After years of squinting and smiling, wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes can linger even when the facial muscles that cause them are at rest. As we age, factors such as stress, gravity, smoking, and overexposure to the sun can all affect our appearance. If you feel that you look tired and older, discover the proven results that more than 11 million women and men have experienced with Botox cosmetics. Dr. Schrader can use Botox injections to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles to give your face a youthful and rejuvenated appearance. With this customized injectable treatment, you can dramatically enhance your appearance and look years younger.
Botox addresses a specific type of facial crease known as dynamic wrinkles. These lines form from repeated facial expressions, such as smiling, squinting, or laughing. At first, you may only notice the line when you make those faces. However, over time the lines can become permanently etched on the face, giving you a persistently tired or angry look. Dynamic wrinkles usually form on the upper portion of the face, such as horizontal creases across the forehead, vertical indentations between the eyebrows (frown lines), and subtle wrinkles fanning out from the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe lines, which are the horizontal lines between the eyebrows. It has since been approved for other wrinkles. BOTOX is minimally invasive, it has also been approved for many years for a variety of non-cosmetic indications, such as the treatment of headaches and eye spasms.
How does BOTOX work?
Aging skin and facial wrinkles result from a combination of factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by sun exposure and free radicals; certain signs of aging called dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeated contractions of facial muscles. Administering botox softens these wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles, temporarily reducing muscle activity and enabling the wrinkles to smooth away.
Can you get Botox injections?
Botox injections are a popular cosmetic treatment for those seeking to improve their appearance by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this type of cosmetic injection. The ideal candidate for Botox should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment.
Medical conditions such as muscular or nerve disorders can disqualify someone from receiving Botox injections. Additionally, those seeking Botox treatment should not have deep wrinkles or other skin conditions that require surgical procedures. Botox is an effective treatment for unwanted wrinkles and can be used as an alternative to other treatments, but it is important for potential patients to have a thorough initial consultation with an experienced injector to determine if it is the right solution for their needs.
In summary, the ideal candidate for Botox injections is someone in good overall health with realistic expectations. While Botox is an effective treatment for the appearance of wrinkles, it is not suitable for everyone, and there may be alternative treatments that better suit specific medical conditions or desired outcomes. Anyone considering this popular treatment should have a botox consultation to determine if it is the right choice for their needs.
What improvements does BOTOX provide?
For Dr. Schrader, the benefits of Botox are to treat the following signs of aging:
Horizontal lines across the forehead are often the result of repeatedly raising the eyebrows. Botox provides a smoother forehead by relaxing the muscles of the forehead.
The brows tend to droop and hood the eyes over time, which can cause an upset appearance and may even impair vision. Botox lifts and restores the youthful arch in your brows by relaxing the muscles that pull your eyebrows downward.
Frown Lines, Angry 11’s
Vertical lines or furrows between the eyebrows develop from scrunching the brows. Botox halts the movement of the brow muscles to restore youth to the eye area.
Fine lines at the corners of the eyes develop as a result of squinting or smiling. Botox relaxes the muscles around the eyes to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet.
Under the Eyes
Years of squinting can cause wrinkles to develop beneath the eyes. Botox temporarily relaxes muscles around the lower eyelid to produce a more alert facial appearance.
Drooping Corners of the Mouth
The corners of the mouth can begin to hand down over time, causing a sad or upset appearance. By relaxing the muscles around the mouth, Botox provides a more youthful smile.
Indentations and irregularities on the chin can be caused by overactive muscles in the center of the chin. Botox hinders the movement of this muscle to allow your chin to take on a more youthful shape.
Platysma Neck Bands
Bending the neck and lowering the head stretches the muscles and leads to vertical bands on the neck. One of the benefits of Botox is to prevent the contraction movement of the platysma bands to provide a smoother neck.
Combining BOTOX customized treatment with JUVÉDERM® XC or other injectable dermal fillers can give you even more impressive results by addressing additional signs of aging, such as smile lines (nasolabial folds) in the same visit.
Recovery from Botox
After getting a botulinum toxin injection to reduce visible lines and wrinkles, patients can expect a quick and comfortable recovery. Mild swelling and redness around the injection area are common side effects that usually subside within the first 24 hours. Applying a cold compress to the site can help alleviate any discomfort or swelling. Patients may also experience a headache, but this typically goes away within a few hours. It’s important to note that side effects like these are temporary and mild, making Botox injections a simple and popular cosmetic procedure.
Overall, the recovery process for Botox injections is relatively simple and allows patients to get right back to their normal activities. Patients can usually resume their day-to-day lives immediately after the procedure, with no downtime required. Compared to more invasive surgical procedures, Botox injections offer a simple and effective way to achieve natural-looking results with longer-lasting results. It’s also important to remember that choosing a skilled and experienced injector is crucial to achieving the best possible outcome. A qualified cosmetic surgeon can offer patients a customized treatment plan and answer any questions about the recovery process.
Common BOTOX Questions
Results typically last 3 to 4 months after an initial BOTOX treatment. You can maintain your rested look with regular maintenance treatments. If you allow the muscles start working again, the lines will gradually return.
Why Choose Dr. Schrader
- She is a double board certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery.
- Dr. Schrader is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- She has over 20 years of experience, 15+ years in private practice and has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries.
- Dr. Schrader Recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards.
To visit facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Nicole Schrader, in New Jersey and find out how a BOTOX treatment can improve your appearance, request a consultation using our online form or call us at 609-279-0009.