Botox® Specialists in Monmouth County, NJ
Facial lines and wrinkles are a part of aging. Everyone wants to do something about their wrinkles, but doesn’t necessarily like the idea of surgery. Botox to the rescue! Botox, the most popular cosmetic procedure on the planet, can remove or substantially decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face, without any downtime.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
While only approved for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox® has been used to treat various conditions such as involuntary eyelid spasms and migraine headaches since the 80s. Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. Decades ago, doctors found that, when injected in very miniscule amounts, Botox would block a muscle from contracting. That’s what lead to its use for involuntary muscle spasm issues. When the FDA cleared Botox for cosmetic use in the treatment of glabellar lines (the lines that form between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet (the lines that form around the eyes), that’s when Botox® became a household name.
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
Certain wrinkles are formed by muscle contractions. They are known as dynamic wrinkles and occur when we perform simple actions such as frowning or smiling. When injected into a facial muscle, Botox® temporarily paralyzes muscle activity by blocking signals from the nerves in the muscle to the brain. Since the brain doesn’t receive the signal to tell the muscle to contract, the muscle doesn’t contract and the wrinkle above either disappears or is dramatically reduced in appearance. Eventually, the body absorbs the Botox and the muscle begins to contract again, reforming the wrinkles. That’s when it is time to have another Botox® session. Botox® results last around four months in most people.
How do I prepare for my Botox® treatment?
Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs have to be stopped two weeks prior to your appointment to minimize the risk of bruising.
How is a Botox® procedure done?
Dr. LoBuono has extensive experience with facial anatomy, which is very important when injecting Botox. He injects Botox® with a very fine needle, so there is only minimal discomfort during injections. A Botox® session takes just a few minutes and the patient can return to work or whatever immediately afterwards.
What can I expect from the results of my Botox® injections?
Botox® results aren’t immediate. They usually begin to show themselves three days after your appointment and continue to improve for about one week afterwards. As mentioned above, results usually last up to four months.
What are the side effects of Botox®?
Temporary bruising at the injection sites can occur, but is minimal. A few patients experience headaches, but this resolves itself in one to two days. Patients need to not rub the injected areas for 12 hours after their session, as this can move the Botox® into adjacent muscles where it was not intended. This can cause issues such as eyelid drooping.
Can Botox® Cosmetic treat Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, or the medical term for excessive sweating, is not a rare phenomenon. Current estimates are that almost 5% of the US population is affected.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis often begins in childhood or adolescence and is characterized by excessive, bilateral symmetrical sweating involving the underarms, palms of the hands, face, and soles of the feet. While the underlying cause is unknown, environmental and emotional triggers such as anxiety, stress heat, exercise tobacco, alcohol and spicy foods can bring on a period of excessive sweating.
Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating caused by underlying conditions or pharmacologic effect and it usually starts in adulthood. With secondary generalized hyperhidrosis, persons experience excessive sweating on larger or other areas of the body, often during sleep.
The impact of hyperhidrosis is significant and can result in psychological and physical impairment and potential social stigmatization. Numerous options are available for managing hyperhidrosis, including non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical treatments. Botox® injections are recommended second-line treatments for patients who fail topical treatment.
Dr. Lobuono proudly sees patients from Spring Lake, Wall Township, Brick, Point Pleasant Beach and the surrounding areas. Call (732) 449-0167 to schedule an appointment today!