Ophthalmologists began using Botox in the late 1980s to treat optic muscle disorders. The FDA then approved its use for treating moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Since this approval by the FDA in 2002, the use of Botox has increased in popularity and it is currently one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures done annually. Botox may be used to treat not only frown lines, but also crow’s feet and forehead furrows. It is also approved to treat a variety of medical conditions, but its primary use is still in cosmetic treatments for the face.
How it works
Botox works differently from fillers which add volume to depressions in the skin. Instead, Botox blocks the release of the chemical which causes the muscle contractions which result in wrinkles. Botox relaxes the facial’s muscles so they cannot contract. The results from a Botox treatment is usually visible within one week of the shot and will remain between three and six months.
Botox treatments should only be performed by a licensed physician such as Dr. Sean Freeman, one of Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeons. Dr. Freeman can perform Botox injections at this state-of-the-art clinic, The Center for Facial and Plastic Laser Surgery located in Charlotte NC. The injection may be done along with a local anesthesia. There is typically very little, if any discomfort and you should see visible results within a few days. Depending upon the extent of the treatment, a Botox procedure may take from a couple of minutes up to thirty minutes.
The procedure of Botox
It is essential that the physician select the correct points on the face for injection of the Botox. Dr. Freeman has more than twenty years’ experience in facial plastic surgery techniques and has been administering Botox injections since the late 1990s. He is an expert in determining the best placement of the Botox for the longest lasting and best results. Following a Botox procedure, you will be able to immediately return to your normal activities, although you may be advised to stay out of the sun for a few days.
Botox injections, as well as injections of other types of cosmetic fillers require a precise knowledge of facial anatomy. Dr. Freeman is considered one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Charlotte NC, as well as the entire Southeast and possesses extensive experience and knowledge of both of these cosmetic treatments. Dr. Freeman is dual board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology, which certifies physicians in head and neck surgery. Depending upon your individual situation, Dr. Freeman may also recommend additional procedures. If you have lines and wrinkles on the lower part of your face, you may also do well with injectable fillers such as RADIESSE® and Restylane.
Botox injections can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. Call Dr. Freeman’s clinic in Charlotte NC, The Center for Facial and Plastic Laser Surgery to schedule your Botox appointment.