A Simple Injection For Crow’s Feet, Sweaty Palms, Migraines, And More In Newton And The Boston Area
It’s time to say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® at the Boston area’s Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics is a prescription-only medication enjoyed by women and men alike seeking to reduce facial wrinkles. The injectable can also address a number of other cosmetic and medical issues. It’s remarkably versatile and highly studied. Decades of research back millions of applications each year, with treatments remaining popular even through 2021 and beyond.
Ready for BOTOX®? Boston-area women and men who want to smooth out facial wrinkles and more can arrange an initial consultation at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics. Call (617) 597-2600.
*Individual patient results may vary.
Typing “BOTOX® near me” into your search bar may bring up dozens of results, but not every injector has the same experience or skills. Dr. Holly Happe is a board-certified physician who has served on the Harvard Medical School faculty. She began her BOTOX® practice in 2006. Since then, she has administered the injectable consistently to all kinds of patients to address all kinds of concerns. She combines her skill, knowledge, and experience with the artistic eye necessary for safely delivering a “less-is-more” natural-looking cosmetic result from BOTOX®.
*Actual patient. Results may vary between individuals.
Dr. Holly Happe also works to make your experience comfortable and personalized. She mixes discretion, compassion, and warmth to build a relationship with your overall best interest at its heart. She will always recommend the ideal approach. That may involve BOTOX® injections, lifestyle changes, a different skin care routine, or a combination of strategies. If you don’t need it, she will let you know!
What Are Dynamic Wrinkles?
Not all wrinkles are the same. The lines that are corrected with BOTOX® are known as dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles that develop due to facial movement, and they’re visible when certain facial expressions are made.
Each time we flex certain facial muscles to express emotions—such as happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, or anger—the skin connected to these muscles is stretched and pulled out of its resting state. When the muscles relax, the skin settles back.
As we age, our skin eventually begins to lose its elasticity and becomes thinner, so it can’t snap back into its resting position as easily. Wrinkles begin to show in the grooves where the muscles pull the skin into folds due to repetitive facial expressions. Habitual facial movements—such as chewing gum, squinting in sunlight, or smoking—can also cause dynamic wrinkles to develop at a faster rate.
Note that dynamic wrinkles are different from static wrinkles, which form after years of repetitively forming dynamic wrinkles, especially as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and facial fat decrease.
What Is Botox®?
The medication known as BOTOX® is derived from bacteria. Clostridium botulinum, found all throughout the natural world, creates a chemical known as botulinum toxin. This chemical disrupts the proper transmission and reception of signals in the body. For example, when facial muscles don’t get the message to contract—whether as part of a facial expression or similar activity—they stay at rest. This prevents them from pulling the skin into positions that reveal wrinkles, lines, and furrows. The result is a smoother look.
This ability has a range of applications and is safe when applied by a trained and experienced physician. The results from BOTOX® injections are temporary, so a muscle’s ability to respond to signals and contract gradually returns in the months after a treatment session.
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What Conditions Can Botox® Treat?
The FDA has approved BOTOX® Cosmetic for addressing crow’s feet, frown lines, and horizontal forehead lines. It is also frequently used by physicians to smooth out bunny lines in the nasal area and fine lines above the lips, soften a square jaw, lessen teeth grinding, provide a lift for a drooping eyebrow, reduce a gummy smile, relax neck bands via a “Nefertiti lift,” and shape the outer part of the nostrils, corners of the lips, and more.
Beyond its cosmetic applications, there are also medical uses for BOTOX®: for migraines and excessive sweating.
In the case of excessive sweating—medically known as hyperhidrosis—BOTOX® can prevent sweat glands from producing fluid under the arms, as well as on the palms, soles of the feet, and face.
For patients who wear their teeth down with grinding or who hold tension in their jaw, causing soreness and headaches, BOTOX® can be injected into the powerful masseter muscle. This muscle is one of four that controls the process of chewing. Relaxing this particular muscle prevents it from contracting as significantly, which ultimately reduces both tension and teeth grinding (known medically as bruxing) to provide relief.
Remember that all of these results are temporary, with the effects wearing off after a matter of months. Repeat treatments can be scheduled to maintain long-term results.
If you want to see real-life effects of BOTOX®, before-and-after photos show the types of results possible.
*Actual patient. Results may vary.
Who Is A Candidate For Botox®?
