Botox® Cosmetic, Newtox & Dysport
Botox® and the closely related products Newtox and Dysport® are known as “neuromodulators.” These agents relax overactive muscle groups, which cause wrinkling of the forehead, lips, brow, and crow’s feet areas. Botox® temporarily interrupts the communication between a nerve and its muscle, causing temporary relaxation and smoothing of lines.
Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. More than six million minor injectable procedures were performed in 2014 alone. These treatments benefit virtually every patient over the age of 30 and take just minutes to perform.
Am I a Candidate for Botox®?
One of Botox®’s best factors is that it is a suitable treatment for anyone, regardless of age or skin type. While most people might assume that you need to be at least above the age of 40 to receive Botox® treatments, your anatomy and unique conditions determine your eligibility.
Anyone who is experiencing moderate-to-severe facial wrinkling and folding in the face is likely a candidate for a Botox® procedure, but it is vital to keep in mind that the best candidates are those who have realistic expectations regarding their treatments, are in good general health, are maintaining healthy body weight and do not smoke.
How Long Does a Botox® Procedure Take?
Botox®, Newtox, Dysport® and other neuromodulator treatments are administered via a tiny needle. Through that needle, a small amount of the solution is injected directly into the overactive muscle. This can help treat any present frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, neckbands and vertical lip lines.
The entire process only takes roughly 15 minutes from start to finish. No local or general anesthesia is used, but you can choose to apply ice to your face beforehand to mitigate some of the nominal pain that will occur during the procedure. The vast majority of patients are able to endure the minor discomfort of the treatment without any difficulty.
It is essential to have your procedure performed by a reputable and experienced practice like Ridenour Plastic Surgery. The quality of your results is directly correlated to the skill and expertise of the team performing your treatment.
What Is Botox® Recovery Like?
You can expect minimal recovery and downtime from a Botox® procedure. Most patients experience some form of nominal pain or discomfort near the injection sites, but these symptoms generally fade between 24 and 48 hours. You can usually see the final results around five days after your procedure, but some patients may take a little longer depending on how their body reacts to the treatment. You should also remember that the deep folding and wrinkling on your face will continue to smooth with time.
One of the big advantages of BOTOX® is that you can typically return to work the same day. We like to remind our patients not to touch or rub their faces directly after the treatment since it could cause the toxin to spread to surrounding muscles in some rare cases. While unlikely, if this occurs, temporary muscle weakness and drooping could develop.
How Long Does Botox® Last?
You will be able to enjoy less prominent facial wrinkling and folding as long as you continue your Botox® treatments, but a single neuromodulator procedure like Botox, Newtox or Dysport® typically provides results for up to four months.
Since the treatment causes facial muscles to atrophy, the duration may increase for some patients. Your unique anatomy and body’s response to botulinum toxin type A will all play a factor in how often you need injections, but most patients require only two to three treatments per year to maintain ideal results.
What Happens if I Stop Botox® Treatment?
There are no known long-term side effects of Botox®, Newtox, Dysport® or other major neuromodulator brands. As a result, the treated muscle groups will resume normal function after a few months.
Unfortunately, this does mean that the previous folds and wrinkles that developed because of muscle movement will return, but you can always address them again with another Botox® or Botox®-similar treatment from Ridenour Plastic Surgery.
What is a Chemical Brow Lift?
A chemical brow lift is used to create a refreshed, more youthful appearance on the upper third of the face. The results are a milder version of what you can expect from a surgical brow lift. But unlike the surgical option, the chemical option requires no incisions, anesthesia or downtime.
Instead, Botox® or Newtox is injected into targeted muscles near the outer corners of your eyes and throughout your forehead. By tackling these areas simultaneously, your physician can achieve a significant “lift” and change of wrinkle and fold prominence without having to excise any skin.
Additional Uses for Botox®
Botox® and Newtox have a host of additional uses that can be helpful to your appearance and lifestyle. Botox® can be used to diminish the vertical “bands” in the neck and can be used to turn up the corners of the mouth. It is also used to treat excessive sweating of the hands, feet and armpits, known as hyperhidrosis
If you want to learn more about neuromodulators like Botox®, Newtox, Dysport® or other neuromodulators, or if you want to get started with one of these treatments, schedule a consultation with Ridenour Plastic Surgery by filling out this online contact form or giving us a call at (314) 501.7763.
Dr. Ridenour and our highly trained staff look forward to helping you get started as soon as possible!