By: Dr. Raymond Isakov, Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Plastic Surgeon
Since gaining FDA-approval in 2002, Botox has grown exponentially in popularity as a minimally invasive way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent underarm sweating. This simple, non-surgical injection is often used to temporarily reduce or eliminate forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. And while effective, there are several things patients should take into consideration before, during and after a Botox procedure:
1) Avoid alcohol two days before the treatment and do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to injections. This may prevent bruising.
2) Remember that it takes three or more days to see an effect. Don’t expect the injection to last forever; the effects of Botox last about three to four months before it’s time for another appointment.
3) Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.
4) Minor bruises and temporary headaches are the most common side effects following a procedure, and are usually short lived.
5) With repeated treatment, wrinkles often appear less severe over time because the muscles are trained to be less active. In younger patients, Botox may even prevent minor wrinkles from forming.
Botox may not work for all wrinkles. If you’re considering injections, you should first contact a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for a complete consultation.
About Dr. Raymond Isakov
A Cleveland native, Dr. Raymond Isakov is a Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. He earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School and completed a general surgery internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic, as well as a two-year fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed an additional six-month fellowship in aesthetic surgery at the Zeeba Clinic in Cleveland.
Dr. Isakov specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, lipoplasty, primary and re-operative aesthetic breast surgery and body contouring procedures.
Dr. Isakov also specializes in the surgical treatment of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, and performs reconstruction of the breast for mastectomy and partial mastectomy defects.