One of your good friends has recently received a Botox treatment and can’t stop smiling about the results! Her delight is infectious and you’ve already been wondering if Botox is right for you too. Perhaps you’ve noticed you look more worried or have a few deepening frown lines or maybe you think its time for a little lift. No matter what, you probably have questions about the procedure. After all, you know your body best. Here are some questions you can bring to your consult or treatment with Dr. Maureen Sweeney that will help make you an informed patient.
Who Should I Trust?
Look for someone who is qualified and experienced. Take advantage of consultations and ask for their certifications or any images and samples of their previous work. Get to know them and see for yourself if they’re knowledgeable about their products and the proper procedures. If possible, ask others what they have to say about the practitioner. What works for them might also work for you. Dr. Sweeney has been treating patients for over 15 years.
How Do I Prepare for a Treatment?
Be prepared to share your medical history during a consultation. Certain medications and previous cosmetic or other medical procedures might influence your individual treatment. This is a “lunchtime” procedure- there are no specific pre-treatment protocols.
What is the Procedure Like?
Dr. Sweeney will guide you during the procedure letting you know when to relax or move your muscles while the BOTOX is being administered. The procedure typically lasts 10-20 minutes depending on the number of areas treated. To have optimal results we recommend not doing anything such as rubbing the treated areas for 4 hours following injection to avoid moving the Botox ® to areas that are not being treated. Otherwise, you can expect to continue your daily routine afterwards. Bruising in Dr. Sweeney experience is an extremely rare occurrence and most patients rated discomfort as a 0-2 out of 10.
Are There Side Effects?
As with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects. These are very uncommon in Dr. Sweeney’s experience and may include relaxation of muscles not targeted in the treatments. This may cause a temporary effect in brow or lid height or mouth symmetry. Preventing adverse effects is why Dr. Sweeney recommends post-treatment instruction as described above.
What Concerns can BOTOX® Address?
Frowning and looking angry, stressed or unhappy are facial expressions that may not reflect how you feel or want to appear – Botox treatment will help. Other concerns such as lines on the forehead, around the mouth, eyes and neck, crow’s feet or smile lines, smokers or lip lines, bunny and necklines are some of the most common treatment areas.
How Long Does it Last?
Botox treatment typically lasts 4-6 months; the duration varies based on the patient and the area treated. Retreatment is recommended before full muscle movement returns to ensure long term results are achieved. Glabellar frown lines- the number 11’s, typically last longer after regular the treatments.
You might have your own set of questions and concerns, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us and inquire. Your own comfort and well-being are of utmost importance.
Think Botox is right for you? Book a consultation at Live Young Medical and have all your questions carefully answered by caring and knowledgeable staff.