Botox Q & A
The Cosmetic Office of Dr. Platt
What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles are the natural result of:
- Collagen depletion
- Sun damage
- Repetitive muscle motion
Botox Cosmetic targets facial wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement. Frown lines form from frowning and furrowing your brow while crow’s feet result from squinting and smiling.
How does Botox work?
Botox injections improve the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines by reducing muscle activity along the brow line and at the side of the eye. During a crow’s feet treatment, Dr. Platt injects Botox into three sites in the muscles beside the eye. For frown lines, Dr. Platt administers five injections along the browline.
Botox blocks the nerve activity to the surrounding muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles. If you have moderate to severe wrinkles, your results will be noticeable within 24-48 hours of treatment and last up to three months.
What are the benefits of Botox?
Botox treatments are an effective alternative to more invasive procedures to reduce wrinkles. The quick 10-minute injections have several benefits, including:
- Less noticeable wrinkles
- Responsive facial expressions
- No recovery time
- No surgery required
How can I prepare for my appointment?
You can discuss your goals, options, and budget with Dr. Platt before creating a treatment plan.
Once you’ve decided on your treatment plan, Dr. Platt needs to have a list of all your medications, including nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal medications. Make sure you bring her that list, because you may need to refrain from using certain medications.
You also need to prepare a medical history for Dr. Platt, notifying her of any muscle or nerve conditions or facial surgeries. Dr. Platt also needs to know if you are, could be, or plan to become pregnant.
Finally, you may want to bring a list of questions to your appointment. You may ask Dr. Platt to see any before and after pictures from her past patients. You might also be curious about how many years of experience Dr. Platt has with Botox and how often she performs the treatment, so feel free to ask.
If you’re hesitant about the pain, you can ask Dr. Platt about pain-management options. And finally, you might include questions about possible side effects and what to do if you experience them.
If you would like to know more about Botox treatments, call or use the online-booking option to set up a consultation with Dr. Platt.