Botox is a simple, 15 minute, non-surgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet, and forehead in people aged 18-65. Last 3-4 months. No down time.
Let’s Ask Lucie…about Botox:
Botox Cosmetics is 5 minute, practically painless injection that softens lines on the face. It works to relax the muscles that are in constant motion, (the eyes and forehead) and provides a relief for your skin to heal and repair the damage done by repeat wrinkling of the skin. Botox works like this; imagine if you fold a piece of paper in half, unfold it, then press the line out to smooth it. The line might still be there, but now it is smooth and not as noticeable. Essentially, Botox unfolds the muscles to create a smooth, relaxed appearance. The biggest complaint I hear from both men and women is people asking if they are angry because of the frown lines. between their eyes.Frown lines happen over time and are caused by squinting while outside, staring at a computer screen all day, or maybe they are just an expressive person. Genetics determine how your muscles move in your face, and often times I will see and treat a grandmother, mother and daughter with the same wrinkle, or a son will see the lines on his dad’s face and want to have preventative Botox done.
Once you get Botox are the wrinkles magically gone?
Sometimes! But, if your wrinkles are deep and have been there for a long time, you might still be able to see that line, that’s because Botox can not “fix” that fold or deep wrinkle 100%, which is now basically a thin scar in the skin. Remember, Botox is going directly into the muscle, not the skin so it won’t help the wrinkle fade. If Botox doesn’t give you the look or the result that you are after, then there are a number of other medical aesthetic procedures including micro-needeling, chemical peels, and daily care products that can do the trick. Botox is popular for temporarily freezing the lines in your face, but if you want to keep the lines from coming back, you also need to treat the skin in conjunction with Botox.
How often do you have to get Botox?
It is has been proven to last for three months. Sometime you can go four months between treatments. There are exceptions however; if you are an extreme athlete with a high metabolism, Botox might only work for a couple of months. For my bodybuilders that come in to see me, I usually treat them with Botox 1-2 weeks before every competition. You can always do what I call “micro-botox.” A lot of people like this. This is when you get Botox injections more frequently, so the wrinkles will never gradually re-appear.
What is Micro-Botox?
Micro-botox is just lower units with a higher frequency; instead of the standard, high units and lower frequency. For example, a general patient is getting around 25-50 units of botox every 3-4 months, then it gradually wears off and the patient will try to go as long as they can until they get annoyed with the frown lines, then they get another 25 -50 units and the process repeats itself. With “micro-botox”— I might do 6 units here, 6 units there, 12 units next month, etc., and it keeps my patients in a constant state of “wrinkle free bliss” and it is never drastic, and no one knows you have had anything done.
How long have you been injecting Botox? And Where did you get your training?
That is a great question! And something every patient should ask their providers. I have been doing injectables since 2011. I have been in the aesthetic industry since 2002, but I completed my certification in 2011 in California. I invested in an intensive hands-on training with surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA through the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery (AAAMS). He is the best of the best and I wanted to bring back his technique to my patients here in Oklahoma. My patients know I am not cosmetic or plastic surgeon or dermatologist, but a large percentage of my practice is injectables and I do them all day long. Some questions you always want to ask before you get Botox or any other injectable include who the injector is, is that person licensed and certified, and how many patients have they seen. I have performed tens of thousands of injectables. I’m very confident with administering and that you will be happy with the results.
What are some of the side effects of Botox?
The most common side effect is a headache the day of the injections. The fear among every provider is an eyelid droop that can make you look sleepy instead of refreshed. This can happen for a couple reasons, One is, the Botox was injected in the wrong location, and two, the nerve to the eye lid is in a slightly different location then what is considered normal. This is rare, and in my 15 years, I have see it happen only once and it happened to my mother who was given Botox by a different doctor. The good news is, “eye-lid” droop is transient, and will be gone in a couple weeks. If it is bothersome, I can prescribe and eye drop to stimulate the nerve and reverse the Botox.
What if I want to know more about Botox?
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Botox is a great aesthetic procedure that can dramatically change the way your face looks and help get you closer to your cosmetic goals. In the right hands it can do incredible things and I am proud that my patients continue to look to me to help them feel amazing, natural and not give them the “frozen-face.” I offer free skin consultations and would love to work with you on your skin health needs and appearance.
WARNING: DISTANT SPREAD OF TOXIN EFFECT
Postmarketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, ptosis, dysphagia, dysphonia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for spasticity but symptoms can also occur in adults treated for spasticity and other conditions, particularly in those patients who have an underlying condition that would predispose them to these symptoms. In unapproved uses, including spasticity in children, and in approved indications, cases of spread of effect have been reported at doses comparable to those used to treat cervical dystonia and upper limb spasticity and at lower doses.