Botox at a Glance
- Botox is perfect for diminishing unwanted wrinkles and lines in the face
- Botox lasts up to four months, so you’ll need to maintain regular injections if you like the results
- Botox is generally low risk, and there’s virtually no recovery, so you can get your injections over a lunch break and be back to work right away.
Get Your Botox in Milwaukee
Of all the nonsurgical cosmetic products available on the market today, none has displayed the versatility, potency, and productivity of Botox® Cosmetic. Since its initial approval by the FDA for cosmetic purposes in 2002, Botox has been the dominant injectable option sought out by patients looking to dial back the appearance of aging in the face. The record of Botox in this regard speaks for itself, but it’s important to emphasize some of the ways in which Botox works on different principles—and produces distinct results—as compared to other injectable options, such as dermal fillers.
Botox works by targeting the root cause of wrinkles in the first place. In many cases, wrinkles in the face are caused by a contraction of muscle. The same muscles that are responsible for certain facial expressions—a furrowing of the brow or a frown, for example—can cause the overlying attached skin to get “locked” into a certain position, making the lines caused by that furrow or frown rather permanent. Obviously, this is something that occurs over time, and this explains why these wrinkles are generally considered to be a sign of aging.
Derived from a form of the Botulinum toxin (known as Botulinum toxin-A), Botox works to paralyze the muscle groups responsible for causing those wrinkles described above. Botox does this by blocking certain neural receptors in small, targeted areas. The muscle then becomes paralyzed and can no longer contract, causing the wrinkle to greatly diminish. This makes Botox particularly useful at diminishing frown lines and “concentration” lines, as well as other wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, that are caused by muscle contraction. As these wrinkles diminish, the face can take on a much more youthful and radiant appearance.
Some patients worry about the so-called “Botox Face,” which is generally characterized by a “numb” or “plastic” look. It’s important to note that this is usually a sign of too much Botox and a plastic surgeon who is either under-trained or didn’t have the knowledge to say no to a patient. With Dr. Bosbous, who has a highly-trained eye and is a board certified plastic surgeon, you won’t have to worry about that. You can rest assured that you’ll get great, natural-looking results.
Botox for Migraines and Hyperhidrosis
And, finally, it’s worth noting that Botox is an incredibly versatile substance. Research is ongoing and plastic surgeons are always finding new ways to use Botox injections (some research, for example, suggests that Botox can be used to help mitigate migraines or excessive sweating).
Dr. Bosbous provides Botox treatments for both migraines and excessive sweating to his patients in Milwaukee.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox in Milwaukee?
Botox is a relatively low risk procedure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for everyone. In order to be a good candidate for Botox injections, you should exhibit the following characteristics:
- You have mild to deep wrinkles on your face, in particular around the lips and eyes or on the forehead.
- Your wrinkles are caused by muscle contraction and not by loss of volume in the face
- You are averse to or uninterested in traditional facelift surgeries
- You are not pregnant or nursing
- You maintain realistic expectations
The Botox Procedure
During your initial Botox procedure, you will discuss with Dr. Bosbous your desired results, including which wrinkle groups you would like to target and whether those targets seem sensible for a Botox injection. The injections themselves will only take minutes to complete. This means that when you come in for a Botox treatment, you could be in and out in as little as fifteen minutes. With such a quick treatment time, it’s no wonder that Botox is known as a “lunch hour” procedure. You could be in and out and back to work and count it all as your lunch break.
There is minimal discomfort associated with Botox injections. Some patients describe a mild pinching sensation, and sometimes ice will be applied to the area of injection in order to dull any discomfort that may arise. You may resume your normal daily activities after your Botox injections, including the application of make-up. On rare occasions, there may be some bruising or discoloration in the injection sites, but these effects last only a few days.
You should see results from your Botox injections within a few days of your appointment. It may take a week or two for those results to reach their optimum look. Results from Botox injections can last for up to four months, but you may notice that your results start to diminish after twelve weeks or so. Botox is intended as a temporary treatment, so if you want your results to last longer, you will need to schedule follow up appointments to maintain your appearance.
