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Botox® Cosmetic Injections
What are Botox® Cosmetic Injections?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a popular choice for wrinkle treatment in Orange County. Botox® Cosmetic injections are used to temporarily paralyze the muscles under the skin that cause facial wrinkles, especially frown lines between the eyebrows and on the forehead. Botox® Cosmetic wrinkle treatment can help you look younger and more relaxed without surgery.
The wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox® Cosmetic injections are not long-lasting. Although results vary, they typically last four to six months and can be repeated as necessary. Botox® Cosmetic is injected into the muscles under the skin with thin needles, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. The injection process only takes about 10 minutes, and most patients do not need anesthesia, although a topical anesthetic can be applied if desired.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Agha will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details about wrinkle treatment with Botox® Cosmetic. There are a number of facial injectable products available, including Juvederm and Radiesse in Orange County; Dr. Agha will help you determine the non-surgical wrinkle treatment that is best for you. During a consultation, you can also learn about your surgical options, such as Orange County facelift, browlift, and nose surgery.
5 Tips for Post Botox Care
Botox is one of the most common procedures in the United States. Done correctly, it can essentially erase your lines and help you look years younger, all for a few minutes of your time and a very small financial investment.
But as safe and reliable as Botox is, it is still a medical procedure. Like all medical procedures, there are follow ups and tips that you need to keep in mind after you have left the office, in order to both make sure that your Botox treatment looks its best, and also maintains its look for longer.
Tips for Better Botox Post Injection
Avoid Any Unnecessary Pressure, Touching, or Rubbing of Skin – After your injection is over, try to avoid putting any pressure on the treated area for as much as 48 hours. Ideally, try to also sleep on your back, and don’t put any hats on or let anyone push on your face in a way that could push the Botox away from the treated area. Your doctor may tell you to rub the skin in a certain way, and this is okay, but do not add any extra pressure that wasn’t requested by the doctor.
Stand/Sit Up For 4 Hours – You’ll also want to make sure that you aren’t letting gravity put any excess pressure on your face. Stay standing (or sitting up straight) for at least 4 hours to ensure that you’re not changing the location or shape of the Botox treatment. There has been some evidence of relocation when a patient lays down after the injections.
Don’t Exercise or Strain Yourself – Similarly, all doctors recommend you avoid any serious exertion for about 12 to 24 hours after you have received your injection. Skip the gym, and if you have to walk long distances, do so at a leisurely pace.
Avoid Alcohol and Blood Thinners – Try to stay away from anything that may thin your blood, whether it is alcohol, blood thinners, or some other type of medication. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about stopping a medication for Botox.
Follow Up Whenever Necessary – If you are concerned about some side effect, or you see bruising you don’t understand, or you are simply not satisfied with the results, don’t be afraid to follow up. Your doctor can help you address any concerns or let you know what else you can do to care for your Botox treatment.
You should also maintain good skin care after your Botox treatment is over (and after about 24 hours when it’s safe to touch your face again). Make sure you avoid sun exposure, use a good moisturizer and facial cleanser, and exfoliate just as you should always be doing to avoid some of the signs of aging.
If you have any additional questions about Botox, don’t be afraid to ask our offices before, during, and after the procedure. We would love to help you answer any questions you may have.
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