Botox Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic

Botox® Cosmetic information

What is Botox® Cosmetic and how does it work?

Botox® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment made from a purified protein, botulinum toxin type A. When injected into muscles that cause facial wrinkles, Botox® Cosmetic works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that signals muscles to contract. It has been used medically for spastic disorders for many years prior to cosmetic use. The FDA approvedBotox® Cosmetic treatments put the hyperactive muscles temporarily to “sleep” and as a result, the skin becomes smoother and gives a person a more rested and relaxed appearance.  Only full strength Botox from the drug company is used and prepared according to the drug company’s instructions.

How long does Botox® Cosmetic last?

Botox® Cosmetic takes 3-5  days to start to work and fully kicks in by day 14. The effects of your treatment can last 3-4 months and can last up to 6 months.  There are indications that your treatment may last longer with regular use.

Is Botox® Cosmetic safe?

Botox® Cosmetic is a safe, effective, and proven method for treating fine lines and wrinkles. Its safety is well established, as it has been used therapeutically for many years.

How long does a Botox® Cosmetic treatment take?

A treatment takes only a few minutes to inject.  Your appointment will be 15 minutes.

Is Botox® Cosmetic a painful procedure?

A small sting from the injection is the only discomfort from a Botox® Cosmetic treatment. There is no down time and you should be able to go right back to work or your normal activities.

Where is Botox® Cosmetic injected?

Botox® Cosmetic is used to treat the vertical (frown) lines between the eyebrows. It is also commonly used to treat the horizontal lines across the forehead, the crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes, and the “bunny” lines in the nose area, vertical bands of muscles at the front of the neck, pucker lines in the chin,  pucker lines around the lips, and corners of the mouth (if you mouth frowns). Botox® Cosmetic can help with those with excessive sweating in the armpits. If you have TMJ or clenching your teeth at night, your jaw can be injected.

How will I look after a Botox injection?

You will have some slight redness and swelling at the injection site which subsides quickly–as fast as 10 minutes.  Swelling/redness for some people may last up to an hour. Most people go right back to work or their normal activities.

Are there any risks or complications with Botox® Cosmetic?

Bruising is the most common side effect from Botox® Cosmetic injections. A bruise can be a size of a pin head to the size of a quarter. A black eye is rare, but can occur, and will heal usually within a week to 10 days. There can be a mild, local injection site discomfort, swelling, or redness. These typically last only a short time after treatment. It is recommended to stop all asprin/blood thinner containing medications at least 1 week prior to appointment to help minimize bruising. A drooping of the upper eyelid (ptosis) is very rare. This is temporary and injections in the muscle immediately above the eyebrow are avoided to prevent any drooping. Dull headache, respiratory problems, flu symptoms, and nausea rarely occur.

You should NOT use Botox® Cosmetic if you:

  • Have an infection where Botox ® Cosmetic will be injected

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Have any diseases that affect your nerves or muscles

  • Are on antibiotics used to treat infections

  • Have a known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in Botox® Cosmetic

How much does Botox® Cosmetic cost?

Botox®  Cosmetic is $13 per unit.

  • Approximate costs for the vertical lines between the eyebrows: $215-350.

  • Approximate cost for the horizontal lines across the forehead: $110-$150.

  • Approximate cost for the crow’s feet: $130 – $260.

After care instructions

Do not manipulate or rub the injected areas for 4 hours. Do not lie down for 4 hours—if you need to lie down, prop your head up with a pillow and lie on your back. Movement of the treated muscles is recommended a few times the first hour after injection. Avoid facials/microdermabrasion 24 hours after injections.

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Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is the condition in which a person secretes more sweat that is needed to meet the normal requirements of your body. The cause of this condition is unknown and usually begins to affect individuals before the age of 25. Over 4 million individuals in the United States indicated in a recent study that they suffered from excessive or abnormal sweating in the axillary area (underarms). These individuals reported that this sweating interfered with their daily activities. Of that group, 1.3 million people felt that their excessive sweating was barely tolerable. Injections of Botox® Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A) in these areas provides relief from this condition for 6-9 months. Botox® Cosmetic has been administered in more than 7 million sessions and is approved in 73 countries worldwide. The treatment for excessive sweating requires a series of superficial injections in the axillae (underarms). After the injections, patients are free to resume their normal activities. Patients should see results in 1-7 days, and may need additional treatment is all the areas do not respond. The recommended dosage for treatment for excessive sweating is 50 units of Botox® Cosmetic per underarm. The cost for a full 100 units is $1100. If less is used, this cost will be adjusted accordingly. See additional information at .

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