There are many advantages to getting older. We gain insights that give us more wisdom to see us through new stages of life. We reach a point where we’re no longer “paying our dues” and are enjoying a thriving career. We have years of happy memories to look back on and well-established relationships that bring us joy. These are aspects of aging that most of us welcome. Where we struggle with getting older is in the way our bodies and faces change.
The signs of aging on the face cannot be hidden, so they often become frustrating. In our Tulsa plastic surgery office, patients may find their ideal solution for cosmetic aging in a syringe of BOTOX® Cosmetic. This non-surgical treatment effectively smoothes lines and wrinkles for a more youthful look.
Contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery today at 918-518-5144 to learn more. We serve Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Jenks, and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Research conducted in the 1950s discovered that injecting minute amounts of purified botulinum toxin into a muscle could inhibit contractions. Initially, this neurotoxin was used to temporarily stop involuntary eyelid spasms and other muscular disorders. Since that time, the use of botulinum toxin has expanded significantly.
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of botulinum toxin in the form of BOTOX. The cosmetic drug has since been widely used to reduce the appearance of several aesthetic concerns. These include:
- Frown lines
- Worry lines on the forehead
- Crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eyes
- Drooping brow line
- Neck bands
BOTOX® is also used to reduce excessive sweating, migraine headaches, and a prominent masseter muscle caused by bruxism.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
Botulinum toxin has been used therapeutically for many years. Both therapeutically and cosmetically, this neuromodulator works by binding to nerves at the neuromuscular junction. Here, it inhibits the release of acetylcholine, the primary brain chemical that causes muscle contractions.
By preventing this chemical release, BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles. When the muscles cannot contract strongly, the skin lies more smoothly.
Who is a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Most adults who are looking to enhance their appearance by eliminating dynamic lines and wrinkles may be good candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. It’s important to be in good health to receive treatment. People with neuromuscular disorders, or those who are pregnant or nursing, should not undergo this injectable treatment.
Before conducting BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, our Certified Aesthetic Injector performs a consultation to discuss your concerns and desired outcome. A brief evaluation of the skin and muscle is performed, as well. Treatment options are discussed based on the types of wrinkles that you want to correct. In some cases, dermal fillers are better products for stated concerns.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment takes only a few minutes after we have completed our consultation. Injections are administered using a very fine needle, so patients feel very little discomfort as injections are placed into designated muscles in the face or neck. No anesthetic is necessary.
Side Effects and Recovery
No downtime is needed after BOTOX® Cosmetic injections because side effects are mild and short-lived. Patients may experience redness at injection points, minor swelling, and mild soreness or tenderness.
Some people develop slight bruising in the treatment area. The chances of bruising can be minimized by avoiding alcohol and blood-thinning medications in the few days before injections.
Side effects are so discreet that patients can immediately resume normal activities. We advise postponing strenuous physical activity and lying face-down until the day after injectable treatment.
Schedule Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Consultation
If you want to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and what it can do for you, please contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery by calling 918-518-5144 or completing the form on this page. We serve Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Jenks, and surrounding areas of Oklahoma and look forward to meeting you!