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Botox 2017-05-18T07:12:32+00:00

Botox

A purified protein derived from Botulinum Toxin A, known by the brand name Botox, has been approved since 2002 for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines. These lines and wrinkles in forehead and eye area are due to muscle contractions within the face which occur during facial expressions, squinting (from the sun, or to read), or other muscle contractions. Botox works to relax the muscles, smoothing away the unsightly lines that age us and make us look more tired.

Botox should only be administered by a Cosmetic Physician who has familiarity with the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form, and that has experience with the exact placement of Botox to yield a natural appearance, without asymmetry or an overdone appearance.

The proper time to start Botox depends on the genetic makeup of a person’s facial muscles. Typically, many of our patients start in the upper 20’s, and it is the most popular cosmetic procedure for both sexes amongst all age groups.

Botox can be used to release wrinkles across the forehead and between the eyes (glabella), banish crow’s feet (the lines around our eyes),  lift eyebrows, and to relax vertical bands in the neck.

Botox Before and After

Botox Frequently Asked Questions

Botox is different in use than fillers. Dermal fillers work to increase volume, replacing lost collagen and fat, and lifting wrinkles and folds up and out. Botulinum Toxin A, such as Botox, works to relax muscles that cause wrinkles and lines, releasing lines, and preventing further deepening of wrinkles.
Botulinum Toxin A, branded as Botox, provides a buffer to neurotransmitters within the injected muscles, lessening the signal to contract. This allows the muscle to lengthen, releasing wrinkles and folds. When Botox is injected properly, it only lessens, not eliminates these neurotransmitter signals. Correct use of Botox leads to reduced facial movement, not a complete paralysis, as is seen in “frozen faces.” We never like that look.
Botox is drawn into a syringe from a vial. We use fine gauge needles, to lessen the discomfort during injection. Botox is not mixed with lidocaine or any other numbing agent. Patients concerned with pain can use ice and/or numbing cream prior to injections.
The actual amount of Botox needed to achieve your individual goals will vary by patient. Our physicians can certainly give you an estimate of the units you might need, but as these numbers vary widely between patients, we price our Botox by area, not unit.
We price our Botox by area injected, with significant discounts given when multiple areas are injected in the same session. This allows us to generate a price that reflects the Doctor’s skill and expertise. Botox is a powerful drug, and can have some very serious side effects. For this reason, we suggest you always have your Botox injections from a board certified Dermatologist, well-trained in facial anatomy.

We generally inject Botox into 1 or more of the following 3 areas:
– Horizontal forehead “worry” lines
– 11’s, or vertical frown lines between the eyes, also called the glabella
– Crow’s feet, or horizontal and diagonal lines around the outer corners of the eyes

Botox can be injected into other locations, such as the neck to relax vertical bands. Our physicians can discuss which locations are suitable for Botox injection during your consultation.

You can save on your Botox injections by enrolling in the Brilliant Distinctions Loyalty Rewards Program, available at our office due to our unique relationship with Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, and other cosmetic products.

Start with a cosmetic consultation with one of our dermatologists.
If you wish to have injections the same day as your consultation, you can further prepare, starting a week before, by avoiding excess sun and stopping over the counter medications and vitamins that increase risk of bleeding (St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc).
You’ll have to remove any makeup before Botox is injected, but it can be re-applied directly after the treatment. We stock makeup remover in the office, and have mirrors and cosmetics available in the room, for patient ease and comfort.
Botox’s full effects can take 2-14 days to develop. You should expect some immediate improvement, and further improvement for up to 14 days following treatment.
As with all injectable products, the most commonly reported side effects are swelling, stinging, bleeding, bruising, and itching at the injection site, with most resolving naturally in less than 24 hours. You should avoid strenuous exercise and alcoholic beverages the day of injection, as well as excessive sun or heat exposure.
Botox is not a permanent solution. You will need to continue to receive injections to continue to see results. One of the benefits of being consistent with injections of Botox, however, is that most patients can expect to see Botox’s effect last longer, the more frequently they’ve been getting injections.
Botox is a potent drug, and can have very serious side effects. It is extremely important to have your Botox injected by a board certified dermatologist, who understands facial anatomy, and has been properly trained in injection techniques.
To offset the price of future injections, our office is able to offer patients the Brilliant Distinctions Loyalty Rewards program through our unique partnership with Allergan.
  • Some patients mistakingly believe that the skin folds between their nose and lips (nasolabial folds) or folds in their cheeks or jawline area can be treated with Botox.  These areas are better treated with fillers.  Learn more about fillers here.

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