Dr. Michael L. Schwartz, MD and his team of medical professionals at Palm Beach Face specialize in the Botox procedure. Individuals interested in Botox in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and the surrounding areas can trust they are in good hands.
- What Is Botox® Cosmetic?
- Why Choose Botox®?
- Who Is a Candidate for Botox® Cosmetic?
- A Botox® Consultation at Palm Beach Face
- The Botox® Procedure
- What Is the Recovery Time for Botox®?
- What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Botox®?
- Botox vs Fillers: What They Treat
- How Long They Last
- Combining Botox and Fillers
- Botox for the Neck
- FAQs about Botox ® Injections
Years of expression can leave the face deeply etched with lines and wrinkles. Concentration, squinting, and frowning creates vertical lines between the eyebrows, while smiling can create “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes. These lines can cause people to look older than they really are or even change their resting facial expression. Luckily, there’s a safe and effective solution: Botox®. It’s a popular injectable treatment that works by stopping the nerve impulses to the muscles that create these less-than-desirable lines and wrinkles.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael L. Schwartz, MD and his team of medical professionals at Palm Beach Face, Florida specialize in this popular and effective procedure. Individuals interested in Botox® in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and the surrounding areas can achieve a more youthful appearance and trust they are in good hands with Dr. Schwartz.
What Is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is a non-surgical injectable treatment that temporarily smooths out dynamic lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. A variety of wrinkles can be treated including forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and neck bands. Botox®, which is the cosmetic form of medical botulinum toxin, works by blocking the nerve impulses and temporarily relaxing the facial muscles responsible for wrinkling. The result is a smoother, more youthful and refreshed appearance for months at a time.
Approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox® was the first treatment to use botulinum toxin to ease wrinkles. Since then, it has proven to be effective for treating the “frown lines” between the brows caused by muscle contractions. Using Botox® causes safe paralysis of the glabellum muscles above the eyebrows. This helps to prevent future forehead wrinkles or the deepening of current creases. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country and can now treat several types of dynamic wrinkles.
Why Choose Botox®?
The primary benefit of Botox® treatments is an immediate improvement in expression and appearance. Individuals in the West Palm Beach area often turn to Botox® as a safe and effective way to minimize the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows, worry lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. Not only does Botox® minimize signs of aging, but this popular treatment can also create a friendlier, more approachable appearance. Many patients choose Botox® over other cosmetic treatments and surgical procedures because it requires no recovery time and offers great results.
Who Is a Candidate for Botox® Cosmetic?
Good candidates for Botox® in West Palm Beach include men and women who are healthy and have dynamic facial wrinkles that are not yet deeply etched into the skin.
Most people between the ages of 18 and 65 who are concerned about lines and wrinkles are eligible for Botox® treatment. However, women who are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding should wait to get Botox® treatment. Botox® is not appropriate for everyone, including individuals with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
People who are suffering from a muscular or nerve disease, have a breathing problem, intend to have surgery, have undergone surgery of the face, are allergic to botulinum toxin products, have swallowing problems, or have difficulty with their facial muscles should not use Botox®.
A Botox® Consultation at Palm Beach Face
During a Botox® consultation in West Palm Beach with Dr. Schwartz, a detailed medical history for the patient will be recorded, including any allergies, previous cosmetic treatments, and any medications the patient is currently taking. Dr. Schwartz asks patients about their goals and performs an exam before recommending a treatment plan, which may include alternatives or complementary treatments to Botox®.
The doctor may perform a detailed skin analysis with digital skin imaging to assess the skin’s age and health. Be sure to come prepared with a list of questions to ask the doctor and don’t be shy about expressing any concerns you may have. Dr. Schwartz is an expert and will give you all the information you need to make a treatment decision. Individuals looking for a Botox® specialist in the West Palm Beach and Delray Beach areas can schedule a consultation at the doctor’s West Palm office.
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The Botox® Procedure
Dr. Schwartz performs the Botox® procedure at his West Palm Beach, FL office, a process which typically takes around ten minutes to complete. Botox® is injected into the glabellum muscles between the eyebrows, and/or other areas where it is needed to ease facial creases. The areas to be treated will be discussed well in advance of the procedure.
Local anesthesia is used to increase patient comfort before the Botox® is administered directly into the muscle with several tiny injections. Some discomfort may occur during the injections, but this is typically minimal and does not last long. Numbing the area beforehand can help reduce any discomfort. This is accomplished by using an anesthetic cream or a cold pack.
There is no recovery or downtime and patients are able to immediately resume work and other normal activities.
What Is the Recovery Time for Botox®?
Unlike many like other cosmetic procedures, there is no recovery time required for Botox® in West Palm Beach. Immediately after cosmetic injections, patients may experience mild injection site pain, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding. However, these side effects should subside quickly and should not affect normal activities.
The effect of Botox® treatments can be seen within five to seven days after treatment, though it can take two weeks for the maximum effect to occur. Like most injectable procedures, some swelling, redness, or bruising can occur at the injection site, though these side effects typically clear up quickly.
What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Botox®?
As with most cosmetic procedures, there are potential risks associated with Botox®, although the more serious complications are extremely uncommon. Side effects and risks may include:
|Bruising||Numbness||Droopy eyelids||Allergic reaction|
|Temporary eyelid droop||Nausea||Headache||Respiratory infection|
|Flu syndrome||Breathing problems||Loss of voice||Problems swallowing|
Though these side effects are very rare when Botox® treatment is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, patients should contact a doctor immediately if they experience any of these symptoms as some can be life-threatening.
