Botox® is used for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. Usually with Botox treatments, our patients, both women and men will have 3-4 treatments per year. Dr. Whitlock and his Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery Center team would love to educate you on how Botox works. Botox is not for everyone, and it can, in rare instances, have some negative side effects. That is why it’s important to consult with a qualified injection professional prior whose primary focus is Botox and filler injections.
What is Botox®?
While it’s often mistakenly thought of as filler. Botox® is actually a cosmetic prescription medication that is injected into the glabellar muscles. The glabellar muscles are the frown lines that gradually appear between your brows after a period of time. The temporary treatment, which can be administered by injection to adults 18 and over, works by preventing the muscle contractions that cause the frown lines to form in the first place. Therefore, you’re left with a wrinkle free, smooth, and ecstatic facial expression. If you have many frown lines, wrinkles or even crows’ feet, and you are wanting them to disappear, Botox is right for you. The next step for you is to reach out to Dr. Whitlock and the Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule your free consultation. This way you are able to gather necessary information to make an informative decision and decide if Botox is right for you..
While Botox is FDA approved for glabellar wrinkles, there are many off-label uses for Botox as well.. At Whitlock and Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery, our injection nurse treats the following:
- Frown lines (glabellar wrinkles)
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines
- Gummy smile
- Lip flip
- Dimpled chin
- Corners of mouth
- Neck lines
- TMJ- masseter muscle
- Pucker lines
What does the Botox® treatment process look like?
With Whitlock and Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery on your side, this process will run smoothly. When Botox® is administered, you feel only minimum discomfort. Usually, the injection site is numbed with either a cold pack or a local anesthetic, typically in the form of a cream. The entire Botox injection process only takes about 10 minutes. Therefore, you can have the treatment performed on your lunch hour or conveniently after work. Even if you have a hectic work schedule, need to run children to school or to after school activities, everyone can spare ten minutes of their time. After the initial Botox injection, and within only a matter of days, you will see a definite improvement in your facial appearance.
Some of the side effects from Botox® can include injection site pain, tenderness, redness, bruising, swelling, irritation or inflammation. In addition, some patients have experienced headache, dry mouth, fatigue, neck pain, and blurred vision. Allergic reactions, although rare, included asthmatic symptoms, dizziness, itching, or rash. Patients who become faint or dizzy or have difficulty breathing after a Botox® treatment should contact their health care provider immediately. At your consultation, Dr. Whitlock will ask many questions regarding your health to help reduce the risk of experiencing these side effects. Once Dr. Whitlock has cleared you for Botox injections, you can then go ahead and schedule an appointed time to meet with his injection nurse. Remember, Botox injection sessions only take 10 minutes. You will see results almost immediately with no down-time. Dr. Whitlock’s injection nurse has been formally trained and has years of experience injecting Botox and dermal fillers.
If you would like to learn more about Botox injections, give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation.