Cosmetic procedures fall in and out of popularity, but Botox® has stayed popular for many years. Wrinkles and fine lines that aren’t affected much by other procedures generally respond very well to injections of Botox® when they’re delivered by a reputable and skilled Advanced Injectors. At Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery in Greenwood and Carmel, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is pleased to offer this safe and effective treatment to residents living in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is an injectable cosmetic product used to improve the signs of aging in the face. In most cases, it is used to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines that are a normal consequence of getting older. It provides a softer and more youthful appearance and has also been used as a treatment for overactive bladder and migraines.
Botox may be a nice option for you if you want to:
- Temporarily lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
- Look younger and have softer, smoother skin.
- Reduce or get rid of wrinkles on the forehead or other areas of the face.
- Control migraines with an alternative treatment.
- Reduce underarm sweating.
Botox® treatment is often used by people who are unhappy with age-related changes on their face. This product can help you look healthier and younger while improving your self-confidence.
Where Can Botox® Be Applied?
- Gummy smiles
- Frown lines
- Lines on the forehead
- Marionette lines
- Crow’s feet
- Dimples on the chin
- Perioral rhytids (lip or smoker’s lines)
- Platysmal bands
- Bunny lines
How Is Botox® Administered?
In some cases, Botox® is administered after a local anesthetic has been injected into the treatment areas. However, the process is often not uncomfortable enough that patients feel the need to request it. Our advanced injectors will use an ultrafine hypodermic needle to deliver Botox® into the muscles of your face. How many injections you receive depends on how many wrinkles and lines you want to be treated and their severity. For most patients, the benefits of this in-office procedure will last between three and six months before wearing off. At this time, patients normally return for another treatment.
Botox® Procedure Preparation
It’s essential that you notify our advanced injectors if you’ve received other kinds of injections in the three months prior to your appointment. You should also avoid using medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and other drugs that thin the blood prior to your treatment as these may increase bleeding and bruising risks. Furthermore, be sure to tell the our advanced injectors if you’re taking any allergy drugs, muscle relaxers or sleep aids.
After your Botox® procedure is over, avoid rubbing your face harshly and do not engage in vigorous exercise. You’ll still be able to smile or frown. Using a cold compress on the treatment areas and taking a pain reliever can help control any post-treatment discomfort you may experience. You should also avoid sleeping on your stomach, sides or any other position that might expose your face to prolonged pressure.
Is Botox® Right for Me?
It’s your choice to determine if Botox® is the ideal treatment for you. If you’re unhappy with the way wrinkles or fine lines are affecting your appearance or your opinion of yourself, Botox® may be able to help.
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Hamilton or a nurse injector will go over your medical history, answer your questions, address your concerns and describe the procedure to you. It’s recommended to ask whatever questions you have at this time so you can better understand the way Botox® works.
Post Operative Neurotoxin Instructions
After Your Neurotoxin Treatment
- Remain upright for 4 hours after injection (you may lie in a reclined position, just do not lay flat)
- Exaggerate facial expressions in injected areas for 1 hour after injection
- Do not wear a headband or hat where the band goes across your forehead if you have had injections between the brows or in the forehead
- Refrain from aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate greatly (running, swimming, bicycling, etc…) for 24 hours following injections. Walking or other low impact forms of exercise are fine
- Do not massage or manipulate injected areas for 24 hours after injections. Washing your face and applying make-up is fine. Please avoid using a Clarisonic facial cleanser, have a facial, put your face in a massage cradle, or be face down in a chiropractor’s chair for 24 hours following the injection.
- Refrain from using ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil supplements, or vitamin E for 24 hours following injection
- If bruising appears, apply ice to area for 15 minutes every hour to decrease bruising
- The most common side effect is headache with Neurotoxin injections. You may use Tylenol to relieve this. If you are a chronic headache sufferer and have prescription headache medication, you may take it as prescribed by your doctor.
- Neurotoxin will gradually take effect over 7-10 days with optimum result at 2 weeks. If this is your first Neurotoxin injection, we recommend scheduling a follow up appointment 2 weeks after your injection.
How Much Does Botox® Treatment Cost in Indianapolis, Indiana?
Cosmetic treatments such as Botox® are not considered medically necessary, so your insurance likely won’t cover the price of the procedure. Costs associated with Botox® vary from patient to patient. Please call Carmel or Greenwood office today if you have questions regarding the price of Botox® treatment.
If you want a simple, minimally invasive way to minimize wrinkles, lines and other common signs of aging, Botox® can help. Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery is the practice of choice in the Indianapolis, IN area. Please contact our Carmel or Greenwood office today!