Offering Botox in Minneapolis and St.Paul
Not all wrinkles are created equally. We think of them that way, sure—each wrinkle a unique but equal sign of aging. But that’s not the reality. There are, in fact, various processes happening, not only in the face but all across the body, that work to create those folds of skin we come to loathe. Some wrinkles are caused by loss of elasticity in the skin—those are the wrinkles that may remind you of a deflated balloon. Other wrinkles are caused by repeated or compulsive muscle contraction. The point is that these different wrinkle creation processes require treatments appropriate to the cause. For example, dermal fillers cannot adequately treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction—for that, you’ll need an injection of Botox Cosmetic.
Available at Minneapolis-based Carillon Clinics (with locations in Woodbury, Maple Grove, and Golden Valley), Botox Cosmetic is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments year after year. That this product has retained such steadfast popularity in the face of competitors and innovations is a testament to the effectiveness of treatment and the satisfaction of patients. When it gets right down to it, Botox is a great way to treat those wrinkles and lines created by repetitive movements in your face—furrowing your brow, frowning, smiling, squinting, and so on. After a Botox Cosmetic injection you’ll notice smoother skin, vibrant color, and a more youthful appearance.
How Does Botox Work?
Among the many wonderful things about Botox Cosmetic is its basic simplicity. There’s no surgery, no recovery time, just a quick, ten minute procedure with no downtime that lets you continue with your day. Of course, that simplicity is only possible when Botox is administered by an expert, and at Carillon Clinic all of our Botox injections are performed by highly trained registered nurses. This is incredibly important because botched Botox can result in sub-par results—in many cases, this means that notorious, frozen-looking “Botox face.” However, in the hands of our Carillon staff, that won’t happen. We have a well-earned reputation as being among the best options for Botox in Minneapolis.
A formulated variation on botulism toxin (known medically as onabotulinum toxin A), Botox works by targeting those contracted muscles at the root of specific wrinkles and lines. The Botox, essentially, temporarily paralyzes those tiny muscles, causing the skin to relax. The end result is smoother, younger looking skin. Because of this particular mechanism, Botox is a great option for those looking to eliminate lines and wrinkles around the eyes (especially Crow’s feet), around the forehead (sometimes known as concentration lines), and around the mouth (smile and frown lines). The injections themselves are generally relatively low on the discomfort scale, though some patients do report a “pinching” or “bug bite” sensation during the treatment.
It’s important to emphasize that the effects of these injections are temporary, so if you like the results, you will need to schedule another appointment in two to six months. It’s also worth noting that while the vast majority of patients respond favorably to Botox Cosmetic treatments, there is a small subset of the population that Botox has little noticeable affect on. That said, the vast majority of patients see best results in a week or so, and occasionally up to 30 days—and they like what they see.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Botox Treatment?
Because it does not require surgery and because there is no recovery time, Botox Cosmetic is a very accessible treatment. But it’s not for everybody and it can’t do everything. Therefore, at Carillon Minneapolis, we look for the following in candidates for Botox Cosmetic treatment:
- You have wrinkles around your eyes, brow, or mouth
- You are not a good candidate for surgery or you are not interested in a surgical procedure
- You are not pregnant or nursing
- You do not have allergies to Botox or have had an allergic reaction to other bolulinum products
- You do not have nerve damage or other nerve conditions
- You have and maintain realistic expectations
During your initial consultation, you should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medications you are taking. This is also the time during which you will determine how you want to look and the appropriate dosages needed to achieve that look. Thought that Botox was only for women? Think again. Botox for men, also called “Brotox” is becoming more popular.
Results from Your Botox Treatment
After your Botox treatment—which, again, is so quick that many patients can schedule their appointment over a 30 minute lunch break—you won’t see immediate results. The Botox injections block the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is what produces the muscle activity causing the wrinkle—but it may take some time for enough receptors to be blocked to translate into a diminished wrinkle. That said, you should start to see results within a few days after your treatment. However, optimal results will become visible in approximately 30 days.
In skilled hands, inactivating select wrinkle-producing facial muscles is what gives Botox the capability of delivering quite natural-looking results. The goal of these treatments, of course, is not to take twenty years off your face, but rather to give you a subtle, but noticeable, transformation—to make you look naturally and subtly more youthful, less tired, or less angry or pensive-appearing. And you can rest assured that, when you come to Carillon Clinic, you’ve come to the right place for expert Botox Cosmetic treatment. We’re so sure of this, in part, because Carillon Clinic has the honor of being ranked in the Top 1% of the Nation as an Allergan Botox provider. You can rest assured that your Botox in Minneapolis is among the best treatments in the nation!
After your treatment, you should be able to wear makeup normally. However, you may wish to avoid strenuous activity for 24-48 hours after your injections. You should also avoid massaging the injection points. Both immediate exercise and this massaging of injection point could, in theory, spread the Botox cosmetic beyond the intended areas and jeopardize your outcome. You will be given detailed after-care instructions by your injection specialist at Carillon Clinic to help ensure you get your desired results.
Carillon Clinic offers Botox in Minneapolis at three primary locations: Maple Grove, Woodbury, and Golden Valley. To get started on your transformation, contact us right away. The sooner you come in, the sooner you’ll be looking at a more youthful reflection in the mirror.