H/K/B is proud to offer Botox® to our patients in Huntersville, Charlotte, and the surrounding areas. This revolutionary treatment is consistently the top cosmetic procedure in the U.S. It is non-surgical and minimally invasive. Come in for your first session to see why it is a favorite treatment of both staff and patients at Hunstad, Kortesis and Bharti.
What is Botox®?
Age, sun and stress can all contribute to facial lines and wrinkles. These lines and creases tend to deepen over time, making us look less rested. Some of these lines can now be minimized, and in some cases erased, thanks to the help of Botox®, an injectable treatment.
Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved prescription injection containing diluted amounts of Clostridium botulinum, specifically botulinum toxin type A. In these small amounts, it is very effective in the relaxation of specific muscles. It works by inhibiting the communication between nerve cells and muscle cells. This controlled relaxation hinders the ability to contract the specific muscles that lead to deep lines and wrinkles. Botox® has been approved for use in minimizing frown lines between the brows, but can be used in other areas as well, such as in the forehead, bunny lines and crow’s feet.
Millions of Botox® treatments are performed each year – 7.2 million in 2017 to be exact. This treatment has been extensively tested, both in the lab and in the field. It is a safe and effective solution for dynamic facial wrinkles.
Results After Botox®: How Long Does It Take?
The effects of a Botox® treatment can be seen within days and can last up to 4-6 months! Most common side effects with this treatment are: bruising, tenderness and/or swelling to the treated area. These side effects are temporary and resolve in just a few days Occasionally, eyelid droop may be seen after injection. This is caused by migration of the solution directly after injection. It is important not to rub the area for at least 12 hours and lying down should be avoided for 3-4 hours following injection. When treatments are performed by ourand proper recovery measures are taken, eyelid droop is very rare.
Botox® results can be stunning with the right injector. Our skilled injectors are well known throughout the area for providing natural-looking rejuvenation with Botox®. Patients can still make many facial expressions and shouldn’t look fake, frozen, or overdone.
What to Expect from a Botox® Treatment in Charlotte, NC
At H/K/B we perform all Botox® treatments in a beautiful and comfortable medical office setting. We have several certified injectors on staff. These trained medical professionals have advanced training in injectable treatments, including Botox®, Dysport, and dermal fillers. Each treatment is performed under the supervision of our board-certified plastic surgeons: Dr. Hunstad, Dr. Kortesis, and Dr. Bharti.
Before your treatment, we will talk with you about your goals and carefully examine the treatment areas. If Botox® is a good fit for you, we’ll proceed with the treatment. If not, we will recommend other treatments that are more in line with your current aesthetic goals.
Botox® is administered through a series of injections. Each injection only lasts for a few seconds and the entire treatment is usually completed in 15 minutes or less. Most of our patients tolerate the process well and do not require any anesthetic.
After Botox®, you can leave our offices immediately. This treatment is ideal for lunchtime rejuvenation because patients can come in and return to the office in under an hour, often with time to grab a salad on the way back. You’re never too busy for Botox®.
There is a recovery period after Botox®, but it shouldn’t interfere with your daily life. There are only a few activity restrictions after treatment, and all apply for less than a day. We ask patients to avoid strenuous exercise for the first day after treatment. Do not lie down for the first several hours. You will also need to avoid rubbing the area for at least 12 hours.
Patients can apply makeup immediately to hide any redness or swelling. Apply it gently and avoid putting heavy pressure on the treated areas.
We’ll provide detailed recovery instructions, but our patients are typically delighted by the quick and easy recovery process after a Botox® treatment.
What’s the Difference Between Botox® and Dysport?
At H/K/B we offer two botulinum toxin treatments: Botox® and Dysport. Botox® is the more popular of the two, but we continue to offer Dysport because of the unique benefits it offers some patients. Our skilled injectors can help you to achieve good results with either treatment.
Dysport results tend to show up a day or two sooner than Botox®. It has a larger spread, which is a benefit in some treatment areas and a downside in others. Dysport results may not last as long and more product is needed to achieve the same appearance.
We’ll help you decide between these two similar products after a quick conversation and examination.
Call or come by our office today and talk to our knowledgeable staff about your options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. It only takes a few minutes and all our RN injectors are fully trained and experienced in Botox® Cosmetic administration.