There are millions of beauty treatments, products, and cosmetic procedures that offer different benefits to both men and women. However, the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment used today is Botox, and with good reason. This injectable option is highly effective at treating and preventing wrinkles caused by years of facial movement.
What is Botox?
Most people have probably heard of Botox, but not everyone may know how it works. Botox has been FDA approved to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works as a neuromodulator, which means that it blocks chemical signals from the brain to the muscle that normally cause movement. By doing this, it can prevent the movements that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, fine lines, and noticeable wrinkles. This means a noticeable improvement in the skin’s position and youthfulness, usually between the brows and corners of the eyes.
Who is a candidate for Botox?
Botox is a great temporary option for patients looking to improve the aging profile of the face that can include wrinkles and folds. These can make the face appear angry or tired, even when you don’t feel like it. Botox can also be easily combined with other treatments, whether surgical or non-surgical, to further rejuvenate the facial profile. When discussing Botox, Dr. Ryan Dodde will ensure you understand that any cosmetic treatment may have risks, so it’s imperative to understand everything before choosing your treatment options. Although the system is safe, it is imperative that you are in good overall health before the injections are conducted. You must also be relatively emotionally stable and have realistic expectations of what the Botox system can do for you.
What happens during a Botox treatment?
Botox can be administered safely in Dr. Dodde’s office. No anesthesia is necessary for Botox injections and patients usually experience minimal amounts of pain, if any. After cleansing the treatment areas, a skilled and certified injector carefully injects the Botox into the muscles of the face that contribute to wrinkles. Since there are many important muscles in the face, it’s vital that your aesthetician has experience with administering Botox and other cosmetic treatments. A Botox treatment session can take as little as 15 minutes, so you can easily fit it into your busy schedule.
What is recovery like from Botox?
Immediately after the injections are given, patients may have swelling and some slight discomfort. However, this usually subsides, and patients will see noticeable results after a day. Side effects of Botox vary from person to person. Many patients see some light bruising and numbness at the injection site.
It is important for patients to have Botox administered every few months for the most effective and ongoing improvements. The cost of Botox varies according to each provider.
Patients who are interested can schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Dodde or our nurse injector specialist at Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan. This is the best manner of receiving pricing information and to learn if you are a good candidate for Botox.