Botox Specialist

Leo Kao, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Lakewood Ranch Health

Leo Kao, MD

Primary Care Physician & Concierge Medicine located in Lakewood Ranch, FL

If you feel that age is creeping up on you and giving you lines and wrinkles before your time, Botox® injections could provide a quick and easy solution to your problem. At Lakewood Ranch Health, Leo Kao, MD, is an experienced internist who understands how important it is for his patients to feel good about themselves. He has considerable expertise in using Botox to give you a more youthful appearance. Dr. Kao also uses Botox to help with excessive sweating and chronic migraines. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call the office in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, or book an appointment online today.

Botox Q&A

What is Botox?

Botox is an aesthetic injectable that Dr. Kao uses to help soften facial lines and wrinkles. The active ingredient in Botox is a refined version of the botulinum toxin, which interferes with the signals going from the nerves in your face to the muscles they control. 

If the signals from the nerves can’t reach the muscles, the muscles can’t form lines, and your wrinkles smooth out as a result. Botox is suitable for use on:

  • Moderate to severe frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines

Botox first came into use as a medical treatment more than 30 years ago, so there’s plenty of evidence that it’s safe. Cosmetic Botox has full FDA approval for aesthetic procedures.

Why would I need Botox?

When you get to middle age, your body produces less of the collagen and elastin fibers that support your soft tissues. This means your skin loses elasticity and gets looser, and the underlying tissues lose volume.

Everyone develops lines and wrinkles eventually. The age in which yours start to develop and how extensive they become depend on several factors, such as:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Long-term effects of stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive exposure to the sun

Your genetics also play a key role in determining how you age, so looking at your older relatives can indicate what is in store for you.

What happens during a Botox session?

It only takes Dr. Kao about 10 minutes to perform your Botox treatment, making it ideal for fitting into a busy schedule. Before the treatment, Dr. Kao does a facial analysis and marks your face in the precise locations where Botox will be most effective.

Botox injections use a very fine needle and shouldn’t cause too much discomfort. You can apply an ice pack or use an anesthetic cream to numb your face before the treatment starts if you wish.

When will I see results from Botox?

You should notice a difference in your lines and wrinkles within the first few days of your treatment. Effects last up to four months. Visiting Dr. Kao every three to four months enables you to maintain the results of your Botox treatment.

To learn more about Botox or book a consultation, call Lakewood Ranch Health or request an appointment online today.