Botox® & Dermal Fillers in Willowbrook IL
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., BOTOX® is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
If you are interested in a BOTOX® injection in Willowbrook IL and nearby areas, call the Elborno Center today to schedule an appointment.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure & Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer.
Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic Used to Treat?
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX® Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. A properly placed BOTOX® injection blocks nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Skin bands on the neck
According to Allergan, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been “extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies.”
Side Effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
Is There Any Recovery Time After BOTOX® Injections?
Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.
The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.
What Can Dermal Fillers Do?
Dermal fillers can help with the following:
- Plumpen thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.