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Is Botox Worth It?

Published by DR. Bradley Ashpole

If you’re thinking about Botox in Hoffman Estates or the surrounding area, there are a few things to keep in mind. While Botox injections are primarily known and used to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, they can also be used to treat conditions such as neck spasms, overactive bladder, and lazy eye. They can also help prevent chronic migraines.

When considering Botox, Itasca board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashpole offers free consultations to answer any questions and discuss your options.

How It Works

Botox injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA which will temporarily prevent a muscle from moving. It basically blocks certain chemical signals from the nerves that work to contract muscles. It will temporarily relax facial muscles that produce wrinkles in the forehead and around your eyes.

What To Expect During The Botox Treatment

Getting Botox injections takes just a few minutes and is done right in the doctor’s office. You won’t be put under anesthesia, although there are times when topical anesthesia can be used to numb the skin.

The doctor will use a thin needle to inject Botox into specific muscles with very minor discomfort. The number of injections can vary depending on the extent of the area being treated.

After The Procedure

You will be able to return to your normal activities right after the procedure. It will typically take 7 to 14 days for the Botox to take full effect. You should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for 24 hours as this might spread the Botox to another area.

The results from your Botox injections will last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During this time, your muscles will slowly become more active, and lines and wrinkles begin to reappear. To maintain desired results, you will need regular follow-up injections.

Side Effects

You may experience temporary side effects after a Botox treatment. The most common side effect is bruising, but others may include headaches, upset stomach, numbness, or swelling around the injection site.

In a small percentage of cases, patients have experienced drooping eyelids, a crooked smile, or flu-like symptoms, but typically these are not the case.

If you are pregnant, currently breastfeeding, or have a diagnosed neurological disorder, you should not use Botox.

Contact Dr. Ashpole Today

Reverse the effects of aging and build your self-esteem with Botox injections. Give us a call at 847.884.8346 or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Ashpole is happy to answer any questions you might have, review the risks of the procedure, and get you back to feeling your best!

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