Face movements such as smiling, squinting, or even eating all contribute to the formation of wrinkles, which are one of the most common signs of aging. These lines and creases can make you appear angry or tired, even when you are not. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments such as injectables give you the option of rejuvenating a youthful expression.

If you have questions about getting Botox and other neurotoxins to reduce wrinkles, contact our exceptional team at Charles Chalekson, MD, Plastic Surgery.

Concerns Neurotoxins [Botox] Can Address

Neurotoxins are most effective when used to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which appear on the face due to natural facial movements like laughing, smiling, crying, or frowning. Factors such as sun exposure, pollution, fatigue, genetic predisposition, and overusing facial muscles also frequently cause premature wrinkling in the areas of the forehead, in the space between the eyebrows, and around the outer corners of the eyes.

As many younger patients have learned, early treatments can prevent wrinkles from appearing, provide a dramatic lift, and give the skin a brilliant glow. Neurotoxin [Botox] treatment can be used to:

  • Fade crow’s feet, frown lines, creases around the eyes, nose, mouth, and forehead
  • Reduce the size of the neck bands
  • Reduce the appearance of dimpling in the skin under the chin
  • Make a square jawline appear more rounded
  • Help reduce the appearance of a “gummy smile”

A Botox treatment takes a few minutes, so you can easily squeeze one into your busy schedule. You should avoid blood thinning agents and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen in the two weeks leading up to treatment because of the heightened risk of bleeding and bruising. No other significant preparation for treatment is necessary, and most patients find that they can immediately continue most low-intensity activities afterward.

Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Good candidates for Botox injections are people who:

  • Do not have a family history of neuromuscular illnesses such as myasthenia gravis or multiple sclerosis
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Seek to address their concerns using a solution that does not involve surgery
  • Want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, creases, and lines of expression in the upper face
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Show signs of being in good health overall

Smoothing effects can be seen as early as a few days after treatment, but they are usually fully apparent around a week later. A single round of neurotoxin may last anywhere from three to six months, depending on which neurotoxin is used, the location, and how much is injected.

What to Expect

Neurotoxin [Botox] treatments should be performed by an expert who knows precisely where and how to place the injections to get the best results. You may be asked to make different facial expressions using the upper face, such as squinting or frowning, so the specialist can see where the needle should be placed. After cleansing the area, the injection is placed beneath the skin with a very tiny needle, followed by a cold compress, which could help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising.

Although it is not usually necessary, you can ask for a numbing cream to make the treatment more comfortable. Getting a neurotoxin injection typically takes around 15 minutes. The number of injections you need will vary depending on the severity of your wrinkles and facial features.

Contact a Plastic Surgeon in San Luis Obispo County to Discuss Botox Treatments

Botox in San Luis Obispo County is an excellent option for combatting the signs of aging that could have a negative impact on your confidence.

Dr. Chalekson and his team are committed to the well-being of their patients and strive to meet the highest standards in all aspects of patient care. If you would like to revitalize your appearance and self-esteem, consider contacting our office to set up a consultation to get started.

We happily serve patients from across California and the U.S., in addition to Paso Robles, Atascadero, Cambria, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, and Santa Barbara.

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