- How Does Botox Work?
- Common Aesthetic Issues Botox Can Correct
- Botox Recovery
- Cost of Botox Injections
- Schedule a Consultation
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a biological toxin that has been transformed into a therapeutic agent. It has long been used to treat various neurological disorders and issues like migraines. In recent years, it has been widely used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead furrows, crow’s feet and other areas of the face with hyperactive muscles that cause prominent lines or wrinkles, as well as issues such as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
At Dr. Gikas’ Chicago plastic surgery facility, patients seeking to diminish signs of aging are given Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Dr. Gikas also provides other rejuvenating skin care treatments, including Restylane and Radiesse.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a neuromodulator that contains a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin type A that is able to cause temporary paralysis of the muscles by preventing the nerves from sending signals to the muscles to contract.
Smiling, growing, yawning, scowling, and other facial expressions require the use of our facial muscles. When you smile or squint you can see fine lines and wrinkles form on the skin as a result of muscle contraction. Over time, these wrinkles and lines can become more prominent.
When Botox is injected into the facial muscles, it prevents the muscles from contracting and the skin from wrinkling. This gives the skin a smoother and overall more youthful appearance.
Common Aesthetic Issues Botox Can Correct
Botox is an FDA-approved product that can be used to treat a variety of lines and wrinkles in areas all around the face. Botox can be safely injected into areas like the forehead, brow, around the eyes, around the mouth and lips, the cheeks, chin, jaw, and neck. Botox is commonly used to treat:
- Brow furrows
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Bunny lines
- Neck banding
Botox injections only take around 30 minutes to complete. The process is relatively painless. There may be some redness and swelling around the injection site. You will be able to resume your normal activities the same day as your treatment. It can take around three weeks to see the full results of your Botox treatment. Results typically last for around three months.
Cost of Botox Injections
The overall cost of Botox treatments varies based on the amount of areas being treated, the amount of botox needed, and other factors that can affect the overall price of the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact our office in Chicago today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gikas for your Botox injections. Dr. Gikas can provide you with exceptional care and results and help restore the youthful appearance of your face.