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 contributes 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. 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 treatment session, you will be able to make whatever expression you like, but the injected muscles will stay at rest. BOTOX® is approved by the FDA to address horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between the eyes, and crow’s feet.
Because it is such a powerful and effective treatment, only Dr. Iteld and Nurse Injector Desirée Martinez administer BOTOX® at Iteld Plastic Surgery. Both have undergone rigorous training to maximize patient safety along with results.
What Can I Expect After BOTOX® Injections?
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.
While initial results will be visible after a few days, it can take a little longer for the full effect of a BOTOX® injection session to be apparent. In all, patients can expect their results to last for three to four months. Anyone who prefers the smoother look to the furrows and folds associated with renewed muscle activity can schedule a new treatment session.
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Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Injections in Chicago?
BOTOX® has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world, with literally millions upon millions of injections performed each year as a wrinkle-fighter. Considering that, just about anyone who wants a nonsurgical solution to dynamic wrinkles may be a good candidate. People with certain allergies and conditions should avoid getting BOTOX®, but these specifics can be discussed at a personal consultation. For some patients, a different neuromodulator—Dysport® or Xeomin®—may be recommended.
Brides, in particular, make good candidates for BOTOX®, as it can be done in the weeks before the wedding and requires no recuperation or downtime afterward. Sessions are so quick, they can easily be scheduled between dress fittings and visits to the florist.
What Complements BOTOX® Injections?
Relaxing muscles does wonders for dynamic wrinkles, but not static wrinkles. 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.
* Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.