BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular treatments at Aesthetica Surgery & Spa. BOTOX helps our patients in Columbus, Ohio, look naturally refreshed by smoothing away lines and wrinkles. Younger patients also choose BOTOX as a preventive treatment. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anne Taylor is known for her accuracy and beautiful BOTOX results.
Is BOTOX Right for You?
BOTOX, as well as a more recent alternative called Dysport®, are both popular treatments for men and women who want to look refreshed, youthful, and well-rested without surgery. Both use the same primary ingredient; they simply have different formulations. These treatments are best for remedying these common concerns:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Crow's feet at the outer corners of the eyes
- Vertical "frown lines" between the eyebrows
For the right patient, BOTOX and Dysport can be used to soften the look of neck bands for a younger-looking neck. BOTOX is also FDA-approved for hyperhidrosis (i.e., excessive sweating).
Your consultation will primarily focus on your aesthetic concerns and goals, which will then lead your treatment provider to develop a plan for your session.
Depending on this evaluation, your provider may recommend additional or alternative treatments, such as dermal fillers to restore volume to areas of the face or laser skin resurfacing to improve the skin's texture and tone.
Patients with more advanced signs of aging may be better suited for facial cosmetic surgery. If this applies to you, Dr. Taylor can make more detailed recommendations during your consultation.
Injectable safety: In this American Society of Plastic Surgeons® video, Dr. Taylor shares how she ensures patient safety with BOTOX Cosmetic and filler treatments.
How Does It Work?
BOTOX and Dysport do not replace volume, as dermal fillers do. Instead, they treat "dynamic wrinkles" caused by repeated facial movements, such as smiling or squinting. BOTOX and Dysport are neuromodulators or wrinkle relaxers, which are made from a purified, diluted protein. Once injected, it temporarily suspends contraction of those muscles, allowing the wrinkles in the overlying skin to smooth out.
Many people think of BOTOX as a "lunchtime treatment" because there is minimal time involved and most people are in and out of our office in about 30 minutes. To minimize bruising, you should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications, as well as alcohol, for 1 to 2 weeks before your treatment.
When you arrive at our office for your treatment, we do ask that you remove any makeup beforehand, so that we can properly cleanse and prep your skin for treatment. BOTOX does not usually require a numbing agent, but we can apply ice for improved comfort.
Dr. Taylor will delicately administer BOTOX into targeted areas using a very fine needle. You may feel a slight pinprick, but most people describe this process as almost painless. The entire procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
What to Expect After Your Treatment
After your treatment, you will be able to leave the office and return to your normal routine. Some areas may feel sore or appear slightly swollen or red, but these side effects quickly dissipate over the next 24 to 48 hours. Cosmetics can effectively minimize any skin discoloration.
While patient experiences vary, results from BOTOX generally emerge after about 3 to 7 days and can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Treated areas may remain smooth for 6 months or longer if your procedure also includes fillers. Because the effects from BOTOX diminish over time as the muscle contractions return, it's best to maintain a regular treatment schedule for ongoing improvements.