Look Your Best for the Holidays -- Why Botox is a Great Idea This Week

December 5, 2016

In a few weeks, the social season will be in full swing. Gatherings will call you to share space with family, old friends, co-workers, and likely people who’ve known you for decades but don’t fit any of those categories.

It’s natural to want to look your best. Daily life leaves tracks on your face… why not sweep them up? 

Yes, it is that simple … using Botox. 

The muscles beneath your facial skin contract hundreds of times a day without your knowing, and each contraction contributes to a slow but consistent indent in the skin, known as a wrinkle.  “By chemically preventing these muscles from contracting, Botox softens and relaxes your wrinkles,” says Dr. W. McIver Leppard of Providence Surgical Associates.

“The reasons for its widespread use are the relatively minor side effects, ease of use, and consistent results,” says Dr. Leppard, who says the 20 minute visit can have results that last between four and six months.  Wrinkles will diminish or disappear 3 to 4 days after the appointment.

Possible side effects include mild pain, bruising, local edema, headache, and temporary upper lid drooping, so it’s best to schedule the procedure about a week before your first public event.  Upper lid drooping is rare, but if it occurs, Dr. Leppard counters the effect with a special eye drop.

“Overall, Botox is a simple procedure that people choose to do time and time again because of its pleasing results,” says Dr. Leppard.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Is it a bright confident smile or etched lines?  If you are displeased with your wrinkles (and are not pregnant or breastfeeding) call your nearest plastic surgeon to inquire about your Botox options.If you’re in South Carolina, consider Dr. W. McIver Leppard from Providence Surgical Associates. 

“Experienced patients will feel comfortable and secure in our environment, and new clients will quickly be put at ease with their decision to do something for themselves.” -Dr. W. McIver Leppard, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon


Dr. Leppard

Dr. W. McIver Leppard performs general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery for Providence Surgical Associates in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also completed his residency in general surgery, as well as a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of South Carolina Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.