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Rick J. Smith, MD

Plastic Surgery located in East Lansing, MI

Botox® is a well-known treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. At the office of Rick J. Smith, MD, in East Lansing, Michigan, he and his team, which includes Lisa Allen, RN, and Nicole Borek, RN  offer a range of beauty treatments like Botox to help turn back the clock and minimize the signs of aging. To learn more, call Dr. Smith’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a substance extracted from botulinum toxin type A that’s been in use for many years as a safe and effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. When injected as a cosmetic treatment, Botox affects the muscles in your face and limits their activity by blocking chemical signals from the nerves controlling them. As a result, your wrinkles relax and soften, and therefore look less pronounced.

Botox works best in the early stages of wrinkle formation, and may also prevent your wrinkles from setting due to the fact that you’re minimizing the repeated movements that lead to wrinkles becoming permanent.

Since its introduction, Botox has evolved into a sophisticated form of beauty therapy that provides natural-looking results such that no one can tell you’ve had any treatment.

Are there side effects with Botox?

The FDA approved Botox for use as a cosmetic treatment only after it had undergone thorough testing and clinical trials that proved Botox was safe. Even when used in higher doses to treat medical conditions, Botox causes few side effects.

Studies show that long-term use of Botox doesn’t lead to an increase in risk for clients, and there aren’t any adverse effects to discontinuing treatments either. Aging doesn’t accelerate if you stop having Botox injections, but you’ll find that your skin reverts to how it looked before you started having the treatments.

It’s essential to make sure you only receive treatment from certified clinicians to ensure your treatment is carried out safely, which is why you should choose a reputable provider like Rick J. Smith, MD.

How is Botox treatment administered?

Botox treatment is fast and fuss-free, taking an average of only ten minutes per session to administer. Lisa uses a hypodermic needle to inject the Botox serum into the targeted areas on your face. The quantity of Botox used varies according to where you need the injections and the nature of your facial muscles.

You usually receive between three and five Botox injections per session, and you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. If you’re concerned about the needle or having the injections, anesthetic cream or ice packs are available for numbing the injection site.

Once your session is finished you can carry on with your day as normal, which is one reason why Botox is a popular treatment choice for busy women with little time to spare. You should see the reduction in your fine lines and wrinkles within a few days, and as the effects usually last for around three months, you need touch-up sessions about four times a year to maintain the results.

For an easy, convenient way to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles, call Rick J. Smith, MD, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about the benefits of Botox injections.