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Chicago Botox® Can Help You to Turn Back the Hands of Time

As you age, gravity begins to take its toll on your body—and your facial skin is no exception. Fortunately, injectables, including facial fillers and Botox®, can help you to turn back the hands of time in a non-invasive way.

What is Botox®?

Botox®

Botox® is the product name for botulinum toxin, a sterile, purified protein that is produced in a laboratory from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

The treatment involves a non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates prominent forehead creases, brow furrows, and crow’s feet. Botulinum toxin achieves these effects by temporarily diminishing the function of the facial muscles specifically responsible for the repeated creasing of the overlying skin and thus the creation of facial wrinkles and creases.

Good candidates for treatment include men and women looking to improve the appearance of forehead creases, brow furrows, and/or crow’s feet. The injections have also proven effective in the treatment of migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasm in the neck and eyes.

How Exactly do Botox® and Fillers Work?

Botulinum toxin is easily injected into your body and works by keeping your nerve cells’ signals from reaching your muscles, thus temporarily paralyzing said muscles. It essentially prevents your muscle cells from contracting, therefore reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face.

Botox® remains the top choice for eliminating wrinkles. However, fillers are also increasing in popularity. Note that the two treatments are different. Fillers, also known as facial fillers, are substances that a doctor can inject beneath your skin to give you a rejuvenated appearance. Fillers are particularly handy if you have especially deep facial lines you would like to minimize or eliminate.

Because the two methods address different issues, many patients combine them for a more thorough treatment that addresses multiple concerns. This can result in many areas of the face or the entire face looking younger.

Botox® and Fillers before and After

A whopping 6.7 million people in 2016 underwent Botox® treatments according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Meanwhile, a smaller number of people (2.6 million) received fillers in 2017.

Prior to either injectable procedure, you may feel self-conscious about how you look. Any insecurities about your appearance may show in your photos and even affect your relationships. However, you can expect to feel younger-looking and more beautiful following either or both procedures. Many patients have acknowledged these treatments improved their self-esteem, which in turn gave their social, romantic, and even professional lives a boost.

Kindly examine the above Botox® before and after photos and the photos in our gallery to see what these treatments can do for your appearance.

Botox® and Fillers Prices

The cost of Botox® and depends on the results you wish to achieve and the credentials of the medical provider with a typical range of $10-$20 per unit. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, Botox® costs $15 per unit for an average of $200 to $400 per treatment.

Based on your unique needs, our team can describe the cost of your treatment to provide more definite answers to the questions, “How much does Botox® cost in Chicago?” and “How much do fillers cost in Chicago?”

What Happens after the Procedure?

Botox® in Chicago is associated with minimal recovery and downtime. Though some minor irritation may occur at the injection site, patients are generally able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment. Chicago Botox® may take several days to take effect and results typically last three to six months.

Additional Botox FAQs

What is Botox®?

Botox®, in Chicago and elsewhere, is a facial skin aging treatment involving the use of Botulinum toxin—a sterile, purified protein that is produced in a laboratory from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When injected into subdermal muscles, this toxin temporarily reduces or eliminates certain facial wrinkles including prominent forehead creases, brow furrows, and crow’s feet. These injections are also able to treat migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasm in the neck and eyes.

How does Botox® work?

Specific facial expression muscles are responsible for the repeated creasing of the skin, which leads to the development of wrinkles and creases. The treatment injects botulinum toxin into these muscles, temporarily paralyzing them or significantly reducing their function. This renders the muscles incapable of exerting influence over the overlying skin, thus making your skin smoother by preventing the formation of wrinkles and creases.

Who is a good candidate for Botox®?

Men and women who are looking to improve the appearance of forehead creases, brow furrows, and/or crow’s feet may be good candidates for the injections. The treatment can also treat migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasm in the neck and eyes.

What type of anesthesia is used for the Botox® procedure?

Botox® in Chicago does not require anesthesia. However, the skin can be numbed prior to the injection upon the patient’s request.

How is the Botox® injection performed?

Using a needle, botulinum toxin is injected in small amounts into the specific facial muscles. This temporarily weakens or paralyzes the muscles, reducing or eliminating previous skin creasing while preventing new skin creasing.

How long is the procedure time for Botox® treatment?

Treatment takes just a few minutes to complete.

How much pain occurs with Botox® treatment?

There is generally little discomfort associated with the injections. However, if the patient is worried about said discomfort, the skin can be numbed upon request.

What is the recovery like after the Botox® injection?

Recovery after treatment is minimal with virtually no downtime; patients can resume regular activities and return to work immediately after treatment. It’s recommended, however, to avoid exercising until the next day. You must also avoid blood thinners such as alcohol and NSAIDs.

Patients may also experience some minor irritation at the injection site(s), but this typically dissipates within a few hours. Full effects are observed after two weeks and results generally last three to six months.

Will I need to take off from work after the Botox® injection?

Though patients may experience some minor irritation at the injection site(s), work and other normal activities can typically be resumed immediately after treatment.

Are there any risks of undergoing Botox® treatment?

Potential risks associated with the treatment may include bruising, numbness, allergic reaction, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, headaches, respiratory infection, and flu syndrome. The body may also become immune to the botulinum toxin. Such issues are rare, however; most patients experience little to no problems after treatment.

Will my insurance company cover the cost of the Botox® procedure?

Medical insurances will cover the injections in cases where there is a well-documented medical need, such as the treatment of migraine headaches. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, the injections are cosmetic and not covered by insurances.

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