Kansas City Plastic Surgeon Serving Overland Park, Leawood & Nearby Areas Of Kansas & Missouri
As you age, muscle tension and repetitive motion can allow creases, fine lines, and deep wrinkles to develop throughout the face and neck. Over time—and sometimes right away—these signs of aging can detract from your appearance, making you look older than you feel.
Surgical options such as facelifts and blepharoplasty can make dramatic improvements and take years off of your appearance. Still, these more invasive methods are neither appropriate nor necessary for every individual. Enter neuromodulators, a safe, effective, non-surgical way to reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles throughout the face and neck.
If you are interested in learning about non-surgical skin rejuvenation in Kansas City, KC, please call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Levi Young.
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What Is BOTOX® Cosmetics?
BOTOX® Cosmetic was the first neuromodulator approved for cosmetic use. It remains the most popular.
Like all neuromodulators, BOTOX® Cosmetic interrupts the signal between nerves and muscles, allowing tension to ease and overlying skin to smooth. This helps eliminate the following:
- Forehead Creases and Furrows
- Frown Lines (the 11s in between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s Feet (horizontal lines at the outside corner of the eyes)
- Bunny Lines (horizontal lines on the bridge of the nose)
- Nasolabial Folds (parenthetical laugh lines around the upper lip)
- Marionette Lines (vertical lines that frame the chin)
- Neck Bands
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to address skin laxity in the jaw, to treat a pebbly chin, and for various other cosmetic purposes.
The best way to learn where BOTOX® Cosmetic in Kansas City, KC, may prove useful for you is through a one-on-one consultation at the Leawood office of Dr. Young. During this consultation, Dr. Young will carefully assess your areas of concern and provide honest information about all of your treatment options.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
The active ingredient in all neuromodulators is botulinum type A, a neurotoxin complex that has shown the ability to ease muscle tension and temporarily decrease the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. The active ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic disrupts but does not destroy the signal between nerves and muscles. As time passes, the connection will repair itself, and the effects of your treatment will wear off.
Common BOTOX® Cosmetic side effects include:
- Redness or Irritation at the Injection Site
- Swelling or Bruising Around Injections
- Drooping Eyelid or Lips
- Muscle Weakness or Stiffness
- Difficulties Swallowing
Since its approval in 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been administered to millions of men and women in the United States and beyond. Serious complications are extremely rare and often linked to an allergic reaction. You may be able to reduce these risks by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon for your treatment.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Young, your medical history and other potential issues will be reviewed to help reduce the risk of serious side effects. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon places your results in the hands of a highly trained medical professional who focuses his practice on aesthetic procedures. This can help ensure the most pleasing and natural-looking results while protecting your safety and comfort at the same time.
Is BOTOX® Painful?
When it comes to BOTOX® in Kansas City, KC, the procedure is practically painless. The injected material itself is not going to cause you pain. However, you may experience some discomfort or a slight stinging sensation from the injection needle. However, this needle is very small in order to minimize that stinging sensation, so the whole procedure will be finished before you even know it.
The only discomfort you may experience after the BOTOX® injection process comes from one of the side effects mentioned above. But other than that, the process is quick and painless.
Results from BOTOX® Cosmetic may be noticeable quickly—often within two to three days – but full results may take up to 14 days to be realized. Once finalized, your results will be noticeable for three to four months, depending on factors including how much BOTOX® Cosmetic was used and which areas of the face were treated.
If you are concerned about results diminishing, you can schedule touch-up treatments at regular intervals. This is something Dr. Young can discuss in greater detail during your initial consultation.
BOTOX® Cosmetic in Kansas City, KC, like all neuromodulators, is temporary. Once the active ingredient has worn off, your skin will return to the same condition it was in prior to treatment. Dr. Young offers a selection of non-surgical treatments, including chemical peel, laser skin resurfacing, and photo facials that can be used in conjunction with BOTOX® Cosmetic to address various skin imperfections unrelated to wrinkles.
In addition to non-surgical treatments, we carry SkinMedica skincare products. This line of professional skincare products boasts incredible results and can help you maintain a more vibrant and youthful appearance in between treatments. We will suggest products as appropriate and encourage you to ask about any that you may find interesting.
BOTOX® Before & After
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BOTOX® Aftercare Tips
In the time following your BOTOX® injections, there are a handful of aftercare tasks that can be helpful to remember. During the rest of the day following your BOTOX® appointment, you should do your best to relax and keep your heart rate at a relatively normal pace. However, this should be done while sitting upright for a good few hours once you’ve made it home. And, though you don’t want to push it, some gentle facial exercises (smiling, frowning, and eyebrow-raising) have been known to help if you are experiencing some facial discomfort.
While keeping the above tips in mind, there isn’t truly a “recovery time” when it comes to BOTOX® in Kansas City, KC—you can get back to most of your usual activities, such as work or school, soon afterward. With that said, there are some further precautions you can take in the two to three days after your appointment to ensure your BOTOX® settles flawlessly.
Do Your Best Not to Touch Your Face
Touching your face can encourage bruising, making the time after your BOTOX® appointment more uncomfortable than it needs to be. It can also cause the injected material to shift and spread to areas where you don’t want it to. So do your best to keep your hands away from your face for the first few days.
In the same vein, you’ll also want to avoid sleeping directly on any area of your face where you received an injection. This, again, can cause more bruising to form and can misadjust the BOTOX® material.
Take a Break From Your Makeup
You’ll also want to refrain from applying any makeup for the first day or so following your injections. Not only will it cause you to touch your face excessively, but the makeup itself may further bother your face. Likewise, you’ll want to avoid any other facial treatments or lotions for the same reason.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
Finally, be sure to limit or outright eliminate your exposure to the sun for at least four or five hours after your injections. The heat can flush your face, making you more susceptible to bruising. And unfortunately, sunscreen won’t help in this case for the same reason that other lotions won’t, as we mentioned above.
Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Today
If you live in Overland Park, Olathe, Lee’s Summit, or a surrounding area of Kansas and are interested in learning what BOTOX® Cosmetic can do for you, please call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 today. Dr. Young is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Kansas City metro area and all nearby communities.