Now the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, BOTOX® Cosmetic helps millions of patients combat wrinkles and facial creases. Whether you are hoping to improve the appearance of frown lines or seeking to prevent them, BOTOX will assist in achieving a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, you can expect safe, personalized care and beautiful, natural results. Dr. Donaldson and our team provide a warm and friendly environment while working to ensure their patients’ utmost satisfaction. To better understand your treatment options, please contact our office and schedule a face-to-face consultation. For more information about BOTOX in Columbus, Ohio, please review the following.
What Is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the gold-standard FDA-approved prescription product used to improve the appearance of facial aging lines in adult men and women.
A number of factors cause wrinkles, including cellular changes, collagen depletion, and damage caused by sun and free radicals. Also, the routine contraction of facial muscles when concentrating, frowning, or squinting can cause your skin to fold and furrow.
BOTOX is injected just beneath the skin’s surface, targeting muscle activity that causes the overlying wrinkle. When the muscle relaxes over time, the skin lines consequently soften and fade.
The safety and efficacy of BOTOX has been proven over more than fifty years, beginning with children treated for cervical dystonia, or neck spasms. In addition to cosmetic treatments, BOTOX is currently used to address numerous medical conditions including:
- Cervical dystonia (neck spasms)
- Lazy eye
- Muscle contractures
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Tension and migraine headaches
- Bladder dysfunction
Is Botox Right For You?
The effects of BOTOX have long been studied and championed by medical specialists ranging from plastic surgeons, dermatologists and otolaryngologists to neurologists, urologists and gastroenterologists. As with any product or procedure, however, it’s not for everyone. The best candidates for cosmetic treatment are physically healthy, without neuromuscular diseases, not pregnant or nursing, and are at least 18 years of age.
Some conditions that might exclude a patient from having BOTOX treatment include:
- Existing weakness in the targeted muscle
- Ptosis (drooping eyelids)
- Deep facial scars
- Very thick facial skin
- Facial asymmetry
- Skin rashes, skin disorders or infections near the affected area
You should inform Dr. Donaldson of any medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking prior to treatment. Make sure to discuss any questions or concerns, as well as your expectations with Dr. Donaldson during your consultation to alleviate confusion or dissatisfaction.
What Should I Expect During My Botox Consultation?
Your consultation with Dr. Donaldson is an opportunity to review your medical history and discuss your desired outcomes. Once you have communicated your vision, the surgeon will personally help you create a proactive plan. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have at this point, and some patients even create lists in advance so they don’t forget their questions at the last moment!
Dr. Donaldson will explain how BOTOX works, warn of possible side effects, ask whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and show you the method he will use to achieve your goals.
Following your consultation, you may opt for treatment on the same day if that is most convenient, or schedule for another date.
What Questions Should I Ask About Botox?
Information and realistic expectations help to ensure a successful outcome. Once you have decided to move forward with your BOTOX appointment, some questions to ask Dr. Donaldson may include:
- How many injections have you performed?
- Do you perform the injections yourself?
- Am I too old or too young for Botox?
- What are the steps of the Botox procedure?
- Does it hurt?
- What can I expect after Botox treatment?
- When will I start to notice results?
- Will my friends and family see a big difference?
- How long does it last?
- What are my risks?
Are There Any Common Risks With Botox?
Complications following BOTOX injections are rare but possible. The most common side effect is swelling or bruising at the injection site. Others include minor headache, flu-like symptoms, mild eyelid drooping or asymmetry.
Contact Dr. Donaldson immediately if you notice any unpleasant signs or symptoms after your BOTOX treatment, as you may be a candidate for touch-up or closer observation.
The use of BOTOX is prohibited for patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding, because the risks are unknown.
About Botox Treatment
A typical BOTOX® Cosmetic appointment lasts only a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. Using a super-fine needle, Dr. Donaldson will inject Botox into thin, specific muscles with little-to-no discomfort. The number of injection sites depends upon the size of the treatment area and the complexity of the anatomy.
What Can I Expect After Botox Treatment?
BOTOX is often considered a “lunchtime” procedure because of its minimal fuss and recovery. Most of our patients are able to visit our office during other routine errands without skipping a beat.
Results are usually visible within two to four days after treatment, but may take as long as two weeks to be fully evident. The effects typically last three to four months, although some patients report success even six months later or longer! Regularly scheduled follow-up injections are necessary to achieve consistent, long-lasting results.
Following treatment, Dr. Donaldson will provide you with complete after-care instructions. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Donaldson regarding changes in your daily skin regimen or the use of other medications in conjunction with your BOTOX treatment.
Though recovery does not generally involve any downtime, patients are advised to wait for one hour before strenuous exercise.
Why Choose Dr. Donaldson?
Donaldson Plastic Surgery is the only Allergan Diamond-level solo plastic surgery practice in Columbus, Ohio. This means that Dr. Donaldson is in the top 1% of all national accounts purchasing BOTOX for cosmetic injections.
Furthermore, Dr. Donaldson insists on treating every patient himself, rather than allowing a nurse or assistant perform the procedure. This ensures that you receive the highest degree of surgical skill and medical experience possible with every injection.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson is a Diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery and Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He specializes in a variety of non-invasive procedures, including BOTOX, Juvéderm XC, Voluma XC, Belotero Balance, Dysport and Restylane. He maintains an integrated approach to skin care as well.
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