The board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery in Bloomington IL have over 30-years of combined experience treating patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as frown lines and deep wrinkles. Utilized in minimal amounts for cosmetic purposes, the toxin found in BOTOX® is injected into the facial muscle of the treated area, causing a blockage in the impulse of that specific muscle; doing so weakens and relaxes the muscle, which prevents the appearance of unwanted lines on the face.
If you are in Bloomington IL and surrounding areas, including Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, and are interested in learning more, call Twin City Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment.
Meet Susie – Our BOTOX® Injection Specialist
Susie Collins, RN provides new and existing patients with same-day BOTOX® injections to reduce facial wrinkles. BOTOX® can help restore your youthful glow and give you new confidence.
Contact our office today with any questions, or to schedule your treatment with Susie!
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is known as a neuromodulator. It is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. Back in the 1950s scientists discovered that when the botulinum toxin was injected in very minute doses into a muscle, the toxin caused the muscle to become paralyzed for a period of time. It effectively relaxed the muscle. It does this by blocking the nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain. That led to the development of BOTOX®, which was originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of involuntary eyelid spasms.
BOTOX® became a household brand name in 2002 when the FDA approved it for use in erasing wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face. These wrinkles are formed by muscle contractions under the skin, so when BOTOX® is injected into the muscle that forms the wrinkle on the skin above, it relaxes the muscle and the wrinkle disappears.
The use of BOTOX® has continued to expand to the point where it is now used to treat migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, excessive underarm sweating, and even urinary incontinence.
How Does BOTOX® Differ from Dermal Fillers?
As mentioned above, BOTOX® works on wrinkles that form from muscle contractions under the skin. These are known as dynamic wrinkles. By relaxing the muscle that causes a wrinkle to form on the skin above when the muscle contracts, the injection erases the wrinkle.
Dermal fillers work entirely differently. As their name implies, fillers are injected beneath a wrinkle and they “fill” in the depression, pushing the skin back upward. Dermal fillers are used on static wrinkles caused by sun damage, declining collagen, and natural skin aging, plus they return volume to areas such as the cheeks and the lips.
What Areas are Treated with BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is used on the upper third of the face. It is effective on treating crow’s feet on the outside of the eyes, the 11s that form between the eyebrows, and on forehead lines.
Who is a Good Candidate for BOTOX®?
BOTOX® only works on wrinkles on the upper third of the face, the expressive area of the face. So, if your wrinkles are due to muscle contractions forming a wrinkle on the forehead or around the brows or eyes, BOTOX® is the answer. For wrinkles on the lower portions of the face, however, BOTOX® does not have any effect, as these wrinkles are due to sun damage and other factors.
The BOTOX® Procedure
The whole procedure usually lasts about 15 minutes, and after the procedure, the patient may experience slight discomfort in the injection sites, which may be alleviated with the application of cold compresses, as allowed by the doctor.
Recovery from BOTOX® Injections
Minimal recovery time is needed after injections. A few days after treatment, the patient may notice redness and bruising in the injection sites but will fade over time. Results normally are noticed three to seven days following BOTOX® treatment, and the outcomes of the procedure will improve over the course of three to four months; after which, the results will start to fade.
To achieve longer-lasting results, patients can come back for repeated sessions at different intervals. When BOTOX®> is administered in repeated treatments, the targeted muscles will more likely produce longer-lasting results since they are atrophied or thinned by continuous injections.
Are There Any Side Effects?
BOTOX® has been injected tens of millions of times around the world with very few reactions. The main possible problem comes if it is injected by an inexperienced injector. If it is injected into an incorrect muscle, it can cause issues such as a droopy eyelid. That’s why it’s very important to have your injections performed by an expert in facial anatomy who has extensive experience, such as Drs. Randolph, Tattini, and Holt.
Otherwise, the main issues after injections are slight swelling and redness at the injection sites. These usually resolve themselves in a day.
It is important for patients to refrain from rubbing their injection sites for the first 24 hours after their injections. Rubbing the sites can cause the BOTOX® to move to an unintended muscle.
Are BOTOX® Injections Painful?
At Twin City Plastic Surgery, we inject BOTOX® with a very tiny needle, and it is not injected to great depth. Most people equate the feeling to that of a slight pinprick, and they don’t require any topical numbing. However, if you would like that, we can provide some. It simply adds some time to your session, as the numbing cream needs some time to take effect.
How Long Do Results Last?
Unlike dermal fillers, BOTOX® doesn’t work immediately. It takes from 3-4 days to fully relax the muscle. From there, it usually keeps the muscle from contracting and the wrinkle from forming above it for about four months.
Twin City Plastic Surgery provides BOTOX® to patients from Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL. Call (309) 662-6772 or fill out our online contact form here to schedule an injection appointment today.