Botulinum toxin is a non-surgical injection that smoothes wrinkles by relaxing certain muscles in the face. These muscles become contracted due to repeated facial expressions, such as squinting or frowning.
FDA-approved and safe for cosmetic use, botulinum toxin is a purified protein that has been used clinically for more than 25 years to treat muscle spasms. There are several different forms of botulinum toxin, including such popular agents as BOTOX®, XEOMIN, and DYSPORT.
When you are under the care of an experienced injector, BOTOX® will look natural and will not inhibit normal movement of the face.
Not all wrinkles are caused by muscle activity. For lines and wrinkles caused by a loss of volume in the face, we offer dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, Belotero, Collagen, Restylane®, and Fat Injections.
Benefits of BOTOX®
- Vertical frown lines on the forehead
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Fine lines around the mouth and on the upper lip
- Lines across the bridge of the nose
The BOTOX® Procedure
BOTOX® injections are performed using a fine needle and only take a few minutes in our office. Most patients say that the pain from the needle is slight, so anesthesia is not required. If you are concerned, however, we can use a topical anesthetic.
The effects from BOTOX® are typically seen in about three days. These effects last about four months; the injections must be repeated two or three times annually in order to maintain your results.
BOTOX® Injection Recovery
No recovery period is required after BOTOX® injections. You can go home immediately and continue most all normal activities, including the application of makeup. Dr. Dutton will advise that you not lie down for the first few hours, and you should avoid massaging the injection areas for a couple of days. You should also refrain from strenuous exercise for 48 hours.
Some people experience minor tenderness and bruising at the injection sites, but these effects resolve quickly. Dr. Dutton’s patients find that BOTOX® injections are a simple, non-invasive way to look younger without the necessity of taking time off from work.
If you’re interested in a non-surgical solution to the signs of aging, contact Dr. Dutton’s office today for BOTOX® in the Chicago / Oak Brook / DuPage County, Illinois area.