Botox

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Botox is an extremely popular treatment for patients who are looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the face, particularly furrows by the brows, wrinkles in the forehead, and crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles in the creases of the eyes.* Botox combats the loss of elasticity and aged appearance of the face by relaxing the muscles that lead to fine lines or deep wrinkles in order to restore the youthfulness of smooth, taught skin.

The onabotulinumtoxinA (a purified protein) content of Botox is a powerful muscle-relaxant. These muscle relaxation effects are only temporary and can last up to 100 days or at least three months. Another treatment may be required to relax these hyperactive muscles underneath the skin which can create deep wrinkles in the face.

What is Botox intended For? *

  • Horizontal Forehead Lines – Wrinkles that form when you raise your eyebrows.
  • Vertical Frown Lines (also know as the 11’s) – Diagonal or vertical lines that form when in between the brows (e.g. anger, frustration).
  • Crow’s Feet – Wrinkles that form in the outermost corner of the eyes; this more obvious when you squint
  • Brow Lift – In some cases, a slight brow lift (around 2 to 3 millimeters) is possible with Botox when injected in the outer brow
  • Smoker’s Lines – Tiny wrinkles that form when the lips pucker.
  • Jaw Reduction – Can soften the outer jaw.
  • Neck Bands – Can also help reduce the appearance of neck lines that form when one speaks or smiles.
  • Excessive Sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis) –  treatments are extremely effective in controlling intense sweating in the scalp, underarms, lower breasts, palms, and feet.

Botox vs. Dysport and Xeomin

All three fillers are very similar to each other. When it comes to their differences, many people refer to it as similar to “Coke and Pepsi”. Botox and Xeomin are extremely similar in terms of dosing and behaviour. Xeomin differs from Botox because it’s made of the purer form of the onabotulinumtoxinA and doesn’t contain extra proteins. On the other hand, Dysport is quite similar to Botox and Xeomin except for dosing. Some also consider Dysport as a good choice for patients who want fewer injections because it tends to diffuse a bit more. However, others also feel that Dysport fillers are less precise.

How Long Does It Last?

Botox treatments can last up to 3 months in treating forehead lines.* Meanwhile, it can extend up to 6 months if used for excessive sweating.* For other areas of the face, repeated treatments that do in between injections will likely require fewer treatments in the future.

How to Ensure Consistent Results

In my practice, I carefully plan every single injection. This helps accomplish successful outcomes with each subsequent injection. In addition, mapping out every single treatment allows me to treat forehead lines and other areas with exact and reproducible specifications.* With Botox, consistency is best accomplished by finding an injector who is board-certified in plastic surgery or dermatology.

Is Treatment Safe?

It’s highly safe if injected using the right dose by a qualified injector. The body effectively metabolizes the proteins in Botox and it’s been shown that there are no traces remaining in the body once it has worn off. Safety issues often have to do with greater-than-normal amounts or when a deceitful physician will use a counterfeit (imitation) version. If you’re considering having Botox, it is best to stay away from unsafe sources.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

The price of injections tends to vary based on your location, and the physician who performs the injection. An injection may be cheaper if it is administered by a practitioner less credentialed than a physician, such as a nurse or staff member. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons generally charge 18-24 per unit. For larger areas such as forehead lines, prices range from  $450 to $600 per area.

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