Botox treatments are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. In many cases, Botox is a very effective method for reducing wrinkles. Botox can be used to smooth wrinkles in the neck and face to create a more youthful appearance. It is especially useful in the eye area.
Removing wrinkles from between the eyes can dramatically change a person’s look from one of permanent anger or sadness to one of contentment and restedness. It is also frequently used on the thin wrinkles that surround the eyes (often called “crows feet”) and the mouth, but can also be used in other areas, such as along the chin and jaw.
The solution used in these treatments is made of botulinum A toxin, a purified protein made from botulism bacteria. This solution temporarily paralyzes nerves of the facial muscles so that they cannot contract and cause wrinkles in the area being treated.
Botox may also be helpful in treating migraine headaches, and can be used to decrease excess sweating of the palms and underarms. If you’re considering Botox treatment, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Kremer.
Frequently asked questions about Botox ® by Dr. Michael A. Kremer:
Botox treatments are unique in that they can be used to remove dynamic wrinkles - the wrinkles that are produced by facial movement.
During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to talk to Dr. Kremer about the changes that you'd like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and the risks and limitations involved.
Botox treatments are brief and simple. First, the skin may be treated with a topical numbing agent, if necessary at all. Next, very small amounts of Botox are strategically injected in different parts of the face. This is accomplished with thin needles that cause very little pain.
Depending on the number of injections needed, the treatment may take 10 to 30 minutes.
Botox treatments are being performed in the office. Anesthesia is rarely needed, but sedatives and numbing agents may be used.
There is some discomfort involved with the injections, but the discomfort is slight. The feeling has been likened to an insect bite. After the procedure, there is virtually no pain.
The results of the procedure are generally visible within 3 to 5 days. Although results vary, the results of an individual treatment last for about 4 to 6 months. The procedure may be repeated and, with each new treatment, the results tend to last longer.
You'll probably be able to return to work or home immediately after the procedure. However, care must be taken to keep the head upright and avoid massaging the treated area, so that the Botox affects only the desired areas.
Most people are very pleased with the results. For long-term results, the procedure will need to be repeated at least twice per year.
In general, the best candidates for Botox treatments are:
- Dynamic wrinkles in the face or neck
- Knowledgeable about the procedure
- In good physical and psychological health
- Wanting to improve their appearance
- Realistic in their expectations
- Not a heavy user of alcohol
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that Dr. Kremer will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask Dr. Kremer if he considers you an ideal candidate for Botox injections.
This procedure can remove or deter wrinkles by preventing the repeated facial expressions that contribute to their formation. It cannot improve the overall texture of the skin, but procedures such as laser or radiofrequency skin resurfacing can be used to accomplish this. Botox treatments cannot tighten the facial skin either. Look for facelift and foreheadlift for ways to accomplish this.
Mild bruising or swelling may occur at the site of the injection. The treatment may also cause a brief headache. In rare cases, the injections may cause the eyebrow or upper eyelid to droop, but this condition is temporary and corrects itself without treatment within 2 to 3 weeks.