Botox Application

Botox (botulinum toxin) application is a safe and popular treatment performed to delay the aging process. It weakens muscles to prevent wrinkles and other facial lines from forming. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 360,000 Botox procedures were performed in Brazil in 2015. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for a significant amount of Brazil’s plastic surgery operations. Dr. Alexandre Charão has a proven high success rate among patients and works hard to understand each patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals.

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As you are researching Botox procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help give Dr. Alexandre Charão a clear idea of your desired results, you should provide a young photo of your face. In addition to discussing your needs with Dr. Alexandre Charão, you should also consult a dermatologist to recommend the best solution for you.

Botox Prevents and Reduces Wrinkles

Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Botox is a very safe product. Although Botox is the most popular brand, Dr. Alexandre Charão offers various options. All recommended products create results which last for 5-6 months. The frequency of touch up applications and extent of results varies by brand. To stop new wrinkles from forming, botulinum toxin (Botox) is inserted between nerves and muscles of a patient’s forehead and eye region. Dr. Alexandre Charão follows strict guidelines, updated annually, from the American Academy of Dermatology.

This non-invasive treatment prevents muscle contractions in the face, which helps smooth and firm the skin. Lines and wrinkles, caused by natural facial movements and expressions, are corrected with Botox. These signs of aging are especially prominent in the forehead, above the nose, around the mouth, and in the neck region. In addition to creating a smooth face, Botox prevents the formation of deep wrinkles and other facial lines like crow’s feet. Botox is also used to treat and correct excessive sweating in the armpits and palms (hyperhidrosis) and facial asymmetries caused by paralysis.

Application of Botox

To prevent any pain and discomfort, Dr. Alexandre Charão uses a strong local anesthetic ointment. This is applied for 20 minutes before the Botox treatment. The Botox is inserted through a very fine needle. The procedure itself is very fast and takes about 10 minutes to complete. However, preparation, including ointment application and marking the correct application points, increases the total treatment time to 40 minutes. There is no standard approach to Botox application. During your initial consultation, Dr. Alexandre Charão will discuss the best solution for you. To ensure natural-looking results, the Botox is carefully inserted as to not completely freeze the muscles.

Enhancing Results

It is common to have a chemical peel performed in conjunction with a Botox treatment. Adding another treatment, like a peel, will enhance your results. Not only will wrinkles and facial lines be greatly reduced, but the skin will be completely refreshed and renewed. There are various degrees of peels available, Dr. Alexandre Charão is happy to explain each option. Depending on how much time you have, a facial filler is another excellent complementary treatment.

Post-treatment Care

Dr. Alexandre Charão will prescribe a post-treatment care regimen to ensure long-lasting results. As mentioned, Botox typically lasts for 5-6 months. This time frame is determined by the strength of a patient’s facial muscles. If some areas are more prevalent than others, Dr. Alexandre Charão will overcompensate for muscle strength in those regions. Most patients return for a touch-up appointment every 7-8 months.

During the initial post-treatment period, it is important to avoid lowering your head for 4 hours. Also, you should not scratch the treated area or expose your face to direct sunlight. Try not avoid facial movements for at least 1 day. If instructions are carefully followed, results should appear within 3 days following treatment. Maximum results are usually seen after 15 days.

Total Cost and Before & After Photos

Congratulations, if you have read this far, then you are really committed to receiving a Botox procedure. Your next step should be to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Alexandre Charão. During this 1 hour meeting, he will disclose further details, including total cost. Most international patients can save 50-70% by traveling to Brazil for treatment.

If you would like to see how your face can improve with this treatment, Dr. Alexandre Charão is happy to send you past patient before and after photos via e-mail. You can contact him at alex@plasticrio.com.

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