Botox and Juvederm

Botox is an FDA approved cosmetic treatment that helps smooth lines to achieve a youthful glow. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “The most frequently administered non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the United States in 2012 was botox.” Through this procedure fine lines become less apparent and prevent them from worsening.

What can I expect with botox injections? 

As you enter the operating room you may be met with nerves, however, the ophthalmologist performing the procedure will be there to guide you every step of the way. Small injections will be placed with a fine needle across the target areas. The procedure is quick and only takes a few minutes. You should expect to see results within 3-4 days. 

How do you know if you are a candidate for botox?

To qualify for botox you must be a healthy adult between the ages of 18-65. Having wrinkles or crow’s feet are expression lines that are valid reasons for the procedure. 

Post Op Procedures 

After the procedure is complete here are a few house rules to avoid complications:

  1. Do not lie down for 3-4 hours. Doing so may lead to an increase of blood flow to your face causing the botox to lead to other areas. 
  2. Do not engage in any intense physical activity for one day.
  3. Rubbing or applying pressure on any part of your face is not advised.
  4. Do not wear a hat, headband or any type of head gear.

What can I expect with Juvederm injections? 

Juvederm helps to restore volume and smoothness by replacing depleted hyaluronic acid just beneath the skin. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and volume leading to less definition of certain features. This results in people seeking the treatment to achieve smooth skin.

What information should I be aware of? 

Juvederm is a safe procedure that lifts your features and fills in areas that are lacking around your eyes. While it is USDA approved, there are certain precautions you should take before proceeding with the injections including:

  1. Consult with your doctor.

Lidocaine is one of the key ingredients in the injection. If you are allergic, you should consult your doctor to see if this procedure is right for you. 

  • Review the medicines you take

If you take several medications it can lead to immune system issues, severe bruising, or extensive bleeding.

Post Op procedures

While many people may not want to follow the rules, doing so will result in less complications. Here are some instructions to follow 24 hours after receiving treatment:

  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not touch your face
  • Limit exercising to small movements
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid the sun
  • Take a break from wearing makeup
  • Avoid touching areas that were injected

Think you may be a candidate for botox or juvederm? Contact our office and request an appointment at one of our locations. Call 516-785-3900 (Wantagh office) or 516-541-4141 (Massapequa office) to schedule an appointment. Our ophthalmologists will talk with you about the risks and benefits of both procedures.

Sources: Brickell Cosmetic Center Aesthetics & Dermatology