How do I get wrinkles?
Throughout the entire day our facial muscles are contracting to help raise our eyebrows, close our eyes or pucker our lips. Unfortunately these normal repeated muscle contractions eventually cause lines and wrinkles that may make us look older, angry, or surprised.
In addition some of us spend a lot of time in the sun which causes further skin damage while others are exposed to the damaging effects of tobacco, and finally some people’s genetic predisposition lead to formation of skin wrinkles. To some degree we can control environmental factors, however by the time we take notice of these wrinkles, the damage may be permanent or it may take some time to reverse the damage. To help improve the appearance of these lines and wrinkle Botox®Cosmetic is a non-invasive treatment option that can help you look younger and refreshed.
At Elite Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chattar-Cora will sit down with you to evaluate your expectations, examine your areas of concern and make a recommendation about how to achieve your goals.
What is Botox®Cosmetic?
It is a FDA approved protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. For over twenty years Botox®Cosmetic has been used to reduce unwanted muscle activity in the eye and nerves. However it is best known for its use in cosmetic medicine to reduce wrinkles that make us look old, tired or angry. With Botox®Cosmetic those lines can be eliminated to make you look rejuvenated, refreshed and young.
How is Botox®Cosmetic given? How does Botox® Cosmetic injections work?
Botox®Cosmetic is shipped in powder form to our office in San Antonio. Dr. Chattar-Cora will personally mix it and then he will personally administer it. It is important for you to understand that the number of units that are given is what is important, not the volume since different physicians will vary the volume of fluid used to mix it.
Dr. Chattar-Cora will use a short thin needle to deliver the Botox ® Cosmetic into the muscles that are causing the wrinkles; the medication then blocks contractions in the muscle into which it is injected, thus allowing the skin to smooth out and become unwrinkled. Untreated muscles are not affected. After you are injected to help avoid spreading the medication to muscles that were not injected, you should avoid massaging the area that was treated.
When should I see the effects of Botox®Cosmetic? How long will the effects of Botox®Cosmetic last?
Although results vary from patient to patient, after injection, it may take anywhere from three to seven days for you to see the effects of Botox®Cosmetic. The results may last up to six months, at which point re treatment is possible.
Are there any side effects from Botox®Cosmetic injection?
Occasionally there may be small areas of bruising at the injection site, but these will resolve quickly.