The ease and effectiveness of BOTOX

BOTOX injections, used as a wrinkle treatment since the late 1990s, have been the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure since 2000. Facial plastic surgeons and other experts performed 4.2 million BOTOX cosmetic injections last year. It is known as a lunchtime procedure, because the injection itself takes about ten minutes, with a recovery time so short that most people are able to complete a normal day’s worth of work. Results usually appear within one to two days, and last three to six months. Patients may return for a follow-up injection after the first injection has worn off. Many patients have found that the results of BOTOX seem to last up to several months longer after several treatments.

Properly used by an expert in facial plastic surgery, BOTOX can make a person look naturally younger. But because BOTOX is so common and easy to use, it is often used by people who are not fully qualified or lack skill. This can lead to people coming out looking unnaturally smooth and with limited facial mobility.

What it is, when not to use it and the alternatives

BOTOX uses a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum to deactivate and relax the facial muscles that produce frown lines, laugh lines and other dynamic wrinkles by their movement. It is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, nursing or suffer from a neurological disease.

Since it is meant to treat a specific kind of wrinkle from a specific cause, lines and wrinkles on the lower face, such as smile lines that appear around the nose and lip area, should be treated by other means. These include injectable fillers such as RADIESSE, a natural calcium compound suspended in gel which can be injected into the face or hands and lasts up to two years. Two other fillers are Restylane and Perlane, gels which can be used to enhance the lips. There are others, with different lengths of effectiveness. Find a doctor with enough experience in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic medical treatments who can consult with you and examine your face and hands to determine which one is right for you.

A BOTOX provider in Charlotte

The best person to go to for BOTOX treatment in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has devoted himself to facial plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures that get the same results. He has a special technique for using BOTOX called a BOTOX brow lift. If you are interested in BOTOX or other wrinkle reduction treatments, contact his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.

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