The Benefits of Botox

Botox injection are the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedure in the United States. Botox has several medical purposes but it’s cosmetic uses are the most sought after. Botox is made of Botulinum Toxin which blocks nerve signals and prevents facial muscles from contracting. Facial expressions cause fine to deep lines overtime, but can be lessened by relaxing muscles with Botox.

Botox Benefits

The Benefits

Minimally Invasive- Botox is an injection that is relatively painless and can be done quickly with very little downtime.

A More Relaxed Appearance– Many people express the concern of their resting face looking tense or angry, and Botox can relax these muscles to produce a softer, friendlier appearance.

Corrects Asymmetry– If your face appears slightly uneven, Botox can be used to relax one side to give a more symmetrical appearance.

The Look of Vitality– After fine lines and wrinkles are softened, your skin will appear refreshed and rested in a subtle and natural way.

Can Be Used Preventively– Some younger patients in their twenties that show little to no signs of wrinkles can use Botox to lessen the chance of wrinkles forming by weakening the muscles that cause them.

In addition to proper skincare, Botox Cosmetic is a very effective tool in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition to cosmetic benefits, you also may also be interested in some of the more medical benefits. Since Botox prevents muscle contraction, it has been proven effective in treating muscle spasms (often of the eye), chronic migraines, and crossed or lazy eyes.

Although there is little risk associated with a Botox procedure, you should always discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns with a skilled medical and cosmetic dermatologist.

If you are located in the Chicago area and are interested in Botox treatments for a more refreshed appearance, contact CDAM today at (312) 767 5113 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced medical and cosmetic dermatologists.

Since its FDA-approval in 2002, Botox has skyrocketed in popularity to one of the most well-known injectables on the market. However, despite this popularity, many people are still unaware of what exactly it does and doesn’t do. Read on for some of the most common Botox myths, debunked!

Botox Myths

Myth #1: Patients should only receive Botox when wrinkles appear

Botox is now being used as a preventative measure. Once wrinkles have developed in the skin, it is more difficult to smooth them. Because of this, patients are now using Botox before wrinkles become severe to prevent them from developing in the first place.

Myth #2: Discontinuing Botox will make wrinkles worse

If a patient decides to discontinue the use of Botox, their wrinkles will not get worse. Wrinkles will simply return to how they were before you received Botox. This is because Botox results are not permanent, lasting around 3-4 months. So, if you desire a smooth face all year long, you’ll have to receive repeat Botox treatments throughout the year.

Myth #3: Teens can get Botox

With celebs with smooth complexions plastered on every magazine cover, even teens are feeling the pressure to maintain their young look. However, plastic surgeons are urging teens to wait until their 20s to undergo Botox treatments. It is also unlikely that, at such a young age, teens have even developed the lines that Botox treats.

Myth #4: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles

Botox can be used for non-cosmetic treatments as well! Botox has been used to treat migraines, as well as stop excessive sweating. There have even been signs that it can help patients who suffer from depression.

Myth #5: Only women receive Botox

Botox has become increasingly popular with men over the years. So much so, that Botox for men has been dubbed “Bro-tox”. Men are striving to look younger in the workplace, as well as keep up with their wives who may be receiving cosmetic treatments.

If you are located in the Chicago area and are interested in Botox treatments to smooth unwanted wrinkles, contact CDAM today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced medical and cosmetic dermatologists.

Over the past decade, minimally invasive treatments have become very popular among dermatology practices and individuals wishing to improve their appearance. These treatments include age-defying injectable solutions in two primary categories, neuromodulators, and dermal fillers. However, the two have different techniques and produce different results.

At the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Chicago, IL, our dermatologists provide both neuromodulators and dermal fillers to reverse signs of aging and achieve an overall beautiful skin appearance. Although both of these are types of injectables, the two are very different. During your initial consultation, we help determine which option is best for your cosmetic needs.

Neuromodulators

Neuromodulators are specially made to stop nerves temporarily from activating overused facial muscles. At CDAM, we offer the two most common neuromodulator injection treatments, Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®. When this formula is injected meticulously in the targeted muscles, these muscles stop contracting and halt pulling on the overlying skin, which leads smoothening of fine line and wrinkles.

Neuromodulator injection treatments are mostly effective in the forehead, brow, and eye area, but can be used in many other places on the face to help achieve a more youthful look. Results from Botox and Dysport last around three months, after which touch-up appointments are necessary to maintain results. Some individuals also use neuromodulators to prevent wrinkles and creases from forming at a younger age.

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Dermal Fillers

As we age, our skin goes through many changes, such as essential building blocks of healthy skin starting to diminish, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Dermal fillers are specially made to reverse this aging process by restoring volume and fullness to the face.

There are many types of dermal fillers, including Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvéderm®, Restylane™, and Sculptra®, all designed for particular locations of the face to tailor to various cosmetic desires. Each filler has its own unique longevity, with some lasting around six months and some lasting up to 2 years. In any case, dermal fillers are an excellent way to replenish worn facial features, or minimize the appearance of wrinkles, creases and fine lines by instantly adding volume underneath the skin to lift and smooth them out.

The Choice: Filler, Neuromodulator, or Both!

Choosing between fillers and neuromodulators greatly depends on the area being treated, your specific anatomy, and the changes desired. A quick example, if you have deep frown lines between your eyebrows, a neuromodulator is the best choice. However, if you have hollow cheeks and wish for a subtle plump and lift, a dermal filler is the right choice for you.

At CDAM, we believe in combination therapy and routine skin care maintenance to keep your skin looking its best. During your consultation, our dermatologists will review neuromodulators, dermal fillers, daily skin care, as well as the effects of diet and lifestyle on your skin.