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As you age, your body naturally decreases production of two key elements which help give your skin its youthful tone and volume — collagen and elastin. Combined with repeated facial expressions like laughing, smiling and scowling, this loss of collagen and elastin can dramatically hasten the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, you do not have to suffer quietly with these early signs of facial aging. One safe and effective way to treat these symptoms is with Botox®. VITAHL Chicago offers BOTOX® treatments to help you visibly reduce the signs of aging — without invasive surgical procedures or a lengthy recovery — and easily maintain a youthful look.

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment made of injectable doses of highly purified botulinum — a neuromodulator. This neuromodulator prevents chemical signals from reaching the nerves in facial muscles which would ordinarily cause these muscles to contract. Since the presence of Botox® in muscle tissue helps temporarily reduces muscle contractions, this results in a visible smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles. Relaxed facial muscles create a smoother, more “alert” look. Botox® in its prescription form has been used safely for decades in cosmetic and other medical treatments. However, Botox® is not ideal for all types of wrinkles.

A Botox® treatment is best suited for the treatment of “dynamic” wrinkles as opposed to “static” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are produced by muscle contractions, while static wrinkles have other causes and may be produced by your anatomy, for example, or by sun damage. Botox® will not effectively treat static wrinkles since Botox® treats the muscles that create dynamic wrinkles.

What are the benefits of BOTOX® treatment?

Botox® has many advantages for individuals who have early onset signs of facial aging. One of Botox®’s biggest advantages is that it is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure which makes it ideal for those who have milder aging symptoms or who simply wish to postpone or avoid surgery altogether. Botox® also allows your surgeon to personalize your level of your treatment so that you receive the right amount of rejuvenation. Botox®’s many benefits also include the following:

  • quick treatment sessions for busy schedules
  • minimal downtime and no long recovery period
  • a very natural looking results
  • customized treatment plans to achieve your aesthetic goals and the right level of rejuvenation
  • high patient satisfaction rates
  • one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments

What are the possible side effects of BOTOX®?

Common side effects include tenderness, swelling, bruising, headache, and localized pain or discomfort at the injection site. Most side effects should reside a few days after treatment.

What symptoms and concern areas can Botox® improve?

Botox® address many facial signs of aging which typically include:

  • horizontal lines in the forehead
  • the “11” lines or frown lines which occur between the eyebrows
  • horizontal lines which occur on the bridge of the nose also known as “bunny” lines
  • crow’s feet which occur in the outer corners of the eyes
  • early signs of drooping in the brow line areas

If your concerns lie outside of these common areas, or if you have more severe symptoms of facial aging than Botox® can address, your doctor will discuss treatments you can have in addition to Botox® to get the optimal level of rejuvenation possible.

Am I a candidate for BOTOX®?

BOTOX is an option for men and women who are in good health, have no contradicting medical conditions and do not wish to have an invasive or surgical form of facial rejuvenation. Contraindications for Botox® include peripheral nerve disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune condition) and difficulty breathing or swallowing. To see if Botox® or another facial rejuvenation procedure is the right option to achieve your facial rejuvenation needs, call VITAHLS’s offices to set up a complimentary consultation.

What will happen during my Botox® treatment?

You will not have any preparations to make before having your Botox treatment. Once you have arrived at your doctor’s office for your treatment, your doctor will see you to your procedure room, make sure that you are comfortable and begin cleansing the procedure areas. If you have particularly sensitive skin, your doctor may administer a topical anesthetic before your procedure to ensure your comfort during and after your treatment, but this step is optional if you prefer not to have anesthesia or cannot tolerate it.

After your doctor has prepared the injection sites, they will use a small needle to deliver precise amounts of the neuromodulator to the muscles in your concern areas. The number of injections you will receive will depend on the number of concerns being treated, the level of your symptoms and how much rejuvenation you wish to have.

You won’t have any downtime or recovery period after receiving your Botox® injections, and you may immediately return to your normal activities. You won’t have any special instructions to follow after your treatment either. You might experience some mild to moderate swelling or bruising surrounding the injection sites, but most side effects subside within a few hours of treatment.

How long before I notice results?

Most patients see results within 24 to 48 hours of their treatment. However, it may take up to an additional two weeks before you will see the full results of your Botox® treatment. Fine lines and wrinkles can continue to improve for up to a month after treatment. In clinical trials, 90 percent of men and women continued to see improvement in their appearance one month after their Botox® treatment.

How long do the effects last?

Results from a single Botox® treatment can last up to four months, but results will vary from patient to patient. If you discontinue your Botox® treatments, your fine lines and wrinkles will gradually return to their pre-treated state, so periodic Botox® treatments will be necessary to maintain your results. Follow-up treatments can be scheduled with your doctor as your needs warrant them. Also, you might need multiple Botox® treatments to get the level of rejuvenation; this will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

Why VITAHL Chicago?

VITAHL Medical Aesthetics Chicago office has been ranked in the top 500 out of 35,000 accounts with Allergan and is considered one of the “Best Chicago Botox” offices. Medical director and owner, Dr. Tahl N. Humes trains physicians and their teams across the nation in advanced Botox injection procedures and has performed thousands of aesthetic procedures with injectables and lasers.

Call Vitahl Medical Aesthetics today at 312-634-6100 to discuss how a Botox® treatment can help relieve your early aging symptoms and quickly regain a healthy and youthful appearance. Vitahl Medical Aesthetics has helped thousands of patients just like you look and feel their best, and we also want to help bring your aesthetic goals to life.