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Botox Specialist

Richard Blanchar, MD -  - General Practitioner

Bayview General Medicine

Richard Blanchar, MD

General Practitioner & Aesthetic Specialist located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Your facial expressions are what make you you, but they also create wrinkles over time. At Bayview General Medicine & Aesthetics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Richard Blanchar has years of experience using products like Botox® to undo the effects of time and overuse, giving your face a younger, smoother appearance.

Botox Q & A

What are Botulinum toxin type A injections?

Botulinum toxin Type A injections, better known as Botox, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, temporarily reduce or eliminate wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses to your muscles, which causes them to soften and relax. The injections also prevent these wrinkles from deepening further.

Laughing, frowning, squinting, and smiling all contract the muscles in your face and create wrinkles and creases in your skin that make you appear old, tired, and even angry.

Botulinum toxin Type A injections can be used to smooth these dynamic wrinkles:

  • Creases between the eyebrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Forehead creases
  • Creases around the mouth

Botox-type injections are usually not recommended for wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments you need depends on the severity and location of your wrinkles. For fine lines around the eyes only a few units may be necessary, while heavier forehead and brow creases usually require more. Each product is different, so amounts may vary and should never be interchanged. In addition, Botox-type injections are temporary and last three to six months, requiring regular follow up visits in order to keep your wrinkles at bay.

Dr. Blanchar sits down with you to set up a schedule that will keep you younger and healthier looking in no time.

How soon can I expect results?

Typically, results are noticeable after three to seven days. Immediately after the injections, you are advised to keep your head upright and to avoid exercise for four hours to ensure optimal results. Dr. Blanchar advises you plan these injections earlier in the day to allow for time for results to appear.

Are the injections safe?

Botox-type injections were first approved by the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) in 2002 and have been used safely and without side effects by millions since. When reported, the most common side effects were:

  • Bruising, swelling, and redness at the site of injection
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Drowsiness or fatigue

More extreme side effects, such as a drooping eyelid and difficulty swallowing, have been recorded, which is why seeing a certified doctor like Dr. Blanchar, who has injection experience, is highly recommended.