Botox Cosmetic Washington DC
Dr. Michael Somenek is one of the country’s foremost experts on Botox and cosmetic surgery. He is also recognized by his peers as an educator and leader in the field of injectables; he is one of the select few physicians selected nationwide as a trainer and educator for Allergan, the manufacturer of BOTOX®. If you are interested in BOTOX® or just want to learn more, we invite you to contact us.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX , known as a wrinkle remover, is a protein derived from botulinum toxin that is injected underneath skin in order to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. Its safety is well established, as it has been used therapeutically for over 20 years.
When low doses of BOTOX are used, it selectively weakens or relaxes facial muscles, giving you a clean, smooth facial appearance. Botulinum toxin is a safe, effective, and proven method for treating fine lines and wrinkles.
Although there are risks, they are rare. Injection site redness, swelling and bruising are possible and temporary if they occur. Eyelid droop, asymmetry, and lack of effect are also rare occurrences. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to postpone BOTOX injections until their little ones are no longer dependent upon them for nutrition.
Where Can BOTOX Be Used?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used to reduce the heavy vertical creases between the eyebrows, flatten deep forehead wrinkles, and smooth out the crow’s feet area of the eyes. As an advanced injector, Dr. Somenek treats other areas of the face and neck to reduce age-defining wrinkles including around the mouth, nose and the thick muscles in the neck known as platysmal bands. It is also extremely effective at treating hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, in the underarms, hands, and feet.
How do I know if Botox is for me?
If you are looking for an improvement in the age-related wrinkles, Botox Cosmetic may be for you. For those interested in relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles, regardless of age, it can be an excellent option that provides a refreshed look to rid you of the tired or angry appearance. Patients are often very satisfied with the subtle improvement that it provides. Many will say that their friends and acquaintances comment on how they look well-rested. Even in younger patients, Botox Cosmetic can be preventative and stops lines from forming and creating deeper creases that become more difficult to soften with age.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is also commonly used to reduce the heavy vertical creases between the eyebrows, flatten deep forehead wrinkles, and smooth out the crow’s feet area of the eyes. Newer areas that are being treated include the age-defining wrinkles around the mouth, nose and the thick muscle bands of the neck.
When will I see the results and how long will it last?
You can generally expect to see results in 3-5 days, although it may take as long as two weeks. Most people can expect to enjoy the benefits for 3-4 months, and some people will see results lasting up to 6 months. These lasting results can reduce the need for a facelift or brow lift. The results can last up to 9 months when treating hyperhidrosis in the underarms, hands, and feet.
BOTOX treatment includes an initial consultation and facial evaluation. An individualized treatment plan to achieve your goals is created. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is nearly painless. Details about how your BOTOX treatment will be performed are provided during your initial consultation.
How much Botox will I need?
This depends on the size of the treatment area, the goal of your treatment and your anatomy. Every face is different and every patient has a different look they are trying to achieve. Consultations with providers are a great way to discuss how much you need as an individual. Not everybody needs the same dose in the same area, and we customize the dose accordingly to your individual needs.
Post Treatment Instructions
Dr. Somenek does have many post treatment restrictions and will review all of these with you during your consultation and successive treatments:
Remain upright for 3 hours after injection, keeping your head above your heart.
Tiny bumps and marks at the injection sites usually disappear within a few hours.
As with any injection procedure bruising is possible; if it occurs apply ice to area for 20 minutes. You may also use an OTC topical Arnica product.
Headaches can occur after BOTOX treatments. If you have a headache, you may use Motrin, Tylenol, and/or cool compresses. If headache is unrelenting or continues to get worse, please contact the office.
DO NOT massage or manipulate injection sites for 24 hours after injection.
Schedule your follow up appointment (if applicable) prior to leaving office.
Contact Our Office Today!
If you have further questions regarding Botox Cosmetic treatment, please call or contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation.