Enjoy Wrinkle-Smoothing Injections at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery
Facial wrinkles can take years to form but only days to smooth out with BOTOX® from Chicago-based plastic surgeon Lawrence Iteld, MD—and, since we’re counting, the injections themselves take only minutes to administer.
If the fact that this treatment works so well, so quickly, leads you to raise your eyebrows in surprise, we’re sorry to say, but that’s part of the problem. Every expression you make to communicate with others and other facial movements from chewing and talking during day-to-day life contribute to what are known as “dynamic wrinkles.” These lines form as muscles pull your facial skin this way and that way as you smile, frown, laugh, pout, and even squint.
Each expression may last only seconds, but consider the multitudes of expressions you make every day, every week, every month, every year, for your entire life. Youthful skin has enough elasticity to remain in a smooth state despite each grin or wink, but after your 20s, you may start to see evidence of those expressions. The solution? Give certain hard-working muscles a break.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® injections contain a purified form of botulinum toxin, which is known as a “neuromodulator” for its ability to keep nerves from successfully triggering muscle contractions that stretch the skin. Since muscle activity is the culprit behind dynamic wrinkles, reducing that activity can prevent the wrinkles from showing. That means when BOTOX® is injected in just the right place in just the right amount, the targeted muscles gradually relax—even if you try to make them work.
Within a few days of a BOTOX® treatment, you will be able to make whatever expression you like, but the injected muscles will stay at rest. BOTOX® is mostly used for the upper third of the face, on the forehead area and around the eyes, where wrinkles are likely to form. The injectable is approved by the FDA to address horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between the eyes, and crow’s feet.
Younger patients in their 20s and 30s are now getting “preventative” BOTOX® in the earlier part of their life in order to delay or prevent fine lines from becoming deep, etched-in wrinkles. Routine injections may even be able to train active muscles so they stay more at rest, even when not under the influence of BOTOX®. This can help to stop additional wrinkles from appearing—a big plus—because you know what they say about prevention versus cures.
Finding an experienced injector who has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy is the best way to optimize the effects of a successful treatment. Because it is such a powerful and effective option, only Dr. Iteld, Nurse Injector Desirée Martinez, and Nurse Practioner Nadia Shirani administer BOTOX® at Iteld Plastic Surgery. They have undergone rigorous training to maximize patient safety along with excellent results.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Injections in Chicago?
BOTOX® has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world for a reason (it works), with literally millions upon millions of injections performed each year around the globe. Considering that, just about anyone who wants a nonsurgical solution for the problem of dynamic wrinkles may be a good candidate. People with certain allergies and conditions should avoid getting BOTOX®, but these specifics should be discussed at a personal consultation. For some patients, a different euromodulator—Dysport®, Xeomin®, or Jeuveau™, or one of the newer products—may be recommended.
Brides, in particular, make good candidates for BOTOX®, as the treatment can be done in the weeks before the wedding and requires no recuperation or downtime afterward. Treatments are so quick, they can easily be scheduled between dress fittings and visits to the florist.
How Do I Prepare for BOTOX®?
The BOTOX® procedure is simple, low-risk, and doesn’t require much preparation. It’s important, however, to be careful about the types of medications and supplements you use prior to your injections, as these can affect your recovery and results. Blood thinners—
like aspirin, antioxidant supplements, and anti-inflammatory medications—
may be generally avoided for a few weeks before having BOTOX® injections, as these can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding by making blood vessels more fragile.
But don’t sacrifice health for beauty! If you are taking any blood thinners for medical reasons, please keep taking them! Talk to your primary care physician about your options, and bring up your condition at your consultation at Iteld Plastic Surgery. We can work out what the best plan of action will be to get the results you want.
What Can I Expect After BOTOX® Injections?
It usually takes just a few minutes for a BOTOX® procedure to be completed. Injections can be done during your lunch break, and most patients are able to resume their regular daily activities—but if you want to use BOTOX® as an excuse to bow out of dinner with your in-laws later, we won’t stop you.
Strenuous workouts at the gym usually aren’t advisable during the first 24 hours, and you should avoid bending over, lying down, or placing too much pressure on the injected areas for a few hours.
Injections of any kind typically result in some sort of minor reaction, which may include tenderness, redness, bruising, or discomfort. These side effects resolve on their own in a matter of days—if not hours—as the active ingredient gets to work.
It’s important to remember that BOTOX® results aren’t typically noticeable for a few days. Even then, it can take a little longer for the full effect of BOTOX® injections to be apparent. In all, patients can expect their smoother-skinned results—once they develop—to last for three to four months. Anyone who prefers the youthful look to the furrows and folds associated with renewed muscle activity can schedule a new treatment.
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What Complements BOTOX® Injections?
The other botulinum toxin type A injections—Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau™– are better suited for some patients. Dysport® diffuses a bit more, making it more suitable for larger areas, and has a faster onset compared to BOTOX®. Patients who have developed a resistance to the other neurotoxins might find that Xeomin® works better for them, as it doesn’t contain additives or accessory proteins.
Relaxing muscles with BOTOX® does wonders for dynamic wrinkles, but not static wrinkles. These types of wrinkles occur due to the natural, age-related depletion of collagen, elastin, fat, and moisture from the skin, as well as because of skin damage from smoking and sun exposure. No muscle activity is required for static wrinkles to form, which is why they require their own solution. Any of a number of dermal fillers available at Iteld Plastic Surgery may work in this case, with options that include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and more. These fillers work differently from BOTOX®, as they are intended for volumizing the face and restoring the structure of the skin. Instead of reducing muscle contractions, the soft filler gels reduce the depth of wrinkles by thickening and filling out the skin itself. Some fillers, like Sculptra®, also stimulate collagen production in the skin. All of them can be used in combination with BOTOX® injections.
* Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.