We have all heard about Botox to reduce lines and wrinkles in the face. But I now use it in a totally new way – in your breasts. Yep, you heard that right. I perform a Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation. This involves injected Botulinum Toxin into the chest muscle during breast augmentation. Temporarily weakening the chest muscles during a breast augmentation serves several purposes:
- Less pain
- Reduced feeling of “tightness”
- More rapid return to normal activities
- Faster “final result”
When a breast implant is placed beneath the chest (pectoralis) muscle, the muscle needs to be cut. This is the cause for the intense post-operative pain that many women feel in their chest during the first several days or weeks after surgery. Also, the healing muscle can cause painful muscle spasms for months after the procedure. By temporarily weakening the muscle surgery with Botox (or a Botox-equivalent from another company), there is significantly less pain and spasms during the healing process. This allows my patients to take less pain medication and return to normal activity quicker. Also, because the muscle is relaxed, there is less feeling of “tightness” in the chest.
Even more important is that Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation allows my patients to achieve the “final result” in a matter of WEEKS instead of MONTHS. The relaxed muscle allows the breast implant to drop into position much more rapidly than it would if the muscle was not partially paralyzed with Botox. With my technique, you can avoid that 3-4 month period of awkwardness when the implants are sitting too high on the chest.
The effects of the Botolinum Toxin begin in a few days and lasts for about 4 months. There is no permanent effect on your body and the dose that is used is not much more than someone would have injected into their face to reduce lines and wrinkles.