While facelifts have traditionally been great options for facial rejuvenation, they’re not always compatible for everyone’s preferences or lifestyle. For patients who prefer a less-invasive method of reversing the effects of facial aging, neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic are the perfect solution. These cosmetic injectables block the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, making wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other issues associated with age disappear. For local patients considering a non-surgical alternative, Dr. Desman can explain the many benefits of Botox® in Northern Virginia and Alexandria.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is a naturally occurring organism. When this bacterium is produced and refined in a lab, the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin A is formed. Botox® Cosmetic is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin A, which was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002 to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows. In 2013, it was approved by the FDA to treat crow’s feet, and in 2017 it was approved for used on forehead lines.
How Do Botox® Injections Work?
Tiny muscle contractions in the face tend to cause wrinkles and lines. For example, some people develop horizontal lines between the eyebrows, from aging or years of making facial expressions. These lines are referred to as “11s.” Neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic work by essentially paralyzing the underlying muscles beneath facial tissue. When these muscles are forced to relax, the skin above them relaxes as well, softening fine lines and stubborn wrinkles.
This simple treatment is an effective way of combating the effects of aging, without the need for surgery. Botox® can be used as a temporary solution for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or Northern Virginia and Alexandria patients can choose to maintain their results with repeat treatments.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Botulinum Toxin Injections?
Botox® Cosmetic is recommended for patients aged 18 to 65 who want to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles without the commitment or downtime of surgery. The injections are safe, but currently there are no studies of their effect on pregnancy. In the interest of safety, Dr. Desman does not perform these injections on pregnant women.
Benefits of a Botox® Procedure
There are a few noteworthy benefits associated with a Botulinum Toxin session, including but not limited to:
Quick sessions (usually no more than 10 minutes)
Minimal chance of side effects with proper treatment
Anyone in Northern Virginia or Alexandria with questions about these benefits should speak with Dr. Desman about the specifics of Botox®
Meet With Dr. Desman about Botox® in Northern Virginia
During a Botox® procedure, Dr. Desman will make injections into targeted areas on the face using a thin needle. Depending on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, the number of injections will vary. The entire process typically takes less than 10 minutes.
All of this means that Botox® in Northern Virginia and Alexandria is an ideal procedure for many different patients. To learn more about the treatment, ask questions, and schedule your initial consultation, reach out to our practice today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Botulinum Toxin Injections Painful?
As with most cosmetic treatments, many patients have concerns about the pain involved. Fortunately, the needle used for Botulinum Toxin injections is very thin, and most patients describe the sensation as a small pricking feeling. Topical anesthetics can be used to make sure the pain is minimal. The level of pain also depends on the skill of the person administering your injections, and Dr. Desman has the expertise to ensure your procedure is a comfortable experience.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Botox®?
When administered properly, there are very few risks associated with Botox® Cosmetic. Most adverse effects occur when it is injected into the wrong area, or if it migrates from the injection site to other areas. Owing to its safety, there have been between 10 to 20 million Botox® Cosmetic injections performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
How Long Does It Take to See Results from Botox® Injections?
Patients can expect to see results within a few days after treatment, but it can take up to a full week for the maximum results to appear.
How Long Do Botox® Results Last?
Botox® Cosmetic injections are naturally absorbed by the body over time, so effects are not permanent, which is why it is such an attractive option for many Alexandria or Northern Virginia patients. To maintain the effects of your treatments, Dr. Desman recommends receiving injections every three-to-four months, depending on your cosmetic goals and how your body responds to the injections.
Is There Any Downtime After Botulinum Toxin Injections?
Dr. Desman understands how busy life can get for Northern Virginia and Alexandria patients. Fortunately, there is no downtime or recovery required after Botox® injections, making it convenient for even the busiest schedules. Treatments are quick and easy, allowing you to stop by during your lunch hour and resume your daily activities afterward. However, you’ll need to avoid lying down or exercising for several hours after your injections. Some patients might experience brief, mild swelling or redness in the areas treated.
What Is the Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Doctor for Botox®?
Botox® is safe, but when administered improperly or by unlicensed staff, it can produce unpredictable results. For best results, it’s important to choose a board-certified physician who must meet strict national standards for education, skills, and experience. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon serving in Northern Virginia and Alexandria, Dr. Desman is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for patients.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Botox® are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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