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FAQs About Botox

Have you thought about having a Botox treatment done? This quick yet dramatic cosmetic procedure, which temporarily stops muscle botoxmovement, has been used in dermatology practices like North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL to smooth out the "frown lines" between the eyebrows and on the forehead and the "crow's feet" that develop on the outside of the eyes. Here are a few questions that Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach hears from her patients who are considering Botox at North Branch Dermatology:

Is Botox safe?

Botox is a naturally-derived product that has been FDA approved since the 1980's for relief from muscle spasms of the eye and surrounding tissues. While it continues to be used for these and other medical purposes, it has also become very popular for cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and received the green light from the FDA in 2002. When used properly in a professional environment, such as North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, Botox is very safe and has few side effects.

Is Botox permanent?

Botox is designed to be a temporary cosmetic procedure performed by your Chicago dermatologist. Most patients see results lasting about three to four months, although the time varies based on each patient's physiological response to the treatment. Repeat treatments can be done when the effects have noticeably diminished.

Does Botox hurt?

Many patients are understandably nervous about the application of Botox, since the solution is administered with a needle. Your Chicago dermatologist assures her patients that the needles used for Botox are extremely fine, or thin, and very little discomfort is felt upon introduction to the skin. However, a numbing agent can be applied before your procedure if you'd like.

Will Botox require downtime?

Most patients will have a minimal recovery period after Botox is applied. Some swelling or bruising around the injection sites is common but disappears within a few days Your Chicago dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, advises all her patients to refrain from rubbing the face in the hours following their treatment and recommends avoiding exercise for 24 hours after their Botox appointment at North Branch Dermatology.

If you'd like more information on Botox, give North Branch Dermatology a call to set up an appointment today!

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