What is Botox®?
Patients interested in learning more about Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT recognize that even the most potent skin care products in the world are usually no match for stubborn fine lines and wrinkles.
That is why Botox® is so widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to effectively diminish the appearance of aging skin.
Botox® is the trade name for botulinum toxin A. This purified protein complex is formulated to safely inject into select parts of the skin. It then blocks the signal that the nerve directs to the muscle, thereby preventing it from contracting and causing the lines or creases we typically associate with aging.
Botox® is administered for the following:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Lines around the mouth
- Dimples in the chin
The objective is to simply relax these tightened muscles and release their tension. The results being a smoother, more youthful looking complexion!
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox continues to find more and more uses not just in plastic surgery, but other medical disciplines as well. Migraines are commonly treated now with Botox.
Most common areas to be treated are the corrugators or the wrinkles between the eyebrows, the wrinkles just lateral to the eye commonly called crow’s feet. Other areas are the forehead to smooth the wrinkles there along with the DAO (depressor angularis orris) which can help with the corners of the mouth, the chin, and the neck or platysmal bands so common in very thin patients.
How long will my results last?
Generally, three months. After injection it may take 24-72 hours for the onset of effect and then excellent persistence for 3 months. There are a very few patients which can develop antibodies to the Botox and the effect is lessened or requires higher dosage. Dysport another form of “botox” can be used as well.
Where should I go to receive Botox®?
To obtain truly reliable results from Botox®, it is best to visit a medical professional’s office, like Watterson Plastic Surgery.
Our professionals include some of the most recognized plastic surgeons and practitioners of Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT and the region. All senior physicians on the team completed the accredited plastic surgery residency program required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The facility for Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT is also certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. Even the staff receives Ritz-Carlton hospitality training to provide you with only the best service.
To provide our patients the highest level of skill, many of our injectors have received advanced technique training beyond traditional injection schooling. For instance, our nurses have received focused instruction by expert trainers from Medicis Pharmaceuticals (the former makers of Restylane & Dysport), Valeant Pharmaceuticals (makers of Sculptra), and Allergan (makers of Juvederm & Botox).
Also, some of our providers of Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT are high-level trainers themselves, and serve to instruct other practitioners advanced injection techniques on a state and national level.
Watterson Plastic Surgery is also affiliated with The Aesthetic Advancements Institute, the leader and premier aesthetic educational company in the U.S. which trains medical professionals across the country. Our facility serves as one of only 15 training centers for AAI in the U.S. and Canada.
Certifications and white-glove treatment aside, it is important to note that Botox® is always most skillfully administered by a medical professional.
While Medi-spas and parties selling Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT and the region may offer enticing deals and coupons that promise significant savings on bulk injections, the bargain is not worth the result of those practitioners who cannot provide the safe treatment and lasting results that one receives at a doctor’s office.
The difference largely comes down to the placement of the needle. What works for one person’s wrinkle will not always work for another’s.
Watterson Plastic Surgery thoroughly examines the patient’s unique facial patterns to determine how much dilution and dosage will provide the perfect end result.
There may even be some dangers involved in seeking treatments outside of medical facilities. Some practitioners may water down their Botox® with excess saline in order to administer more injections per vial.
Patients will realize this too late—usually when the effects of their Botox® injection begin to wear off in less than three months. A successful Botox® injection provided by a doctor should last at least four to six months.
Inexperienced practitioners are also far more likely to inject the muscle incorrectly. If this happens, patients may suffer side effects, such as drooping eyebrows or eyelids. You can avoid all of these pitfalls by visiting a licensed medical professional.
How is a Botox® procedure performed? Is it painful?
Botox® is a fairly simple outpatient procedure, and the Botox® Salt Lake City, UT team goes the extra mile to make sure that your experience is safe, comfortable, and effective. First, the treated areas are thoroughly cleaned. Your plastic surgeon will closely inspect the site to determine the best placement point for the injection. Then a small amount of the complex is injected via a fine needle into specific facial muscles.
Depending on how many areas of the face are treated, you can expect the following from a typical Botox® treatment:
- Only takes just a few minutes
- You can have several areas treated in one session
- Or you can do a single area of the face
- Discomfort is minimal
- Recovery time are minimal
- No anesthesia is required
- You can even go right back to your normal routine, without worrying about post-operative care!
Are there any side effects of Botox® treatments?
Common side effects of Botox® include minimal, temporary bruising and mild pain at the injection site. Some patients may experience the following:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Including headaches
- Mild fevers
- Muscle aches
Rarely, some patients may notice the following:
- Drooping of the eyelid
- Drooping of the eyebrow
- Corner of the mouth
Medical professionals advise patients not to rub or otherwise disturb the treated areas for at least 12 hours after the injection has been administered. Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological condition should not use Botox®. Watterson Plastic Surgery is always happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about your Botox® treatment.
What are the risks of Botox injections?
The main concern with Botox is if it somehow finds its way into the wrong anatomical area which can then paralyze the wrong muscle, leaving the patient with an unusual facial animation. Fortunately, this is short-lived and temporary but still a risk—although it be very rare.
Other risks are outlined in most literature and consent forms. There is always a risk of a small bruise at the site of injection. This probably is the most common risk.
Another concern is over- treatment of the forehead muscles, which can smooth forehead wrinkles, but drop the brows. This can be annoying and again, temporary.
Are you interested in receiving Botox® treatments?
At Watterson Plastic Surgery, your satisfaction and safety are at the cornerstone of everything we do. Our board-certified, results-oriented plastic surgeons provide top-notch service to produce the look you desire.
From your initial contact with the office to the moment you come in for your Botox® in Salt Lake City, UT, you will be treated with respect and care. All your questions and concerns are addressed, and you will experience what it means to receive a truly successful Botox® treatment from some of the country’s most skilled and highly respected plastic surgeons.