BOTOX is possibly the most well-known medical treatment for wrinkles. It’s called a “lunchtime procedure” because the injection takes maybe ten minutes and recovery follows quickly enough to let the patient get back to work that day, although you should still avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after the injection. Results should appear within one to two days and last three to six months. After the first injection has worn off, it’s safe to get a follow-up injection. Many patients find the results of it last several months longer after several treatments.
Dynamic wrinkles are the 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.
The fact that it is so common and easy to take has become something of a disadvantage. People too often get it from the wrong people, especially if they buy it online. Having overused it or used it wrong, they come out looking unnaturally smooth and stiff. In the hands of an expert, It has only minor side effects and can take years off your face without looking unnatural. It can be carefully used on younger patients to prevent or slow the emergence of wrinkles.
You shouldn’t take BOTOX if you’re pregnant or nursing, or if you suffer from a neurological disease. If your wrinkles aren’t dynamic wrinkles, a filler may work better.
RADIESSE, a natural calcium compound suspended in gel, is one of these fillers. It can be injected into the face or hands, and it lasts for up to two years. Like BOTOX, it can be used not only to reverse the signs of aging, but to delay their appearance in people in their late twenties and early thirties. RADIESSE can also be used to accentuate the chin.
Two others are Restylane and Perlane, gels which can be used to enhance the lips or injected under the eyes to reduce hollowness. Find the most experienced surgeon you can to tell you which one would suit 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, including everything from BOTOX to laser tattoo removal. 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 ask for an online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.