The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Studies have also suggested that Botox® is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
Botox® injections take only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox® is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It is best to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications one to two weeks before treatment in order to reduce the chance of bruising. It generally takes three to seven days for Botox® injections to take full effect, and will last three to four months.
After Botox® Injections
Temporary bruising is a common side effect. Headaches can occur, but this is rare and they usually resolve within 24-48 hours. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping, which usually resolves within three weeks. Eyelid drooping is usually caused by migration of Botox®. For this reason, you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours or lay down for three to four hours after the injections.
Lip augmentation makes your lips fuller and more attractive by increasing their size. Whether you have thin lips or want to add a youthful fullness to your lips by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, a lip augmentation may be the solution you’re looking for.
Most lip augmentations take between a half hour to two hours, depending on the procedure. There many different types of lip augmentation procedures, each having specific pros and cons. Dr. Stein will discuss options with you to help you choose the best course of action for your desired results.
After Lip Augmentation
Lips may swell and hurt immediately after augmentation, but the swelling can be controlled with cold compresses. Talking and chewing should be avoided as much as possible in the first 48 hours after augmentation. Oral pain medications may be taken to control any discomfort, but most people report little discomfort in the days following the procedure. Lip augmentations provide temporary results that last between nine months and one year. The procedure can be repeated.
After an injection procedure, most people return to normal, public activities within a few days, though bruising and swelling can last as long as a week. If you are experimenting with a new look, you may want to begin with a temporary method.