Botox Injections in Miami, South Miami & Coral Gables, FL
Combating the signs of aging on your face can be hard. One of the most popular forms of anti-aging treatments in the world is Botox®. This non-surgical treatment has been used for many years to soften existing wrinkles and to stop new lines from forming. The surgeons at Miami Plastic Surgery offers Botox® as a quick and reliable option to rejuvenate your appearance. Below is what you need to know:
What Are Botox® Injections?
Botox® helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can improve and relax frown lines. It is probably the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of the botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.
How Long Does Botox® Last?
Results will be different for everyone, and will depend on:
- The areas treated
- How many units were injected, and
- The skill of your surgeon.
Its effects can last between three to six months. Generally, the common duration is four months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear, and treatment will be needed again. However, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.
Botox® vs. Dysport®
Botox® and Dysport® treat the same conditions. Both are a type of botulinum type A used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines and other overactive muscles of the face, like forehead lines and crow’s feet. There are subtle differences:
- Dysport® tends to spread a little more than Botox®. So, it works well for areas that would otherwise need multiple injections.
- Dysport® also kicks in faster than Botox®, typically showing effects after two to three days opposed to seven to ten days with Botox, and five to six days with Xeomin®.
Botox® vs Xeomin®
The main difference between Xeomin® and Botox®, is that Xeomin® contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A. Xeomin® is a purified neurotoxin and is therefore also called a “naked molecule”. This “pure” neurotoxin migrates deeper into skin, works faster, and poses less risk of an allergic reaction.
What Is Botox® Made Of?
Botox® (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is a very diluted form of Botulinum Toxin, which is found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It blocks nerve activity in the muscles. In this diluted format, it is used to relax your muscles—typically in your forehead, in between your eyebrows, and around your eyes.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botulinum toxin works by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, by the nerve cells. This prevents the nerve signals from being released by the cells hence blocked signals from the nerves to the muscles. The result is reduced muscle movements – the injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. The wrinkles are “erased”.
Botox® Recovery Time
Botox® is known as a ‘lunchtime procedure’ because patients can return to their daily activities, including work, after a few hours. Patients, though, are advised to avoid:
- lying down for at least 4 hours after the treatments, and
- exercise for at least 24 hours,
- consuming alcohol prior and after the treatment for at least a week, and
- Anti-inflammatory medicines and aspirins for almost two weeks before the treatment takes place. This will help reduce bruising.
Botox® is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
Tiny Botox® injections are directly injected into the skin and muscles in the face using a very fine needle. The procedure takes less than an hour and there is no need to administer anesthesia. There is very little or no discomfort at all.
Botox® Side Effects
Potential Botox® side effects may include:
- Bruising, bleeding, redness, or swelling at the injection site,
- Pain and/or muscle weakness at the injection site,
- Droopy eyelid(s) or cockeyed eyebrows,
- Crooked smile or drooling,
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
- Muscle stiffness, neck or back pain,
- Flu-like symptoms ( fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose),
- Dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, and
Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction.
If you are allergic to eggs, keep in mind this material is prepared with an albumin (egg) base. Additionally, if the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding, Botox® is not recommended.
The results usually start to be noticed within three to 10 days, sometimes even sooner. On average, they tend to last in most people for between three and four months. As time passes, the muscle activity will gradually return to normal.
Why Choose Miami Plastic Surgery for your Botox® Treatment?
Botox® results can vary depending on who is performing the injection on the patient. It is therefore very important to go to a physician who is experienced at this procedure, does it him- or herself (rather than having a nurse or physician’s assistant do it), and that has a good reputation for performing this type of procedure. The surgeons at Miami Plastic Surgery have extensive experience in rejuvenating, refreshing and renewing your appearance.