Botox is an FDA-approved injectable that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face, including the eye area (crow’s feet), forehead, frown lines, and ease a gummy smile. While aging happens to everyone eventually, the severity of your wrinkles will vary, depending on your genes, lifestyle, and skincare habits. Thankfully, Botox in Lake Forest is easy and convenient at Lake Forest Smiles. Our very own Dr. Kate is skilled and experienced in administering Botox injections for men and women seeking youthful facial features.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin, Onabotulinumtoxin A, naturally occurring in the environment. In high, concentrated doses, it could be harmful, which is why it’s essential to get Botox injections from a qualified provider near you in Lake Forest. Administered safely, Botox slightly weakens the muscles to lessen movement that causes wrinkles. Results may last between 3-4 months, although this timeframe varies, depending on the patient. Therefore, repeat Botox injections are necessary to maintain results long-term.
Who should get Botox injections?
Botox is versatile for men and women of various ages over 18. While wrinkles become more pronounced the older one gets, many people begin preventive Botox in their 20s and 30s to prevent wrinkles from developing in the first place. But you may still be a candidate for Botox even if you’re past 30 years of age.
The following factors may indicate that you are a candidate for Botox:
- You have crow’s feet around your eyes
- You have frown lines or “11s” between your eyebrows
- Your eyebrows are droopy
- You have a gummy smile
While these are obvious indicators that you could benefit from Botox, we recommend consulting with Dr. Kate if you’re interested in these injectables. During your consultation, Dr. Kate will speak with you about your desires for a youthful look and reduce wrinkles in specific problem areas. Additionally, she will recommend a safe and adequate number of Botox injections for you and how often you should return for treatment.
Are Botox injections painful?
Botox injections do use a needle, although the needle is relatively small, about the size of a hair follicle. To help you remain comfortable during your injections, Dr. Kate may apply a topical analgesic to your skin. However, most patients tolerate the injections quite well, reporting a slight pinching or tingling sensation upon receiving their injections. Afterward, the treated areas may feel slightly numb or tingly, although these sensations subside within a few hours.
What are the possible side effects or risks of Botox?
Administered by a qualified medical professional, Botox risks are minimal.
Potential rare side effects may include double vision and drooping eyelids.
However, the following are common side effects:
- Bruising and swelling at the injection site
- Tingling sensations
However, most patients experience a youthful glow for months following treatment with next to zero side effects.
Botox Injections in Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Lake Bluff
Want to look 5-7 years younger or learn more about wrinkle relaxers in Lake Forest? Contact Lake Forest Smiles by calling (847) 234-4800 to see if you are a candidate for Botox. Dr. Kate is one of the newest dentists on our team, and she is a certified Botox injector in Lake Forest.