When those first lines and wrinkles begin to form on the face, it can be a shock. We look in the mirror, and suddenly, we see the years catching up. In the early days of cosmetic procedures, the only solution was plastic surgery. Luckily, today, we have non-surgical alternatives like Botox Cosmetic that are non-invasive and natural-looking when your doctor is skilled like Dr. Stephen Small.
What exactly is Botox Cosmetic? It’s an injection of a purified protein that relaxes the muscle activity that causes certain types of wrinkles. These wrinkles include forehead creases, crow’s feet, and “frown lines” – the “11” between the eyebrows. They’re the types of wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions, and Botox weakens these muscles to improve your appearance.
Dr. Small will evaluate the muscles of your face and determine the correct placement and dosage of Botox to provide a flawless result.
The formula used in Botox Cosmetic has been used medically for many years to treat muscle spasms, as well as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
The Botox Cosmetic Procedure
Dr. Small uses a fine needle to inject the Botox in the treatment areas. The injections themselves will only take a few minutes.
Recovering from Botox Injections
One of the best things about Botox is that you don’t need to take any time off from work at all. In fact, some people call it a lunchtime treatment because you can go right back to work afterward.
Some people do experience some minor effects, however, such as a little bit of swelling and bruising. You might feel slightly tender at the injection sites, too, but all of these effects should be gone within a few days. If you do have any discoloration, you can cover it with makeup right away.
Botox lasts approximately three to four months, and maintenance treatments are needed 3-4 times a year for the best anti-aging effects.
Complementary Procedures with Botox
Some wrinkles are not caused by muscle activity; instead, they’re caused by a loss of volume in the face. For those types of wrinkles, dermal fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, Ultra + and Voluma can be used for a kind of non-surgical liquid facelift. Fat grafting can also be used to restore lost volume to the face. Many people get both Botox and fillers for a comprehensive treatment of their wrinkles.
Contact Ocean Plastic Surgery P.A. and Laser Center today to find out more about how a Botox help you look younger. At our Toms River and Manahawkin locations, we serve patients from all over the New Jersey Shore and beyond, including Stafford Township, Barnegat, Lacey, Berkeley, Dover Township, Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Jackson, Howell, Wall, Freehold, Manalapan, and Point Pleasant.
- How much do BOTOX treatments cost?
The cost of BOTOX injections varies based on a number of different factors including the expertise and qualifications of your provider, how advanced the wrinkles are and how much product is used. Your geographic location also plays a role in determining the cost. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of BOTOX injections in 2018 was $397.
- How do I find the best plastic surgeon for BOTOX treatments near me?
When choosing a plastic surgeon for your BOTOX injections, cost should not be your deciding factor. You should look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in BOTOX injections, as well as someone you feel comfortable with. Ask to see before and after photos of previous clients so you can see what to expect.
- Will BOTOX treatments hurt?
While most injections can be uncomfortable, BOTOX injections use a very fine needle, so discomfort is very minimal. If necessary, a topical anesthetic may be used before the injections to minimize this discomfort.
- Are there any risks involved with BOTOX?
BOTOX injections are relatively safe with little to no side effects. However, as with any procedure, side effects are possible and can include:
- Bruising at the injection sites
- Injection site tenderness
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping
- How long do BOTOX treatments take?
BOTOX is a quick in-office treatment, with most treatments taking less than 30 minutes. This means you can come in during your lunch break and return immediately to your daily routine, with no interruption.
- Can I go right back to work after a BOTOX treatment?
Because there is no downtime with BOTOX, you should be able to resume regular activity after your treatment. You may experience redness or tenderness, but there are no activity limitations following BOTOX injections.
- What results can I expect with BOTOX?
You may notice changes immediately following the injections, but full results can take up to 2 weeks to be visible. These results typically last approximately 3 to 4 months before you will need maintenance treatments. BOTOX injections can be maintained every 3 to 4 months in order to provide the best anti-aging results.
- How can I avoid plastic or unnatural-looking results?
To avoid looking “frozen” or plastic after BOTOX injections, it’s important you seek a qualified provider that has expert knowledge of the facial anatomy and extensive training and experience administering the treatment. Technique is just as important to your results. Starting with a smaller amount of product and building to your desired results can help avoid these unwanted effects.