For patients who don’t want to have permanent cosmetic surgery and don’t have significant skin laxity, BOTOX® can be an ideal nonsurgical solution for correcting certain signs of aging.
You may be considered to be a good candidate for BOTOX® if you have moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles and they’re located in areas where the injectable can be used—such as on the forehead, around the eyes, or on the neck. Good candidates may also be those who hope to correct forms of asymmetry that are caused by overworked facial muscles. The best candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for what they can improve with BOTOX®.
Patients should be aware that BOTOX® cannot alter the bone structure of the face. This treatment is also not intended for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, patients who are under the age of 18, those who have medical conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, and those who have allergies to the ingredients contained in BOTOX® or similar botulinum toxin injectables.
Contact Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics to learn more about BOTOX® in the Boston area by calling (617) 597-2600.
What Is The Newton Botox® Cosmetic Experience?
Before your BOTOX® session, Dr. Holly Happe will perform a complete medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. She will also perform a complete facial examination to see which areas of your face could benefit from the injectable. You will be asked to do things like raise and furrow your eyebrows, squint, and wrinkle your nose.
Dr. Holly Happe will note such factors as wrinkle crease depth and symmetry. She will then design a BOTOX® treatment plan around those findings. Be prepared to list medications you are taking, allergies you may have, or activities you expect to undergo in the coming days and weeks.
The BOTOX® injections take only minutes to administer and may feel like small, quick “pinches” to the skin. That said, Dr. Happe is a board-certified anesthesiologist who prioritizes pain minimization. She uses advanced and personalized techniques to make each treatment session as comfortable as possible.
*Actual patient. Results may vary.
Dr. Happe’s treatment philosophy is to start small for a more natural, expressive look. Subsequent doses can be adjusted accordingly. You should expect to schedule a two-week follow up visit. That is when “tweakments” can be made if there are issues or if you desire further relaxation of the muscles.
How Do You Prepare For A Botox® Cosmetic Treatment?
It’s recommended that you don’t drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Avoid medications and supplements that have blood-thinning effects for at least two weeks, as long as it is medically safe for you to do so.
What Happens After A Botox® Cosmetic Treatment?
Two of the major advantages of BOTOX® Cosmetic are its fast results and lack of recovery time. Right after the treatment, expect some slight discomfort in the injected areas—but there shouldn’t be any pain afterward. You may be asked to perform facial exercises by frowning and smiling frequently for the hour after the treatment.
Anywhere from one to 14 days later, you will start to see the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic: less-visible wrinkles, smoother skin, and other benefits, depending on the treatment.
You can resume your normal daily activities right after the session—with exceptions. You cannot lie down or bend over for four hours after the treatment. You should also avoid rubbing the areas that were treated, as the pressure could cause the medication to migrate, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 24 hours. Relax, maintain a normal heart rate, avoid other skin treatments, and stay out of the sun for the rest of the day.
The wrinkle-smoothing effects typically last three to five months. After that, BOTOX® can be repeated as desired.
Are There Other Wrinkle-erasing Injectables?
Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic was the first muscle relaxer approved by the FDA and has the longest, safest history. But similar injectables, known as Jeuveau™, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, are also available.
Are There Side Effects To Watch For?
BOTOX® is safe but powerful. Dr. Holly Happe will give you a list of rare side effects to watch for. You should expect to experience little more than temporary slight redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and other reactions common to treatments that involve injections.
What Complements A Botox® Treatment?
In addition to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dr. Holly Happe offers dermal fillers to smooth out wrinkles that form due to age-related volume loss or forms of environmental damage such as too much sun exposure —as opposed to repetitive muscle activity. Unlike BOTOX® and other neurotoxins, fillers are injections of soft, gel-like substances added beneath the skin to temporarily reduce the depth of wrinkles or to enhance facial contours such as the cheekbones. These cosmetic treatments can address what BOTOX® Cosmetic can’t—and vice-versa—for an overall more youthful look.
Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics also provides microneedling and chemical peels for skin rejuvenation. Both of these skin treatments stimulate collagen regeneration to improve texture and tone. Peels remove oil, debris, and dead skin, allowing newer, healthier skin to take its place, while microneedling induces production of collagen beneath the surface.
Dr. Holly Happe administers every injection of BOTOX® at her Boston-area practice. Contact Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics for an initial consultation by calling (617) 597-2600.
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