Botox® is the brand name for purified botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin used in plastic surgery to reduce wrinkles caused by aging and weathering, as well as facial spasms and other abnormal muscle contractions typical in neurological disorders.
The neurotoxin is a protein complex derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. While this drug is common for therapeutic use, the use of Botox for cosmetic purposes has grown in popularity, making it the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the world.
Our plastic surgeons routinely administer Botox for a variety of FDA approved indications.
If you suffer from any of the subsequent symptoms and are between 18-65 years of age, you may want to consider Botox injections:
How is Botox injected?
Botox treatment requires only about 15 minutes and is conducted in an office setting at our Kansas City locations.
First, you and your plastic surgeon will sit down to discuss the points of injection and dosage needed. The larger the muscle to be treated, the greater the amount of Botox injected. The surgeon then marks these sites and applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area.
Once injected, the neurotoxin blocks the nerve impulses and temporarily paralyzes the muscles treated, allowing the muscles to relax and the wrinkles to smooth out. You will see the effect almost immediately, and will continue to observe how it improves over the following days.
What happens after Botox treatment?
You can expect to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. Your plastic surgeon will ask that you remain upright for about six hours and that you avoid alcohol. Results take effect 4-8 days later, and last about 4-6 months. Contact your surgeon or other healthcare professional immediately if you experience difficulty with swallowing, speaking, or breathing, or if any of the following common side effects worsen: redness, bruising, stinging around the injection sites, nausea, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache and eyelid droop.
If you're seeking Botox treatment in the Kansas City area, contact us today for more information. Drs. Korentager, Ponnuru, Hendrix, De Souza and Bhavsar at The University of Kansas Physicians are happy to take your questions about treatment with Botox. Please give us a call at 913-588-2000 to set up a consultation.
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