If your laugh lines aren’t really all that funny anymore, then it may be time to consider Botox therapy. A Botox injection plan will temporarily relax the muscles that contribute to dynamic wrinkles, or the wrinkles that show up when your facial muscles contract, like frown lines, fine lines, crow’s feet or forehead lines. The professionals at Becker Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Princeton, Voorhees, and Yardley, New Jersey can help you decide if this popular, safe, and effective treatment is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is a FDA approved brand name for an injectable drug that, we must clear out, is different than dermal fillers and is made from a toxin produced by a specific type of bacteria, the clostridium botulinum. This toxin actually has 7 different output types. Depending on the output type, from A to G, this toxin can treat conditions from bladder spasms to crossed eyes. Botox Cosmetic is made from the type A toxin.
How Botox Treatment Works
Botox isn’t right for everyone. If you currently have a skin infection, any muscle or nerve disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any challenges in breathing or swallowing, you likely are not a good candidate for Botox work. While our Botox providers are highly skilled, if it doesn’t appear that you can safely tolerate the therapy, it can’t be given.
Once you’ve passed that hurdle, this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment at our Philadelphia and New Jersey offices is actually quite quick. Because the idea of someone using a needle near your eyes can be disturbing for many, you may be encouraged to close your eyes during the session. There are also many practitioners who use a vibrating or chattering tool to make the whole process less stressful.
On your Botox injectable treatment day, head to your appointment without any makeup on. Your skin will be thoroughly cleaned before the injections can start, so any makeup you choose to wear will be removed before the procedure starts anyway.
You may receive a cold pack before or after your injections to help with any discomfort. If you’re terribly needle phobic, let your physician know so they can put the best tools to use to reduce your emotional stress.
Be prepared for cold or cooling gel packs on your face before, during, and after your treatment to avoid injection site pain. You will be observed for a time after your injection to make sure that you’re not having an allergic or adverse response to your Botox therapy.
The more you move around after your Philadelphia and New Jersey Botox injections, the higher your risk of bruising. Additionally, putting pressure on your injection sites can actually move the toxin to muscles that you don’t want to treat.
Consider taking a day off and wear light cotton gloves to remind yourself not to touch your face. Don’t pair your Voorhees Botox injections with other therapies at the office, unless your provider says it’s okay. Finally, make sure you stay hydrated and avoid consuming too much alcohol.
Consider investing in a wedge pillow to keep your head elevated for the first few days. Not only will this reduce the risk of bruising, but you’re less likely to roll on your side and press your face into the bedding or rub your face in your sleep. Having an angled pillow usually means you wake up if you turn on your side so you can reposition on your back with your head elevated.
Your Botox Consultation
Your Botox work consultation at our New Jersey or Philadelphia offices will include a frank conversation about your skincare goals. The consultation can also help you define exactly what problems are causing you the greatest concern and how many units of botox you will need. For example, if you feel you need Botox because your brow is wrinkled but you’re actually bothered by drooping skin under your brow line, Botox may not give you the results you want and you might need to consider surgery.
The world of cosmetic surgery offers multiple treatments for many different skin concerns. Are crow’s feet really the problem, or are you tired of dull skin? There are many therapies that can be used to brighten tired skin. If you undergo microdermabrasion peel in Princeton and are mostly happy with the results but need a bit of help with a few eye or brow wrinkles, you will likely be much happier starting with a resurfacing therapy and using Botox as a spot treatment prior to that big event.
During your Voorhees Botox consultation, make sure you list all medications you’re currently on and any sensitivities to other medications. Blood thinners and Botox do not mix. Make sure your cosmetic professional knows exactly what your medical risks are.
Common Botox Questions
The Botox application needle is tiny and should cause only minimal discomfort. Our providers in Voorhees, Yardley, Princeton, and Philadelphia will do everything they can to make your experience as positive as possible. Your skin may be cooled down with ice prior to injection to reduce your ability to feel the needle. However, only you can decide if you are ready for the treatment.
Botox products will be flushed out of your system over time. Generally, touch-up treatments are necessary every 3-4 months to maintain results.
Everyone who undergoes Botox reacts differently to the injections. It’s a good idea to block out time to go home after your first treatment so you can deal with any red bumps or other minor side effects. Try not to touch your face for 24 hours!
Sadly, this is not a good idea. A quality facial can actually put a fair bit of pressure on your skin, and your pre- and post-Botox skin needs to be treated gently. If you want to get a facial on the days leading up, do so. But on Botox day, just get Botox.
If you live in the states of Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Becker Plastic Surgery offers Botox among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Learn More About Botox in Philadelphia and New Jersey
You deserve to be happy and confident when you look in the mirror. If what you see in the mirror or on that Zoom meeting screen doesn’t make you feel good, it might be time to do a little soul-searching and make some smart choices about your cosmetic goals. Contact Becker Cosmetic today to set up a consultation with our experts in Princeton, Yardley, Voorhees, or Philadelphia today.
256 Bunn Drive, Suite B
Princeton NJ 08540 US
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why choose the Doctors at Becker Plastic Surgery
Kirk Lozada, MD, FACS
- Completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey.
- Has traveled to Ica, Peru with Healing the Children on multiple occasions performing a high volume of cleft lip and palate surgery.
- Is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery.
Daniel Becker, MD, FACS
- Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT).
- Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
- Top-Rated by US News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Castle-Connelly, and others.
- Read more about rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Becker’s credentials
Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS
- She is a double board certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery.
- Is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Has over 20 years of experience, 15+ years in private practice and has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries.
- Dr. Schrader Recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards.