You laugh, you cry, you are perplexed, surprised, unhappy, happy—all of these reactions are a part of normal, everyday life and each of them shows on your face. Over time, the repeated stretching and pulling of the skin caused by the use of our facial muscles can create wrinkles and fine lines. At Advanced Liposuction Center Botox treatments are one option that we offer to clients who are not ready for a surgical facelift or other more invasive procedure but want to see a reduction in wrinkles and lines on their faces.

Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles into which it is injected. This causes the wrinkles to disappear. Areas most commonly enhanced by Botox include:

  • “Bunny lines” in the nose area, under and on the outer part of the nostrils
  • Forehead and brow furrows and frown lines
  • Upper lip and the area right above it
  • Sides of the eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Pore size reduction
  • Jaw (to reduced the width)
  • Soften the vertical muscle bands in the neck

You can expect smoother appearance of your skin to be noticeable within two weeks of treatment and improvements may continue for another two weeks. You will still be able to look surprised, frown and make all other facial expressions in a way that will appear very natural. Although each person is unique, the results of a Botox treatment typically last 3 or 4 months.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Botox?

Our physicians will take a complete medical history and examine your face. (Not all facial lines and wrinkles are caused by muscle contractions and therefore will not respond to Botox.) In fact, we offer free consultations where you can meet with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons to determine which treatment best suits your needs. There are some contraindications for Botox that may alter or prevent you from being a good candidate for this treatment. These include:

  • If you are currently taking certain antibiotics such as Tobramycin, Gentamicin, Amikanci or others that have aminoglycoside
  • Certain neurological/muscular conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Myasthenia, sclerosis, Gravis or LambertEaton syndrome
  • You are allergic to cow’s milk
  • You are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant or are nursing
  • Breathing or swallowing problem such as emphysema or asthma
  • Bleeding conditions such as Hemophilia or are taking blood-thinners
  • Negative or allergic reactions to Botox or similar products in the past

Side Effects Of Botox

Although topical Botox injections for hair are meant to strengthen the hair and enhance its appearance, occasionally the reverse happens.

The majority of stylists advise against utilising these treatments more more than three to four times each year. If not, hair might become dull, thinning, and break.

These therapies are pricey and there is a chance they won’t be effective.

Injecting Botox into the scalp may provide a temporary fix for frizzy or oily hair. When all is said and done, the body absorbs the Botox into the system, which means that 2 to 3 months after the first Botox injections, a person may start to see less of an effect.

Is Botox permanent?

No, Botox is not permanent. The effects of Botox typically last for about 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual’s metabolism, the area treated, and the dosage administered. Over time, the muscle activity gradually returns, and wrinkles or other conditions may reappear. To maintain the desired results, repeat treatments are usually necessary.

Are there any age restrictions for Botox treatment?

While there is no specific age restriction for Botox treatment, it is generally recommended for adults aged 18 and older. Individuals younger than 18 are typically not considered suitable candidates for cosmetic Botox treatments.

What should I expect during and after a Botox treatment?

During a Botox treatment:

  1. Consultation: You’ll discuss your goals and concerns with the provider.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area may be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic might be applied.
  3. Administration: Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle.
  4. Duration: The procedure typically takes around 10-15 minutes, depending on the number of injections.

After a Botox treatment:

  1. Immediate effects: You may experience mild discomfort or redness at the injection sites.
  2. Avoid rubbing: You’ll be advised not to rub or massage the treated area to prevent spreading the Botox.
  3. Results: Initial results may start to appear within a few days, with full effects visible in about 1-2 weeks.
  4. Follow-up: You may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to assess the results and discuss any concerns.
  5. Duration: The effects of Botox usually last 3-6 months, after which you may need repeat treatments to maintain results.

Can Botox be used to treat migraines?

Yes, Botox can be used to treat chronic migraines in adults. Chronic migraines are defined as headaches occurring on 15 or more days per month, with at least 8 of those days featuring migrainous headache symptoms, for a duration of at least 3 months.

In addition, if you have recently had or plan to have facial surgery in the future, you should discuss this with the doctor. To learn more, contact of our Pittsburgh area offices by calling: 724-683-7581.