The reason that treatments such as Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are so popular is because they have real, effective results that do not require surgery or any recovery time. That said, each of these is a prescription medication that should be administered by, or under the supervision of, a qualified physician. Be aware that unscrupulous individuals stating that they provide Botox® may not be qualified healthcare professionals and/or may not be providing an FDA-approved medication such as Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Others may dilute their treatments, making the cosmetic treatment last for a shorter duration or provide inadequate results. Be wary of unbelievable pricing and always have your treatment done by a qualified healthcare professional.
Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin® may also be administered as part of the Liquid Facelift.
One of the wonderful aspects about Botox® is the fact that no true preparation is needed. Most of Dr. Chow’s patients simply arrange an appointment that is most convenient for their busy schedules. That said, there are certain things that will improve your likely results and minimize any risk of bruising that can occasionally occur from injection.
One of the best things you can do to minimize the possibility of a small injection site bruise is to avoid any aspirin or aspirin containing products. This will include similar medications, including ibuprofen, Alleve®, Motrin®, and most over the counter analgesic pain medications other than acetominophen (Tylenol®). If you take prescription medications that thin your blood, including (but not limited to) Coumadin® (warfarin) and Plavix®, you should be aware that you are more likely to have bruising from your injections. If you smoke, your likelihood of bruising is also increased. If you bruise easily, you may choose to take a natural supplement called Arnica Montanna. This has been associated with a decreased incidence of bruising.
Naturally, before any treatment, Dr. Chow will evaluate you in order to determine that you are a safe candidate for the procedure. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that leaves you with muscle weakness, swallowing difficulties, speaking difficulties, or breathing difficulties, you should definitely let Dr. Chow know. Every new patient will undergo a full history and expert exam in order to determine if a treatment such as Botox® will be a safe way to achieve that person’s aesthetic goals.
If you wear makeup on a daily basis, you should plan to have some with you so that you can touch up any makeup that is wiped away from your face in order to clean that area for the procedure. If you exercise on a daily basis, you may choose to work out prior to your treatment at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, since Dr. Chow recommends waiting at least four hours before physical exertion following your Botox treatment.
Most people find that talking about Botox® takes far longer than the procedure itself. Most patients choose to have topic anesthetic ointment applied to the areas which will be treated in order to dull sensation in the area. Others prefer nothing at all. You will have the opportunity to choose before your treatment.
Just prior to injection, any topical anesthetic ointment that has been applied will be gently removed and an ice pack applied to the area. After a short time, typically measured in seconds, the ice pack will be removed, the treatment area will cleaned with alcohol or an antiseptic such as betadine, and Botox® (or other neuromodulator) injections will be performed. All injections are performed by Dr. Chow, a board-certified surgeon who is fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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Generally, you will be able to leave the office within minutes of your treatment. Many patients choose to return to work, go shopping, have lunch, attend social engagements (dinners, lunches, parties, etc.), or are on the way home. If you wear makeup, you can reapply or touch up make up before you leave the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Chow does not recommend exercising or lying down (flat on a bed) for four hours after a Botox® treatment. In addition, if you have Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® around the eyes, you should avoid vigorously rubbing towards your eyes for a few days after your treatment. If you are concerned about possible bruising, you can also continue taking Arnica Montana after your treatment for two days, or as long as any bruising persists.
Most treatments require three to five days results begin to show, except in the case of treatment of masseters. For these muscles, the goal is to reduce their overall size. Therefore, results may not be seen for several months when using Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® to thin the face. For treatments done in other areas, most see results within one, and very occasionally two, weeks.
In order to maintain your results, be sure to schedule your next treatment session before you leave the office.
Botox® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
Dysport® is a registered trademark of Ipsen Biopharm Ltd.
Myobloc® is a registered trademark of Solstice Neurosciences, Inc.
Xeomin® is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA.