Laugh lines, character lines--these are the polite terms people use to describe the facial wrinkles you would like to get rid of. Those wrinkles at the corners of your eyes (crow's feet), furrows between your eyebrows and lines on the forehead contribute to an older, tired look. Your Chicago, Illinois dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach may be able to erase those wrinkles, helping you look years younger.
BOTOX Cosmetic can smooth those lines.
You won't need complicated surgery to freshen up the appearance of your face. An injectable medication called BOTOX Cosmetic has been used successfully for years to change the look of crow's feet, frown furrows and forehead lines on both women and men. Far less costly than a face lift, minimally invasive, and fast, with no recovery time, BOTOX injections can be done right in the physician's office.
BOTOX is a pharmaceutical form of the botulism toxin. When injected under the skin and into the facial muscles, it acts to stop the muscular contractions which, over time, cause wrinkles.
The BOTOX treatment
Your Chicago dermatologist Dr. Fahrenbach will visually inspect your face, focusing on the areas which concern you. Then, she will discuss your overall health and current prescriptions. Patients who wish to receive BOTOX Cosmetic injections should not be taking blood thinners, sleeping pills or allergy treatment.
Having decided with the patient to proceed with the injections, the doctor will use some local anesthetic to numb the appropriate areas of the face. She may also use a cold numbing spray for additional comfort.
The physician then injects the BOTOX into the facial muscles. The shots are small and done with a fine needle. Right after the procedure, the patient can assume his or her normal routine.
What to expect from BOTOX
The results of BOTOX Cosmetic are a noticeably relaxed and smoother facial appearance around the eyes, between the eyebrows and across the forehead. The change is not immediate but can take 3 to 7 days to appear. When it does, your rejuvenated look will last 3 to 12 months. BOTOX injections may be repeated after that.
While not appropriate for pregnant or lactating women or for people with specific kinds of nerve or muscular conditions, BOTOX is a reliable and natural-looking solution to routine signs of aging. Some physicians use another form of BOTOX for medical conditions such as lazy eye, excessive sweating and problems with the urinary bladder.
Explore how BOTOX can help you look younger.
Contact board-certified dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology. This very experienced Chicago, Illinois physician treats signs of aging with BOTOX and also takes care of skin conditions and diseases such as acne, hair loss, and skin cancer.
To discuss BOTOX with Dr. Fahrenbach, call North Branch Dermatology at 773-763-6000. She will be happy to explain the procedure and evaluate you for treatment.