BOTOX® Cosmetic in Chicago
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the Chicago area's most commonly performed outpatient cosmetic treatment. When precisely injected into facial muscles to diminish wrinkles, it is not only very safe but also very effective. This injectable agent (which contains laboratory-purified Botulinum Type A), works by blocking the nerve impulses to small facial muscles that are responsible for the overlying facial wrinkles, generally oriented perpendicularly to the direction of the muscle action. Because the normal activity of these underlying muscles accentuates the wrinkles, the injection of BOTOX® temporarily abolishes this muscle activity, and therefore diminishes the overlying wrinkles.
Recently introduced to the North Shore of Chicago, DYSPORT® is a highly similar alternative agent which has been used in Europe for over a decade. There is anecdotal evidence that this agent may take effect slightly more quickly (in as little as 3 days), and/or last somewhat longer, but this is dependent to a degree on the individual patient and the dosing strength. Certain patients have been able to get a similar effect as they did with BOTOX®, but ultimately at somewhat less cost per treatment.
The Expert Administration of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
While the administration of Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic sounds (and is) quite simple, it is important for discerning patients who want the most precise and long-lasting effect to have it administered by qualified practitioners. While BOTOX® can be offered by almost any medical office, by and large only plastic surgeons like Dr. Steinwald have the intimate knowledge of the facial anatomy (having performed both brow lift and facelift surgery in Chicago), to inject this agent with the precision required to get the best possible results. For these reasons, Dr. Steinwald personally injects all Dysport® and BOTOX®; Chicago area patients should expect or accept no less.
After applying "pre-icing" for comfort, and swabbing the skin with alcohol for sterility, the agent is strategically injected into the facial muscles in small therapeutic doses. It can be used to treat the "frown lines" of the mid-forehead between the eyebrows and over the upper nose ("bunny lines"), prominent transverse brow wrinkles (although the desirable/youthful lateral-third flare of the eyebrow is usually preserved), and the "crow's feet" around the eyes. BOTOX® Cosmetic typically takes effect after several (4-5) days and has a maximum effect at about two weeks, after which it fades over 3-4 months. As per our extensive experience here with patients from across Illinois, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections should have virtually no complications/side effects (although bruising is more likely in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, or those who have been taking aspirin within 5-10 days of treatment).
Dr. Steinwald has also completed a hands-on course in advanced BOTOX® Cosmetic injection techniques. This course reinforced and updated current upper brow/forehead and periorbital techniques, and introduced the concept of BOTOX® in the lower face to potentially fill out lip lines, elevate down-turned corners of the mouth, and even help correct a drooping nasal tip or a "gummy" smile. Techniques of injecting into the neck area to correct faint transverse lines or more prominent vertical bands were also covered. If you are interested in these advanced injection techniques for BOTOX® or Dysport® in Chicago, ask Dr. Steinwald if you are a candidate during your next cosmetic consultation.
Your Next Step
It's easy to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and/or Dysport®. Simply request a consultation online with Dr. Steinwald and save $50 off the regular cosmetic consultation fee. You may also call the Lake Forest Plastic Surgery office at (847) 234-9464, or the downtown Chicago office at (312) 988-9330 to schedule your visit. Injectable treatments can be performed at the time of your initial visit, and the consultation fee is waived if a procedure takes place at the time of consultation. Dr. Steinwald looks forward to helping diminish your earlier signs of facial aging.