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Botox Specialist

Omar Aref, MD -  - Board Certified Family Physician

Omar Aref, MD

Board Certified Family Physician & Aesthetic Specialist located in Plant City, FL

Are crow's feet creeping around your eyes and frown lines dragging down your smile? Or are frequent muscle spasms causing you discomfort? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Botox® injections might help. Dr. Omar Aref, a board-certified family physician in Plant City, Florida, has the skills and experience to smooth away wrinkles and restore neuromuscular function through Botox therapy. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a highly effective cosmetic filler that virtually erases crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead creases, neck wrinkles, and other age-related skin issues. Derived from the botulinum toxin, this FDA-approved medicine is safe and produces outstanding results when administered by a certified practitioner like Dr. Aref.

What medical conditions can Botox treat?

Originally developed to alleviate muscle spasms and excessive sweating, Botox injections can successfully treat:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Eye twitching and overactive blinking
  • Extreme underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Involuntary muscle contractures related to cerebral palsy
  • Lazy eye
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Neck spasms and pain caused by nerve disorders

How does Botox work?

Botox targets local nerve groups at the injection site, blocking impulses that make muscles contract. This relaxes wrinkles, making the skin appear smoother and more youthful. With more serious medical issues, it paralyzes the overactive muscles that cause spasms, pain, sweating, incontinence, and other nerve-related problems.

Is Botox treatment right for me?

Botox injections are safe and effective for most patients. However, you should avoid Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you have any of these conditions:

  • Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
  • Deep facial scars or other skin problems
  • Multiple sclerosis or certain other neuromuscular diseases
  • Weak facial muscles

How is the Botox procedure performed?

Although most patients find the Botox injections tolerable, Dr. Aref can provide topical anesthesia to alleviate any discomfort.

During the procedure, Dr. Aref uses a small needle to inject Botox. The number of injections required depends on the nature and extent of your therapy. After the session, you can usually return to your normal activities right away.

What are the risks of Botox?

One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, Botox has a patient satisfaction rating approaching 98%. However, like any medical procedures, there are potential side effects, including:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Crooked smile
  • Dry or tearing eyes
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Drooling
  • Headaches and flu-like symptoms

These side effects are rare and typically subside within a few hours. If symptoms persist, call Dr. Aref right away.

What are the results of Botox treatment?

Results take anywhere from half an hour to a few days to appear, depending on the condition being treated. Typically, wrinkles vanish for 4-6 months and other nerve-related issues can see relief for 4-12 months.

Whether you want to smooth away wrinkles or alleviate neuromuscular conditions, Botox offers a highly effective treatment option. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.