BOTOX may be the most famous medical treatment for wrinkles. Since the 1990s, it has been widely used. It’s called a “lunchtime procedure” because the injection takes maybe ten minutes and recovery is almost immediate. The fact that it is so common and easy to take has in fact become something of a liability. People too often get it from less skilled practitioners, or buy it online, and come out looking too smooth and stiff, having overused it or used it wrong.
Used carefully by a Charlotte facial plastic surgeon, It has minimal side effects and can take years off your face without looking unnatural. In some cases, It is conservatively used on younger patients to prevent or delay the appearance of wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form on the face from overuse of facial muscles such as the brow and cheek muscles. They include frown lines and laugh lines. It uses a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum to force these muscles to relax.
Vigorous exercise should be avoided for the first 24 hours after a BOTOX injection. Results should be visible within one to two days, and they should last three to six months. After the first injection has worn off, it’s safe to get a follow-up injection. Many patients have found that the results of BOTOX last several months longer after several treatments.
Don’t take BOTOX if you’re pregnant, nursing or suffer from a neurological disease. Also, remember that it’s only for a specific kind of wrinkle. Other wrinkles, such as smile lines that appear around the nose and lip area, can be treated by injectable fillers. One of these fillers is RADIESSE, a natural calcium compound suspended in gel which can be injected into the face or hands and lasts up to two years. Two others are Restylane and Perlane, gels which can be used to enhance the lips. There are other treatments as well. Find the most experienced surgeon you can to tell you which one is right for you.
The best BOTOX provider in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman, who has been certified by two different surgery boards — the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done only facial plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures that get the same results. He has a special technique for using BOTOX called a BOTOX brow lift. If you are interested in BOTOX or other wrinkle reduction treatments, contact his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.