Botox is best known as a non-invasive method of wrinkle reduction. It’s often the initial cosmetic procedure many patients undergo. However, its use after certain cosmetic surgeries can prolong the operation’s effects. Below trusted Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Charles S. Lee, MD discusses how Botox can extend your surgical results and decrease future lines and wrinkles.
The most popular of all cosmetic procedures, Botox was also among the first injectables for wrinkle therapy. Such injections diminish lines and wrinkles considerably, and the effects last for four months or more. The effects of plastic surgery last much longer, but adding Botox to the area on a regular basis can extend the longevity of your surgical results. After all, even after plastic surgery, aging continues.
Although lines and wrinkles are part of aging, movement of the facial muscles exacerbates the wrinkling process. Botox, derived from botulinum toxin, works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles. This blockage means these facial muscles cannot contract, so the injected area becomes more relaxed, and lines and wrinkles become much less noticeable.
Botox Touch Ups
When it comes to Botox touch-ups after surgery, much depends on which muscles were affected during the procedure. If a facial muscle was cut or removed during the surgery, there is little or no need for Botox touch-ups, since that muscle is no longer active and making wrinkling worse. After procedures in which the muscles remain active, Botox injections can maintain the surgical results efficiently and effectively.
Botox and Brow Lifts
Frequently, candidates for brow lifts have used Botox on their foreheads before deciding to undergo a brow lift. The so-called “Botox brow lift” can help raise drooping eyebrows temporarily, but many patients decide they want a longer-term solution to such sagging.
Botox is often recommended for brow lift maintenance, since most muscles remain active after such surgery. No forehead muscles are removed in brow lifts, so lines can continue to develop. This is one procedure that does not affect the skin surface. That is where Botox comes in. A regular Botox maintenance schedule can keep those deep forehead wrinkles at bay.
In addition, a brow lift lessens, but does not eradicate, deep lines between the eyes. Botox diminishes these lines particularly well.
For More Information, Contact Enhance® Medical Center
If you would like more information about how Botox can help maintain the results of your cosmetic surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Charles S. Lee, MD, or contact the Beverly Hills office of Enhance® Medical Center today.