Any medical conditions, drug allergies or medical treatments will need to be disclosed so that Dr. Murphy may assess that the patient is in good health to undergo the procedure. Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements and tobacco, and alcohol use will be discussed as well. Dr. Murphy will need to have a comprehensive knowledge of the patient’s health to determine whether this procedure is right for them.
Patients are encouraged to ask questions and bring up concerns they may have. Dr. Murphy and his helpful staff strive to make each patient feel informed and comfortable with their procedure.
Preparing for Botox injections is simple. Prior to the procedure, patients will need to stop smoking and taking blood thinning medications. These medications may affect blood clotting and smoking may affect circulation, which can interfere with patient’s recovery and healing. Botox injections are fast and easy, allowing patients to return to work or their regular schedule after injections are applied.
No anesthesia is required for Botox injections. If a patient is sensitive to discomfort, Dr. Murphy can discuss the use of a topical or local anesthesia during their consultation. The Botox injections are performed in Dr. Murphy’s state-of-the-art office. He will implement current techniques to produce beautiful results.
Botox injection involves the injection of a thin needle into targeted muscles. These areas will be predetermined by Dr. Murphy during the initial consultation. Dr. Murphy will carefully choosespecific muscles that affect only the wrinkle-producing areas of the face and administer controlled amounts of Botox to achieve natural-looking relaxation of the muscle. This will preserve the patient’s natural facial expressions.
The number of injections needed will depend on the patient’s facial features and the degree of wrinkles. For example, marionette lines may take two to four injections, whereas brow furrows may take five or more injections.
Dr. Murphy will work methodically and artistically to identify the specific areas of the face that will achieve the most natural and noticeable improvements to the patient’s appearance.
Botox treatment injections usually take about 15 minutes but can vary in time depending on the treatment plan.
Botox injections offer benefits such as:
- Decreased appearance of wrinkles and deep lines
- Quick and easy administration
- Improved self-image
- Non-invasive treatment
- No downtime
Botox is a preferred alternative to an invasive surgery. Botox is an easy anti-aging procedure that can be done efficiently and quickly and does not require the downtime a facial rejuvenation surgery requires.
Botox injections do not require a recovery period. However, symptoms such as bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling may occur. These symptoms should dissipate within a few days.
Therefore, there is little to no downtime for Botox injections. Normal activities and work may be resumed immediately. Patients are advised to not rub or massage the injected areas after the injections have been applied.
Results are noticeable within a few days, but it may take up to a week for patients to see the full effect of their Botox injections. A follow-up appointment is not required because of the simple nature of the injections. The treatment lasts three to four months at which point the Botox effects will fade, causing the patient’s muscle reactions and wrinkles to return. Maintenance appointments will be necessary if results are to be kept consistent.
Dermal fillers are often used alongside Botox injections. Dermal fillers are safe to use with Botox injections and may prove more satisfactory results when used together. Dermal fillers may be used alongside Botox injections to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Dermal fillers may reshape the face by adding volume to areas that have become shallow due to weight loss or aging. Dermal fillers may also be used to reconstruct contour deformities in the face.
A dermal filler may be injected to provide a fuller look.
A common area where dermal fillers are applied are the cheeks. Volume may be added to the cheekbones to provide a youthful appearance. The mid-facial area is another area that becomes hollow-looking with age. If the crease under your eye makes you look tired all the time, a dermal filler may be a great solution. Dermal fillers may decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids, bringing a refreshed, rested look back to your face.
Specific dermal fillers have been made to decrease vertical lines and plump the lips. This procedure is perfect for patients who have thin lips or have experienced a loss of volume in their lips due to aging.
Dermal fillers may also be used to help reduce the appearance of facial and other bodily scars. Dermal fillers are injected into the scar to add volume, resulting in them being less noticeable.
Dermal fillers may be used to apply a comprehensive change to your face that provides subtle but noticeable results. Ask Dr. Murphy if dermal fillers may be the right solution for your cosmetic goals during your consultation.