Is Botox Right for You?

Botox is an aesthetic treatment that can smooth fine lines and facial wrinkles. This injectable treatment takes only a few minutes at Rau Plastic Surgery, and it has fast results with no downtime needed. Is Botox the right choice for you? Ask yourself these questions to find out.

What Are Your Problem Areas?

Botox is most often used in 3 main areas, including:

Forehead Wrinkles: Horizontal forehead lines (above the brows)

Crow’s Feet: Lines at the corners of the eyes

Between the Brows: The 2 vertical lines, sometimes known as the “11s,” between the eyebrows

Botox is especially effective in the areas where wrinkles most commonly form on the face because it’s injected directly into the muscles that control facial movement. Over time and with a natural reduction in skin elasticity, facial expressions start to cause lines and wrinkles to etch themselves into the skin. Botox can force the muscles to stop over-contracting, making it more difficult to keep making the expressions that lead to the wrinkles.

Do You Have Static or Dynamic Wrinkles?

Botox is used for dynamic wrinkles — those wrinkles that form when you make facial expressions like frowns or smiles. Static wrinkles are different because they are the result of volume loss in the face, although facial expressions can certainly reinforce this type of wrinkle. As you lose collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid over time, static wrinkles may appear in the form of facial folds. For example, the nasolabial folds — the lines going from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth — are static wrinkles. Botox isn’t used in static wrinkles because it doesn’t add volume to the face. Products like Juvederm can add the necessary volume for static wrinkle treatment. Many patients have both static and dynamic wrinkles and find that a combination of Botox and Juvederm or other dermal fillers works very well.

What Type of Results Can You Expect?

If you’re looking for non-invasive wrinkle control, Botox can give you the results you want. The injection process takes only a few minutes, and it’s done on site at Rau Plastic Surgery. Most patients have little to no pain during Botox injections, and only very mild side effects if any. You may see some mild redness around the injection site, but this goes away within hours. After Botox, you can return to your regular routine right away.

Most patients start to notice that their wrinkles are lessening after only a couple of days, although it takes up to a week to see the optimal outcome of Botox treatment. At that time, you’ll notice a dramatic decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Many patients say that they look more youthful, more rested, and better overall after Botox treatment.

Choosing the Right Treatment Provider

Choosing the right treatment provider is critical when it comes to Botox treatments. Many patients are fearful of the “frozen” or expressionless look, but there’s no need to worry about that when you’re working with a highly experienced *provider like Dr. Rau and aesthetic nurse Katelyn at Rau Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rau and Katelyn has administered Botox, dermal fillers, and other cosmetic procedures to almost countless patients over the years. They have the skills and experience that will give you the results you need. Choosing an experienced provider like Rau Plastic Surgery can give you a very natural looking result — no surgery needed. If you’re looking for a younger, more rejuvenated, and less tired appearance but you aren’t ready for procedures like facelift just yet, Botox might be the perfect solution.

Contact the Rau Plastic Surgery office anytime to arrange a consultation. You’ll have the chance to discuss all of your cosmetic goals and how they can help you achieve them. The Rau Plastic Surgery team is here to help you achieve a younger look, the easy way.