What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a non-surgical, physician-administered, injectable treatment that can smooth modern to severe frown lines around the brows in patients from the age of 18 to 65, as well as a great maintenance option for Dr. BYUN’s famous facial repair procedures.
The injection is made from a purified protein from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria and targets the muscles that cause frown lines around the brows by relaxing them and reducing their activity.
Is It FDA Approved?
Yes, it is the only treatment of its type to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Results can vary between people but the effects of BOTOX® can last up to four months. Though its cosmetic benefits had been researched since the late 1980’s, in April 2002, the FDA approved the usage of BOTOX® (botulinum toxin type A) to treat frown lines near the glabellar lines. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women saw an improvement in the appearance of their lines one month after treatment.
What Is The Treatment Like?
It is quick, nonsurgical, and minimally invasive. The treatment only involves a few small injections into the facial muscles and causes little discomfort. Ice can be used to both numb the area and constrict the blood vessels to help prevent bruising. Patients often say the sensation of discomfort is similar to a bug bite. Better yet, there is no recovery time.
Chicago’s Top Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael BYUN will perform an assessment to determine a treatment plan to achieve the best results based on your goals and anatomy. After a plan has been specifically created, Dr. BYUN’s Registered Nurse will fulfill the plan. Dr. BYUN has extensively trained his Nurses for injections. The injections take about ten minutes, and you may resume normal activity immediately.
When Will I See Results From BOTOX®?
You may see noticeable improvement within mere days. Improvement of lines can continue for up to a month and results may last up to four months.
How Long Does BOTOX® Last?
Results can last for as long as four months, but continual treatment every few months can prevent frown lines from returning to their pre-treatment appearance.
Will I Experience Any Side Effects?
The most common side effects are headache, mild swelling, bruising near injection site, and tenderness near injection site.
Less than three percent of people have adverse reactions. These reactions may cause pain in the face, erythema (reddening of the skin) at the injection site, muscle weakness, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, respiratory infection, and flu-like symptoms. These primarily only occur within the first week, and Dr. BYUN’s skilled surgical team will assist you should a reaction like this occur.
Will My Facial Expressions Continue To Look Natural?
Though there are easily visible results, BOTOX® will not radically change your entire facial appearance or make it look as though you have undergone a surgical procedure. The muscles that cause frown lines have simply had their activity reduced. Therefore, you can still frown and look surprised, but you will not have wrinkles or creases between your brows.
What Will Happen To The Frown Lines Between My Brows If I Choose Not To Continue Treatments?
Nothing negative. The lines around your brows will just gradually return to their pre-treatment appearance.
Dermal Filler Options
Dr. BYUN does not recommend fillers of any form. This includes popular treatments such as Restylane, Radiesse, etc. The fillers migrate (downwards), and accelerate the aging process by adding weight and unwanted volume to the face. Consistent use can lead to drastic changes to the face, even creating a boxy/square jawline. Therefore, we do not offer those services. We do offer effective, natural alternatives that create structural changes, while still keeping you looking like you.
Dr. BYUN loves the use of PRP treatments as they prove to be a fantastic alternative to fillers. He prefers to focus on natural and organic anti-aging treatments that are safe for all patients. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are a more natural approach for anti-aging treatments, rather than the use of fillers and fat transfers. These treatments use your own blood to increase elastin and collagen production. Dr. BYUN would prefer to use PRP as a natural filler, to amplify the natural growth factor your body uses to heal and restore tissue. The PRP treatment will help your skin to rejuvenate faster, without the risk of an allergic reaction or skin sensitivity. There are a few treatment options including: PRP Injections, and PRP Injections with Dermal Spin, also known as Microtunneling.
Below is an example of a patient with filler complications, corrected by Chicago’s Top Plastic Surgeon Dr. BYUN. The patient was unhappy with the heaviness of her face, as well as how square her face was becoming due to prolonged use of fillers. Dr. BYUN was able to restore her face back to a more desired appearance by using his signature Muscle Repair Facelift.
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