What is Botox and how does it work?
Overuse of facial muscles causes wrinkles and “crushing of the skin” in the forehead, frown area and around the eyes. Botox injections can relax these muscles thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet.
Introduction To Botox
Botox is a protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria and has been purified for cosmetic purposes. A small amount of botox is injected right into the muscles that are responsible for creating the wrinkles. By inactivating these muscles the lines disappear or diminish dramatically. Injections give the face a smooth and more relaxed appearance. The procedure is quick and done with very fine needles to give minimal discomfort.
How Long Does It Last?
Results last 3-7 months and then you may return for follow-up treatment. After several treatments the result may last longer.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Frown lines (between the eyebrows), forehead creases, crows feet, upper lip and marionette lines.
Who Cannot Be Treated?
Patients with neurological disorders like ALS, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, etc. Patients who are allergic to components in the serum and patients who are pregnant.
What Are The Side Effects?
Side effects are rare and include headache, pinpoint bleeding, bruising, redness and flu-like symptoms. Patients may have a temporary eyebrow or eyelid droop (1/300) which will last the duration of the botox.
What Is The Cost?
The cost depends on the areas being treated and can be anywhere from $200-500 per treatment.