Dr. Patti Flint

Wondering if BOTOX® Could Prevent Bonding With Your Baby? Don’t Believe the Hype.

BOTOX has become a household name and is one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments for smoothing out forehead movement lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. It’s also become the subject of countless debates surrounding its efficacy and whether or not it freezes your facial expressions, creating a “plastic” appearance. As with most surgeries or treatments, success or failure is based on the skill of the person performing the procedure.

iStock_000003367519MediumSadly, the popularity of the procedure has also led to the publication of sensationalized news stories that may scare moms away from BOTOX. Referencing a questionably small 2011 study, the story postulates that mothers who have had facial cosmetic surgery or nonsurgical facial injections might not bond as well with their babies. According to the study, babies may be less able to read and mimic their mothers’ facial expressions after cosmetic procedures.

The fact is that this small study, which was conducted on a group of only 31 women, should not scare mothers off from looking their best with their choice of well-performed cosmetic procedures. Here’s why:

BOTOX is meant to soften, not freeze.

It is important to note that when administered properly, BOTOX will only soften a patient’s normal facial expressions and not freeze them completely. Typically administered to the upper face, expertly-injected BOTOX should not affect a patient’s ability to smile, frown, or express any emotion outwardly, particularly when it comes to responding to that little bundle of joy. By choosing a board certified plastic surgeon to perform their injections, patients can feel assured that the doctor has full knowledge of the underlying muscular structures of the face and that the injections will be appropriately targeted for a naturally softened appearance.

BOTOX should be administered moderately.

The amount and frequency of injections can have an effect on outcomes, which is another reason why it’s important to work with an experienced physician who can gauge the effect of an injection accurately. With results lasting several months, there should be no need to administer BOTOX for a while after initial treatment.

Injections should only be given by qualified professionals.

In most areas, the only people who can legally administer BOTOX are physicians, surgeons, dermatologists, and registered nurses, for good reason. For a safe, successful outcome, there is nothing more important than making sure you seek treatment from a reputable doctor who understands safety procedures and nuanced application based on facial structure and patient goals. For this reason, Dr. Flint performs all injections herself.

In sum, new mothers who are considering BOTOX injections or cosmetic facial procedures should, first and foremost, make a decision with which they are comfortable. The results of such a small study should not sway your decision if you are considering any reasonable cosmetic procedures. In fact, you may even feel more able to handle the challenges of motherhood when looking, and thus feeling, your best.

Be sure to discuss your options with a board certified plastic surgeon. It is the best way to ensure you get the natural results from BOTOX you want, and are fully educated on the procedure, aftercare, and any potential risks. For more information about BOTOX injections or other facial procedures, contact our office today to set up a consultation.

Patti Flint, M.D., P.C. is a board certified plastic surgeon that strives to ensure that all of her patients are thoroughly educated about the plastic surgery procedures they desire so that they can make a confident, well-informed decision. She is a devoted and experienced professional whose focus is to help her clients feel more beautiful and confident by delivering natural results. Learn more about Dr. Flint and read our reviews.

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