Botox is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, persistent lines and wrinkles that develop over time. Millions of men and women worldwide, benefit from Botox Cosmetic treatments every year. We offer Botox treatments at both of our Ohio locations including South Pointe and Western Reserve Hospital.
Botox was the first FDA approved prescription product that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox was originally created as a useful treatment for many neurological conditions but was later discovered to smooth and soften patients’ eyes, foreheads, and surrounding areas. Botox is a purified protein that is administered at very low doses to reduce muscles contractions in the face. By selectively weakening the proper muscles, Dr. Storck can soften or remove these wrinkles. The results are dramatic but it does not radically change your facial appearance.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. Our skin’s ability to protect itself from damage decreases with age. Botox has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat aging skin with wrinkles and creases.
Botox treatments can be performed in a number of locations, including between your brows (glabella), eye area (crow’s feet), forehead and perioral lines. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the hands or underarms.
Treatment consists of a number of tiny injections made through a very fine needle directly into specific muscles just under the skin. It does not require anesthesia and does not cause pain, only minor discomfort. We use ice to help with the discomfort and to reduce bruising after.
The process of Botox Cosmetic is relatively quick and requires almost no time for recovery. Normal activities may be resumed immediately, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 12-24 hours. Massaging of the treated area is not recommended as it may result in drooping from dispersing of the medication. There may be minor pain and swelling, almost like tiny bee stings, at the injection sites. These injection sites will resolve. There is also a possibility of bruising, which can take 7-14 days to resolve. Overall, Botox is safe and effective but is not for everyone. Speak to Dr. Storck when deciding if Botox is right for you.
Effects of the injections begin to appear within 4-7 days but the full effect may take up to 2-3 weeks. The results generally last around two to four months, after which time, the injections must be repeated. The reason repeated treatments are recommended is because muscle action eventually returns which causes the wrinkles to reappear. With repeated treatments you will notice wrinkles and lines become less severe because your muscles are unable to contract.