three of the most popular issues corrected with Botox injections.
Most patients don’t realize how often they furrow their brow throughout the day. Even if patients are completely happy in their daily lives and interactions, frowning can be one of their normal expressions and communicates a range of emotions. Frown lines develop in the forehead over time. They may be less noticeable when the face is at rest, but they always become more pronounced with expression.
Treatment with a neurotoxin injectable helps smooth away frown lines by temporarily freezing the forehead muscles and preventing movement. This helps keep your forehead wrinkle-free without impacting your normal expressions.
Glabellar lines develop between the brows and take on a distinctive “11” shape. They can be one of the most challenging dynamic wrinkles to correct, but neurotoxin injections can correct even severe glabellar lines with one simple injection. With ongoing treatment to maintain your results, you could even help slow the development of these lines, which often become a permanent feature without treatment.
Squinting, smiling, or narrowing your eyes helps accelerate the development of crow’s feet. These fine dynamic wrinkles appear at the outer corners of the eyes and are one of the most common aging concerns. We can carefully inject this product into the skin at the corners of your eyes to erase crow’s feet and prevent signs of aging from stealing your smile.
How Soon Before I See Results?
After your first series of injections, you will be able to return home to recover and watch your results develop. We recommend that patients examine their face in the mirror each day and make a series of exaggerated expressions to check the progress of the treatment. Over the next 3-7 days, you will notice that the treated muscles remain still while you make these expressions, eliminating dynamic wrinkles connected to muscle movement.
Your final results should appear within 1 week of treatment, although results may continue to improve for several days after this point. If needed, some patients choose to schedule a touch-up appointment once their results are visible.
How Long Will My Results Last?
While patient results vary based on a number of different factors, this product typically lasts 3-4 months. After this time frame, the neurotoxin begins to safely wear off and your full range of muscle movement returns. Most patients opt to pursue follow-up treatments before this occurs in order to maintain their ideal image.
Will My Results Appear After Treatment?
Over the years, Botox has received mixed reviews due to its reputation for creating “frozen” features. Unfortunately, these instances of over-injection are almost always the result of an inexperienced provider. At our professional practice, we use small, targeted doses of this product to create your ideal image. Your expressions will look exactly the same, just without dynamic wrinkles, and no one will know that you received treatment unless you tell them.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are over 18 and seeking to correct or prevent the development of dynamic wrinkles, you could be a good candidate for this treatment. In order to be approved for treatment, you should be in good health and free from any medical or skin conditions that may interact negatively with treatment. In addition, you should have informed, realistic expectations concerning this treatment and the results you may experience.
This treatment is not ideal for static wrinkles, which are largely due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin proteins in the skin. In some cases, treatment for dynamic and static wrinkles can be combined. Treatment is also not recommended for patients who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. If you’re unsure about your candidacy for treatment, our doctor can help you evaluate your concerns during an initial consultation.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
When you choose to pursue treatment at our office, our entire staff is ready to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Here’s a brief overview of a typical treatment and recovery process.
Your first appointment is designed to allow our doctor to evaluate your concerns and determine your candidacy for treatment. In order to accomplish this, our doctor will examine your skin, review your medical history, and ask you about your ideal goals. Based on this, they will recommend a treatment option that will address your concerns.
If you’re approved for Botox injections, our doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan for your unique situation. They will also give you detailed instructions to follow as you prepare for your first appointment, which you should follow carefully to ensure the success of your treatment.
The preparation process for this treatment is relatively easy. Our doctor may ask you to stop taking some blood-thinning medications and pain relievers. You will also need to stop drinking alcohol 24-48 hours before your appointment. We recommend that you protect your skin from potential irritation by skipping any exfoliating or resurfacing treatments for at least 2 weeks before and after your appointment.
It’s important to promote good overall skin health by drinking plenty of water and avoiding harmful sun exposure. We recommend applying sunscreen each day and limiting your time in direct sunlight to limit your risk of developing skin concerns like accelerated aging, discoloration, and skin cancer. You should protect your skin from sunburn and artificial tanning before treatment and ensure that your skin is calm and not inflamed on the day of your appointment.
Before your appointment, you should wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and remove any makeup or skincare products. One of our experienced staff members will clean the target skin before beginning treatment. If needed, we can apply a topical numbing agent to keep you comfortable. However, most patients report that the injection process is virtually painless even without anesthetic.
Our staff member will use a fine needle to target the predetermined muscle areas. They may gently massage the treated muscles immediately after the injection to distribute the product throughout the target area. In addition, they may ask you to make a few of your normal facial expressions as they treat your specific concerns.
The injection process could take between 10-30 minutes to complete. Once our staff member is finished, they will clean the injection sites and provide you with instructions for your recovery. You can then return to your next scheduled activity with zero required downtime.
As your skin heals, the most important thing to remember is to avoid touching, rubbing, or pressing on the treated area. This could disturb the neurotoxin product and cause it to affect other facial muscles, which may impact the appearance of your final results. After approximately 2 weeks, the product will be fully settled into your muscles and you can touch your face normally.
You can watch your results develop over the first week of recovery by making facial expressions in a mirror. The treated muscles will progressively stop moving, leaving the treated skin smooth and free of lines and wrinkles without changing your expressions or range of emotions. Most patients report that the injection sites have healed and that their ideal image has been realized within 7-10 days of treatment.
Once your final results are visible, you can flaunt your smoother, younger-looking skin for the next 3-4 months without any follow-up treatments required. Some patients may experience results that last longer and can enhance their final results with other anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating options.
Once your results begin to fade, you can contact our office to schedule your next treatment. In most cases, patients can use this product for an indefinite amount of time in order to maintain their ideal image and prevent further development of dynamic wrinkles.
Contact Us to Learn More!
While we all experience signs of aging in our skin, you don’t need to live your life dissatisfied with the vibrancy of your appearance. Dynamic wrinkles in the upper half of your face can be effectively targeted and erased with Botox injections, which can help create the natural yet noticeable results you desire.
To learn more about this non-invasive treatment option, contact our team of experts at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, to schedule your initial Botox consultation today! We look forward to serving you!