Should I Get Botox or a Facelift?
Because Botox is often advertised and characterized as a non surgical facelift technique, many patients are understandably confused about their facial rejuvenation options. For patients, it might be difficult to discern when Botox will be the more effective option and when a facelift might work better.
There’s no one size-fits-all answer to this question. When you speak with Dr. Bosbous about your desired hopes and how you want to get there, you’ll be able to have a discussion regarding your preferred method.
Botox if You Want Subtle Results
In general, however, Botox will best be deployed when patients are interested in subtle, localized effects. That’s why Botox is a wonderful option for treating smile lines or concentration lines. Results will be subtle, but noticeable, and localized to the injection site.
If you are more interested in generalized results–if you notice wrinkles over the vast majority of your facial features, for example–then a surgical procedure may be your better option. Facelift surgery will be better able to deliver bold, completely transformative results.
Choosing between facelift and Botox, then, will depend on your preferred results. Not every patient wants a noticeably bold transformation. Some patients will prefer smaller-scale results. Additionally, many patients prefer the temporary aspect of Botox injectables.
Benefits of a Non Surgical Approach
There are also some benefits for patients who are looking to take a non surgical approach. Some of those benefits may include:
- No recovery time is needed when undergoing Botox injections. Facelift surgery will generally require several weeks of recovery (depending on the precise nature of your facelift).
- There is very little discomfort associated with Botox injections.
- No anesthesia is required to undergo Botox. In many cases, the only numbing agent used for Botox is the cold from an ice cube.
- Results are temporary. That makes Botox injections a good way to take your facial rejuvenation preferences for a “test drive” before committing to a larger procedure.
- If you like your Botox results you can undergo regular maintenance injections in order to keep them for as long as you want.
If you have questions about which approach–surgical or non surgical–is best for you, make sure to talk over those questions during your consultation with Dr. Bosbous. Not everyone will be a good candidate for Botox, just as not everyone will be a good candidate for facelift. Finding the right approach will often depend on the look of your desired final results.
Will Botox Change the Way I Look?
Any cosmetic surgery procedure will subtly transform your appearance–that’s the whole point of plastic surgery! But sometimes patients can be worried that they will have noticeable effects of “Botox face.” Given the heightened awareness of Botox, some of those concerns seem understandable.
However, when properly administered, Botox injections will generally not lead to any loss of function, expression, or sensation. Botox is able to achieve fantastic effects at relatively small doses, so that’s usually the approach that Dr Bousbous will begin with.
The intended effects of Botox will diminish lines and wrinkles, as well as return a youthful radiance to the treated areas of the face. This can create a welcome transformation for patients who will no longer notice severe frown or concentration lines. With Botox injectable, you can look younger and more energetic–and in such a subtle way that your friends never suspect you’ve had any work done. They just talk about how fantastic you look!
Recovery and Results
There is virtually no “recovery” time associated with Botox injections. You can resume normal activities immediately after your appointment. The only exception is that you should refrain from heavy exercise immediately following your Botox appointment, as exercise may cause the Botox to spread beyond its intended injection site. After a couple of days, however, you should be able to resume any exercise activity you’re keep to begin.
Once you reach your optimal results, you will—in most cases—notice a significant diminishing of the targeted wrinkles. This means that your face will look smoother and more youthful. As noted above, the results will last for up to four months (though, usually closer to 12 weeks), so if you like the results of your Botox treatment, you should be sure to schedule a follow up appointment. You may even schedule this appointment at the same time as your initial injections, so you’ll be sure you won’t forget.
Our Milwaukee Botox patients are treated to a wonderful, relaxing setting and an experienced, friendly staff. Dr. Bosbous is a board certified plastic surgeon, so when it comes to ensuring your results, you know you’re in good hands. If you’re interested in the immediate gratification of a Botox Cosmetic injection, contact Milwaukee Plastic Surgery to begin your instant transformation today.