Botox Specialist

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D. -  - Medical Spa

MINTS Medical

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D.

Medical Spa located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer Botox treatments. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.

Botox Q & A

WHAT IS BOTOX?

Botox is a protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum which causes paralysis of muscles.

HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?

Botox competes with the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine and block the action of the neurotransmitter thereby preventing muscle contractions.

IS  BOTOX SAFE?

In aesthetic settings, Botox is considered very safe. Most of the side effects like bruising and paralysis of unintended muscle group are a result of the injection rather than the toxin itself. Botox, however can spread along the nerve fibers to areas distant from the site of injection in rare cases, and can cause more severe effects including double vision, facial paralysis etc. These side effects are extremely rare.

HOW LONG DOES BOTOX EFFECT LAST?

In general, Botox starts working in 4-6 days after injection and the effect lasts in most people for about 3-4 months. This is however highly variable and people with antibodies against Botox in their bodies or those with highly active metabolism may experience the effects last much shorter. There is some evidence that with repeated use, the muscles become fatigued and may prolong the effect after repeated use.

DOES BOTOX HAVE OTHER USES?

 Botox is not only used for treating dynamic face wrinkles, but is also effective in treating excessive sweating of the face, head, arm pits and groin area. The way Botox works is very similar by blocking Acetylcholine.

Botox is also used for treating migraine headaches. Botox in these cases in injected in the forehead, temples, neck and scalp area.

Botox is used to treat some injuries like tennis elbow to paralyze the muscle that is inflamed to allow it to heal.

A few recent studies have also suggested that Botox is helpful in treating mild depression.

AM I TOO YOUNG TO GET BOTOX?

That is a tricky question to answer. I would certainly not treat a minor (under 18). However, Botox is a “want” based treatment in most settings, not a “need” based treatment, therefore you must decide. I can only tell you the benefits and risks.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY BOTOX TREATMENT?

  1. Please avoid any medication or over the counter supplements that may increase your tendency to bleed for a week before the treatment.
  2. It is best to avoid topical products like Retinols, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and anti-aging products prior to the treatment.
  3. If you have had Herpes in the treatment area, please let us know before your appointment so we can prescribe anti-viral treatment.
  4. Fillers should not be injected in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER TREATMENT?

  1. Apply ice to the injection site.
  2. Work the muscles Botox is injected in to allow it to get absorbed in the muscles.
  3. Do not exercise, use sauna, steam room, take a hot bath or drink alcohol for the rest of the day.
  4. Do not rub the area injected.
  5. Take it easy for the rest of the day and try not to sleep on your face or side that night.
  6. Make a follow up appointment before leaving.
  7. Avoid procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels etc. for 3-4 days after Botox.