Here’s a list of places where you can get Botox: your scalp, your armpits, your jaw… oh, and your face. Here’s one more you can add to that list: your boobs. That’s right: Breast Botox is now a thing, and it actually sounds pretty incredible. We talked to New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman about the technique. Scroll through to find out why women are choosing boob Botox.
First of all, this type of Botox is not injected in a typical 20-minute procedure. This type of Botox is used during a traditional breast augmentation. Why? A speedier recovery and better results. “Usually after traditional breast augmentation, the implants can appear to be high on the chest for about six months,” Dr. Schulman explains. “This is normal, but high implants can look unattractive or very ‘fake.’ With my Botox-assisted technique, the implants drop into a pleasing final position within four to six weeks.”
How does it work? “During a Botox-assisted breast augmentation, a precise amount of Botox is injected directly into the chest muscle from the inside. The Botox will relax the muscles for about three to four months,” Dr. Schulman says. Those more relaxed chest muscles allow the implants to settle into their proper position sooner. Dr. Schulman says it also improves the healing process by reducing the muscle spasms that typically occur as the muscle is healing. Which means less pain and quicker return to normal activities.
“The Botox used will add about $500 to the cost of a traditional breast augmentation,” Dr. Schulman says. As a point of reference, breast augmentations in Dr. Schulman’s office run about $9,500 (that’s including the price of the Botox). As far as risks go, Dr. Schulman says, “When done correctly, it has no negative effect on the chest muscle and will not interfere with any chest or arm strength.” Oh, the wonders of Botox.
Whether you opt for the Botox-assisted procedure or not, be sure to have your post-op recovery kit ready. Ice packs, scar cream like Biocorneum's Advanced Scar Supervision ($80), and post-surgery healing supplements are all musts.
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