When sunblock and anti-aging creams aren’t enough to reduce your wrinkles, maybe you’re ready to explore more powerful cosmetic treatments. Botox® may technically be considered a form of plastic surgery, but because it’s a noninvasive service, Botox injections are a popular alternative for countless women and men. If you live or work in the Plano, Texas region, call Noble Cosmetic Surgery or book an appointment online with Dr. Patrick Obasi to learn more about Botox cosmetic surgery.
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Botox injections are the non-surgical delivery of the botulinum toxin, a bacteria-extracted neurotoxin proven effective in relaxing the nerves in muscle tissue—frequently used to diminish wrinkles in your skin. Injected with a needle under the skin of your face or other trouble spots, Botox’s purified type A toxin temporarily paralyzes the specific muscles contracting under your aging skin that cause surface wrinkling. Botox therapy is a simple procedure that targets only the areas that need it. This helps ensure the rest of your muscles retain their mobility and that your smile is still expressive.
Botox treatments don’t leave scars, require little downtime, and effectively smooth your skin in a variety of areas:
- Wrinkles around your eyes’ outer corners (crow’s feet)
- Creases in your forehead
- Frown lines
- Lip lines
- Deep chin dimples
- Smiles showing too much of your upper gums
- Thick neck bands
- Nasal bridge wrinkles (bunny lines)
Because Botox treatments don’t require anesthesia, it’s clear this noninvasive procedure doesn’t cause much discomfort and doesn’t compare to other forms of plastic surgery. The needle used is also thin, which helps reduce any pain felt during sessions. But Dr. Obasi is always willing to offer topical numbing medication in the form of cream to the patients that need it before injections. Recovery is quick, but you may experience some temporary side effects:
- Light pain or bruising at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Drooping or weakness (especially from rubbing the injection site)
- Less common, more significant side effects similar to botulism
Each Botox treatment takes 15 minutes, but the results last much longer, and the number of injections you need varies by the location and severity of your wrinkles. Many men and women notice visible wrinkle reduction within a few days before seeing the full effect about a week later. You enjoy two or three months of diminished or eliminated wrinkles, then gradually, the signs of your crow’s feet, lip lines, gummy smile, neck creases, or other treated aging skin return to its original state. Visit Dr. Obasi a few times a year for Botox injection therapy to maintain your youthful, smoother skin. If you feel it is finally time to reduce your wrinkles for months at a time and look more like the age you feel, call Noble Cosmetic Surgery or book an appointment online with Dr. Patrick Obasi to see if Botox is right for you.