You want Botox, but you may be hesitant about the aftereffects of this nonsurgical procedure. Will there be pain? Will I swell? Will I be able to go back to work after? At Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, we use Botox as a form of treatment for laugh and smile lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows. With more than 30 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Eisemann has seen it all and trusts in the results that come from Botox injections.
Read along as we take this opportunity now to dive further into Botox and what exactly happens after the procedure is complete.
To start, Botox has often been viewed in movies and TV as something more dramatic than it really is. Botox depicted in popular television is usually shown on a face that looks as though it has been pulled too tightly back, and prevents the person from showing any facial expressions whatsoever. The reality of Botox is that it is a muscle relaxer (not a filler) that produces a smoother appearance where you would normally find fine lines and wrinkles.
Is Botox even safe for me to use?
You might be surprised to know that Botox has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for both cosmetic and medical purposes. For many years, men and women across the nation and beyond have used Botox for its anti-aging benefits. Botox comes in a powdered form and must be diluted properly in order to be injected. Botox is also measured by units. You can easily discuss with your doctor about how many units you think you may need to achieve the results you’re searching for. It’s important to do some research on your own time, and make sure that whoever you choose to perform your Botox procedure is a licensed physician, nurse, or medical professional.
What happens next?
When opting for Botox, it is important that you don’t expect immediate results. With each injection, you may feel a tight pinch, but it should not feel overly painful. When Botox is injected correctly beneath the skin, results are not usually visible until a few days after the procedure. In fact, it could take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks for the Botox to take full effect. You may experience some redness, slight swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. When done correctly, these symptoms should dissipate within a few hours, even for those with sensitive skin. You might experience a mild headache as one of the side effects after getting your Botox treatment. If you become uncomfortable as a result of your headache, you can be treat it as normal with pain relief medicine.
Worried about having to go back to work? With Botox, you can return to work immediately after your procedure is complete. Since it is such a convenient procedure to have, many patients use their lunch time or another small slot within their day to make an appointment and get their Botox done. With all of this being said, you will want to refrain from working out for the remainder of the day after you have had your injections to ensure quality results.
Botox is not permanent and will require follow up visits to keep your desired look in tact. Overall, Botox lasts about 3 to 4 months
The most common sites for Botox injections include:
- Forehead (forehead lines)
- Between eyebrows
- Around the mouth (frown line)
- Around the eyes (crow’s feet)
Prevent effects from fading faster
Beyond Botox, having a solid skincare routine is always a good habit to have. For some, skincare may consist of a ton of steps, but it can also be narrowed down to just three.
- Cleanse: Both in the morning and at night, you want to deep clean your skin to get rid of any dirt, excess oil, and bacteria. Buy a cleanser that is gentle enough for your skin but tough on grime. Pay attention to your skin and stick to cleansers that are dermatologist recommended, or made for sensitive skin if you find you often have skin sensitivity issues. Using a tool, like a cleansing brush, can help get deeper into pores to clean them out. You may also use clean hands to massage the cleanser into the skin. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft clean towel.
- Tone: Use a toner to place on a clean cotton pad and sweep gently across the face for an even deeper clean. Make sure your face is dry before applying moisturizer.
- Moisturize: Find a light moisturizer that can help soothe your skin after it has been cleansed. Opt for a moisturizer with SPF in it. Protection from the sun can help prevent future issues from developing like sun damage, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
If you find you would like to explore more options within skincare, there are a number of hydrating masks, and oils to bring your skin some much needed moisture. For those with oily skin, using products with charcoal might help soak up some of the excess oil that can sit on top of the face. If you suffer from acne, choose products that contain hyaluronic acid, as it can be used to plump skin, retain moisture, and prevent acne breakouts.
Other facial options
If you’re looking for a treatment for your face that has longer lasting effects than Botox, Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center offers facial plastic surgery methods in addition to nonsurgical options. You will see more permanent results from facial plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid lift performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Eisemann.
Why Dr. Eisemann
As an experienced professional, Dr. Eisemann has been serving Houston and the surrounding area for more than 30 years. Along with a number of nonsurgical options available at Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Eisemann is also triple board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been rated as one of the top doctors in Texas by H Texas Magazine, and he was previously the President of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons from 1999-2000. Plastic surgery and nonsurgical procedures are a personal decision, and should be made entirely for yourself. At Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Eisemann and his team of professionals are here to help make your body confidence journey just a little bit easier with the services and expertise provided at our premier plastic surgery center.