A Botox treatment is performed by injecting the botulinum toxin type A under the skin around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. This procedure is used to relax facial wrinkles. Somerset Plastic Surgery offers Botox injections as a noninvasive cosmetic treatment in Troy, Michigan. Our team of doctors is experienced in Botox injections and other cosmetic treatments. Here is a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon before receiving a Botox treatment or plastic surgery:

What Are the Benefits of Botox? 

Botox injections are not limited to the face and can be applied almost anywhere. Cosmetic health professionals have received FDA approval to treat a variety of cosmetic and medical conditions with Botox. It can:

  • Smooth wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, and worry lines: Botox serves to temporarily block nerve impulses. The botulinum toxin interrupts the signals that tighten the muscles, relaxing and smoothing the facial areas where the Botox was injected. This helps give your face a rejuvenated appearance. 
  • Treat eye and neck muscle spasms: Botox blocks nerve signals that cause acetylcholine to be released. This is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for muscle contractions. Without acetylcholine, muscle activity stays inactive. 
  • Help with migraines: Specific pain and inflammatory mediators generally contribute to migraines. Botox reduces the release of these mediators. This can shorten the migraines and lessen the pain. 
  • Reduce excessive sweating: Botox can block neurotransmitters responsible for sweat gland activation. When treating this issue, the injections are applied near the parts of your body that are prone to excessive sweat. 

Assess what goals you have for your appearance. Before scheduling a Botox treatment, consult with one of our doctors at Somerset Plastic Surgery about the possible cosmetic and non-cosmetic benefits of Botox treatments. We work closely with our patients to understand their goals and needs.

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox? 

Botox treatments are meant for adult patients. Before undergoing a cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery, review your complete medical history with your surgeon. Make sure to mention relevant medical conditions and the medications you are on, including vitamins. Preexisting conditions such as drooping eyelids, significant facial scarring, ongoing weakness in facial muscles, pregnancy or nursing, and neuromuscular diseases may prevent you from receiving Botox. Going through your medical history with one of our surgeons helps our team verify whether you are a good candidate for Botox treatment. We prioritize the safety of our patients.

What Is the Botox Treatment Process Like?

Before you make an appointment for your Botox treatment, we can go over what the process is like. On the day of the treatment, the surgeon may apply an anesthetic to the wrinkle sites. The surgeon will then administer multiple injections of small amounts of Botox to the sites. Injection pattern and size may depend on wrinkle severity. Ask one of our surgeons to go through the entire treatment process with you beforehand so you know what to expect.

Botox treatment is usually a quick process, often taking less than thirty minutes. After your first time undergoing Botox injections, we may ask you to stay for a few extra minutes. This is to make sure there are no unexpected side effects. If there are none, the treatment is complete, and you can carry on with your day. It takes several days to see the full effect of your treatment.

What Is the Recovery Process After Botox?

Common side effects of Botox include redness, swelling, and bruising. These are usually mild and can be expected to disappear over time. Botox treatments have a minimal recovery period, allowing you to fit your treatment into a busy schedule. Make sure to talk to your surgeon at Somerset Plastic Surgery about the recovery process and if there are specialized instructions for appropriate activities after your injections. For the next day or so, patients should avoid rubbing the treatment area, going into a sauna, and lying down. These actions can affect your recovery.

How Long Will My Treatment Last?

Botox injections provide temporary effects. The muscle relaxant effect usually lasts between three to six months. Effects for other conditions can vary depending on the affected body part and the condition. Subsequent injections are available to maintain the benefits of Botox, and these repeat treatments can be completed as quickly as the first. You are not required to undergo repeat injections. 

Plastic Surgery at Somerset Plastic Surgery 

Dr. Michael J. Busuito and Dr. Christina Busuito, our father-and-daughter team of board-certified plastic surgeons, have over 40 years of combined experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. They lead our experienced team of plastic surgeons. Somerset Plastic Surgery prioritizes communication with our patients, and we offer consultations to discuss your options. Our team creates a personalized treatment plan for you that takes your preferences and anatomy into account. We use state-of-the-art technology to give you natural-looking results, and we offer a variety of financing options for our patients. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about our Botox treatments and plastic surgery options.