The basics of BOTOX
Since the late 1990s, It has successfully been used to treat wrinkles. This treatments use a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum to diminish frown lines, laugh lines and other dynamic wrinkles — that is, wrinkles that form as a result of overuse of the facial muscles. It deactivates and relaxes these muscles. If used with skill by a professional, this treatment will give the patient a more youthful appearance that still looks natural.
A BOTOX injection is not hard to work into your schedule — it is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure. The actual injection is painless and takes roughly 10 minutes. You should be able to go about your day as normal immediately afterwards.
You should also begin to notice results from the procedure within one to two days. The results usually last three to six months. Patients may return for a follow-up injection after the first injection has worn off. Many patients have found that the results of BOTOX seem to last up to several months longer after several treatments.
Alternatives to BOTOX
BOTOX is not for everyone. For example, it is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, nursing or have a neurological disease. And since it is intended to treat wrinkles from a specific cause, wrinkles from other causes may be better treated by other methods.
Lines and wrinkles on the lower face, such as smile lines that appear around the nose and lip area, can be treated by injectable fillers. There are many of these fillers, including:
- RADIESSE, a natural calcium compound suspended in gel which can be injected into the face or hands and lasts up to 24 months.
- Restylane and Perlane, two gels often used to enhance the lips.
- SCULPTRA, which stimulates collagen growth.
There are many others, with varying lengths of effectiveness. A doctor with enough experience in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic medical treatments can consult with you and examine your face and hands to determine which one is right for you.
A BOTOX provider in Charlotte
The best person to go to for BOTOX treatment in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman. He 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 devoted himself to facial plastic surgery, as well as non-surgical procedures developed to achieve the same results, and has earned a reputation as the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. 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.