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.
Botox Q & A
How do Botox® injections work?
Botox injections are the nonsurgical 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 designed to target only the areas that need it. This helps ensure the rest of your muscles retain their mobility and your smile is still expressive.
What are the benefits of Botox injections?
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)
Are Botox injections painful?
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 surgeries. 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 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
How long does Botox last?
Each Botox treatment takes just 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 their original state. Visit Dr. Obasi a few times a year for Botox injection therapy to maintain your youthful, smoother skin.
If you feel it’s finally time to reduce your wrinkles for months at a time and look more like the age you feel, then call Noble Cosmetic Surgery or book an appointment online with Dr. Patrick Obasi to see if Botox is right for you.