Who is doing your Botox? A Botox Doctor?
Having used Botox since it was introduced in the United States more than a decade ago, I, Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, M.D., have seen this product become the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the world. Botox has easily become the Xerox of injectable beauty treatments. People say Botox when they really mean Juvederm or Restylane, which are hyaluronic acid fillers used on the lower part of the face. Botox reduces wrinkles in the upper half of the face and has a growing list of uses that are not related to cosmetic appearance. Botox is a powerful drug that creates a temporary disconnect between the nerves and muscles of the forehead and brow.
Is Botox safe?
The FDA-approved Botox Cosmetic is commonly used to lessen vertical frown lines between the brows, which are commonly called “the ones” (the deep lines between the eye brows). Botox is now legitimately used to reduce the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow’s feet. Botox use may seem as simple as injecting the drug in a few locations. But throughput the years I have creatively realized there is an artistic use of Botox that is much more complex than just shooting the injection into any combination of facial muscles. I try to visualize the muscles that I want to freeze, and then lightly inject these muscles with several small injections. The goal of the injector is to work the Botox around the forehead to preserve some motion while reducing objectionable wrinkles. This keeps the patient looking natural and younger, rather than tight and stone-faced.
Will Botox work and last?
Botox is a revolutionary drug, and is so effective that it can reduce even deep wrinkles. The longer patients use it, the better they look, as the body actually loses the wrinkle they even begin to heal themselves so the lines are less deep. Some patients even find they wait longer between treatments as time goes on. Botox takes less than 15 minutes to inject and typically lasts about four months. I love Botox and so do my patients because not only do they look more attractive and younger, but it also improves their self-esteem.
Where can you not see a Botox promotion these days?
While you may see advertisements for Botox in salons, spas and maybe a party or two, Botox is truly a real medical procedure, with the potential to cause serious problems. However, in the right trained hands, negative Botox side effects are usually minor things like bruising. Getting Botox is not like getting a facial or a massage, it is a medical procedure that should be performed by a medical professional (i.e. M.D., R.N., D.O.) in a medical office, a heavily regulated environment designed to assure patient safety and privacy.
Who should perform Botox?
So, who should perform your Botox? While plastic surgeons and dermatologists are the obvious choice, Botox doctors are everywhere: family doctors, emergency medicine doctors, OBGYNs, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and everyone else who is trying to get into the act, thanks to their weekend crash courses. Doctors who add Botox and other cosmetic procedures to their menu of patient offerings are taking advantage of their medical licenses in this era of declining insurance reimbursement. Look at it this way. Would you want me filling that cavity in your molar? Let the Botox doctors be Botox doctors. Let podiatrists, dentists and OBGYNs do what they do.
Experience the difference, the difference of experience.
Bottom line? There are lots of different physicians who will say they are qualified to inject you with Botox, but you should choose your doctor carefully because you are not picking a hair stylist where your hair will grow back. Botox is safe when it is delivered from a doctor or nurse who has studied and who knows the muscles and nerves of the face. The Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute purchases more Botox than any medical clinic in the Midwest and is one of the largest in the United States. If you want your Botox done safely and looking natural you can’t do better than our experts at one of our four clinics in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Oak Brook, Arlington Heights, and Naperville. Come see the difference experience can make on you.