BOTOX® is often requested for its anti-aging benefits, as it aids in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. But BOTOX is also approved for helping with bladder issues and several other medical concerns. If you’re considering BOTOX, Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG can help you decide if the injections are right for you during a consultation appointment. His caring team at For Women, Ltd. in Chicago have extensive training with BOTOX injections, so you can feel confident that you’re getting safe and effective treatments. Call or schedule your appointment online.
BOTOX is a highly purified form of Clostridium botulinum, which is a botulinum toxin protein. When injected, it paralyzes muscles and stops muscle contractions by preventing the release of certain chemicals, like acetylcholine. These functions help with:
Because BOTOX is beneficial for treating so many types of issues — from beauty to medical — it’s important to schedule this procedure with a medical professional who knows precisely where to inject the medication.
Usually, you can expect results to last anywhere from 3-6 months, although it depends on your specific treatment. Once you start noticing the benefits of BOTOX wearing off, whether cosmetic or medical, you can safely have the injections repeated.
BOTOX is both long-lasting and fast-acting. Injections start working immediately and provide optimal results usually within the first 48 hours after the swelling subsides. If you’re getting injections on your face to minimize the signs of aging, you might even notice smoother skin before leaving the office.
It’s normal to feel some stinging or burning during a BOTOX treatment, depending on where you’re having the injections, as well as your tolerance to pain. If you’re having injections near the corners of your eyes to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, you might feel a little more discomfort than if you’re getting the injections in your underarms for sweating.
You have a couple of options for reducing your discomfort if you’re worried about pain. First, talk with Dr. Fajardo about using a topical numbing cream. You simply need to apply it about half an hour before your appointment to numb your skin.
Next, consider applying ice to the treatment area. Resting an ice pack on the treatment area for about 10-15 minutes can decrease nerve sensitivity, so your visit is as painless as possible. Remember though, any stinging you do feel during your visit only lasts for a split second.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Fajardo at For Women, Ltd. by calling the clinic, or by using the online booking feature.