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Many people suffer from wrinkles and fine lines, even in their 20s. Everyday activities can lead skin to age faster than normal, including frowning and stress. Even genetics can play a role in how our skin will react, but that doesn’t mean we have to deal with it. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Otto Placik offers several options for smoothing out wrinkles at his Illinois cosmetic center, including the popular BOTOX procedure.Botox_Cosmetic_logo dr placik

Introduced in 2002, BOTOX, clinically known as Botulinum toxin, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Over 11 million men and women have experienced the difference BOTOX can make in their lives. The treatment is optimal for Chicago patients who do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure and who do not want a permanent change. Results are noticeable right away and patients don’t have to take any time off to recover, nor worry about any scars or incisions. The full effects of the treatment can be seen within one to two weeks and can last up to four months. Patients can then choose to repeat the treatment if desired.

Although many people have benefitted from the effects of BOTOX, the procedure is not for everyone. The ideal Chicago BOTOX patient is between the ages of 18 and 65 and has moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows. Dr. Placik will examine you to make sure the treatment is right for you, and if not, will help determine an alternative skin care or wrinkle-reducing solution. If you are a prime candidate for the procedure, you can expect to be in and out of the office in just a few short minutes. Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Placik will inject the BOTOX medication into the muscles around the brow to improve the appearance and smooth out the skin in the area. The treatment works by blocking nerve impulses in the muscles and reduces the activity of those muscles, which cause lines to form between the brows.  The entire process takes about 10 minutes with minimal side effects. Some patients might experience minimal pain at the injection site, some inflammation or redness, but the symptoms will diminish.

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago BOTOX treatments will not take away a patient’s ability to show a full range of facial expressions. The treatment does not radically alter your facial appearance or make the patient look as if they went under the knife. The treatment will reduce the muscle activity that causes frown lines in the brow area, but patients can still frown, show surprise or excitement, minus the wrinkles and creases in the brows.  If you choose not to resume treatments, the effects of your BOTOX procedure will gradually fade away, revealing your original fine lines and wrinkles. Many patients opt for BOTOX over other treatments such as face lifts because the results are not permanent, allowing them full control over when and if they will choose to redo treatments.

If you would like more information on BOTOX, schedule a consultation with Chicago cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Otto Placik, today and see how BOTOX can improve your confidence.


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