BOTOX is a safe and effective treatment for the temporary reduction of lines and wrinkles in areas such as the forehead, crow’s feet, and between the brows as an alternative to face lift surgery in Columbus, Ohio. Essentially, BOTOX is the purified protein form of botulinim toxin, which relaxes the muscle activity that causes wrinkles to develop. Additionally, BOTOX can help Columbus, Ohio residents treat excessive underarm perspiration and muscle contractions.
In 2009, the FDA approved an alternative to BOTOX called Dysport for use in treating wrinkles between the eyes. Dysport has been used for years in Europe, and Central Ohio Plastic Surgery, was one of the first in the country to offer this injectable for our patients.
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BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport treatments take only minutes to perform. During treatment, Dr. Lichten makes several small injections into the facial muscles that are causing dynamic wrinkles. These injections are practically painless, with many patients saying they feel like a bug bite. Most patients do not need anesthesia but Dr. Lichten can provide a local anesthetic, if needed, to maximize comfort. The amount of BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport used during your procedure will depend on the areas being treated and the extent of wrinkling.
After a Columbus BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport treatment, most patients are ready to return to work or other daily activities almost immediately. It is a true “lunchtime” procedure. Some minor swelling and bruising at the treatment site may occur, but this is not very noticeable in most cases. Facial skin should begin to look smoother and more refreshed about 3 days after treatment, with the full effect being revealed after about 2 weeks. Patients usually find their treatments will last 4 to 6 months.
Many practitioners who are not plastic surgeons have begun to offer aesthetic treatments like BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® and skin resurfacing procedures. Just because anyone who graduated from medical school can dispense BOTOX, Dysport, and facial fillers, doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea.
Injectables are a minimally invasive procedure, but that doesn’t mean you want a minimally trained physician. At Central Ohio Plastic Surgery, you will be having your injections performed by a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lichten has been trained in the structures of the face and skin as part of his formal residency training, not just as part of a weekend course.
Many people choose to combine their BOTOX or Dysport treatment with an injectable filler such as Restylane, Perlane® or JUVÉDERM. With an extremely short recovery period and no bandages or stitches, BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport make it easy to achieve lasting wrinkle reduction.