One of the main differences between Botox injections and injectable dermal fillers is the type of wrinkles they treat. Some people have wrinkles that will respond to Botox, others have wrinkles that are better suited to fillers. Some people have a combination of wrinkles and might benefit from treatment with both types of injections.
In short, Botox works on wrinkles that develop after years and years of muscle movements and facial expressions. Some people have much more expressive faces than others. They frown, furrow their brows, smile, squint their eyes and so on. Over the years, those people are very likely to notice lines in particular areas of the face. These lines are referred to as dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles commonly form between the eyebrows, where one or two vertical wrinkles known as frown lines can develop. Another common area is at the corners of the eyes, where years of squinting, crying or laughing can lead to the development of fine lines known as crows’ feet. Some people have a habit of scrunching up their forehead when thinking, which can cause horizontal creases to stretch across the front of the forehead.
Fillers treat wrinkles that don’t develop as a result of movements but rather due to gravity and a loss of elasticity and moisture that occurs with age. Some types of fillers can also treat volume loss. For example, Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma can both treat a loss of volume in the cheek area. Juvederm Volbella, on the other hand, is specifically designed to add volume and fullness to the lips.
If you’ve decided that fillers are the better option for you because of the type of wrinkles you have, the next step is to decide which type of filler is best for you. Fillers can be made from hyaluronic acid, calcium, or synthetic materials. Each differs in the type of wrinkles or volume loss it treats and in terms of how long it lasts.
How Long They Last
While the duration of results from Botox or fillers might not have much influence over which one is most appropriate for you, how long results last can give you an idea of what to expect after each treatment.
Botox, for example, doesn’t have particularly long-lasting results. Usually, wrinkles fade a few days to a week after the injection and remain gone for about three months. If you want to keep the wrinkles from reappearing, you can schedule a repeat treatment as the end of three months approaches or as directed by your surgeon.
Fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years. It all depends on the thickness of the substance that’s injected and the sort of response it triggers in your body. Radiesse, for example, provides results instantly. Then, it continues to provide results, even after the initial substance has worn off, because it stimulates the production of collagen in your dermis. Often, results from an injection with Radiesse can last for up to two years.
Combining Botox and Fillers
It might be the case that you don’t just have one type of wrinkle. A cruel fact of aging is that many people develop both dynamic wrinkles, which are created by movement, and static wrinkles, which are created by gravity and tikme. The good news is that it’s possible to combine Botox and fillers during a single treatment session to smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Since the Botox is likely to wear off first, you might need to schedule a repeat or follow-up appointment for another Botox injection before the fillers wear off.
Botox for the Neck
Botox injections don’t only help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet or vertical frown lines on your forehead. The treatment can also be used on the neck, to reduce the look of neck bands, which are created when the platysma muscle protrudes, creating two cords up and down the neck.
The injections help relax the muscle, so that it doesn’t protrude. It’s not a permanent fix and the results will generally fade away after a few months. Since the neck is a delicate area and the platysma muscle is very thin, it’s important to find a surgeon who has plenty of experience using Botox on the neck.
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FAQs about Botox ® Injections
The effects of the procedure normally last four months. However, this can vary from person to person. Some people have experienced results that last up to six months. Others find that their injections wear off more quickly. The results of Botox® Cosmetic are temporary and the injections will need to be repeated every four to six months in order to maintain the results.
Botox® is the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin. When injected into certain muscles responsible for wrinkling, it blocks the nerve impulses and temporarily relaxes the muscle. This eases current wrinkles and keeps new wrinkling from forming.
Prices for Botox® in West Palm Beach vary depending on the number of injections needed.
Dr. Schwartz performs Botox® injections in his West Palm Beach, FL office.
Dr. Schwartz uses a local anesthetic to maximize the patient’s comfort during the Botox® injection.
The Botox® injection is a simple and quick in-office treatment that takes around ten minutes to perform.
Patients may experience a brief sensation like a pin prick during the injection. However, Dr. Schwartz uses a local anesthetic to maximize his patients’ comfort during the procedure.
There is virtually no recovery or downtime after the Botox® injection and patients are able to immediately return to their normal activities. The results will begin to take effect after five to seven days with the maximum effect occurring in two weeks. The results last an average of four to six months. As with all injectable procedures, some temporary and minor bruising, swelling, or redness may occur.
Patients are able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after the Botox® injection.
As with most cosmetic surgery procedures, there are potential risks associated with Botox® and these may include bruising, numbness, droopy eyelids, allergic reaction, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, headache, respiratory infection, and flu syndrome.
Botox® injections in West Palm Beach that are performed for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance, though patients should consult with their own insurance carrier.
Yes, Botox® is often combined with dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments for improved facial rejuvenation.
Yes. There are financing options for Botox® available at our West Palm Beach office.
Botox and Dysport work the same way and results are comparable.
The results of Botox® generally last four to six months. The injection will need to be repeated in order to maintain the results.
Botox® effect will always remain if the treatment is maintained. Skin texture however will change with age and may need additional treatments.
Individuals interested in achieving a naturally youthful and refreshed appearance with the help of Botox® can schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz at his West Palm Beach, FL office. Contact us today at 561-655-5562 to speak with a helpful advisor. We will work with your schedule to determine a time that works best for you.
Why choose Dr. Schwartz?
- Dr. Michael Schwartz is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology.
- MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his General Surgery Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and ENT Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
- He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Schwartz is an active staff member with Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- He has over 30 years of experience as a surgeon and is extensively trained in the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery.