BOTOX injections can be used to smooth wrinkles in the neck and face to create a more youthful appearance. It is especially useful in the eye area. Removing wrinkles from between the eyes can dramatically change a person's look from one of permanent anger or sadness to one of contentment and relaxation. It is also frequently used on the thin wrinkles that surround the eyes (often called "crow''s feet") and the mouth, but can also be used in other areas, such as along the chin and jaw.
The solution used in these treatments is made of botulinum A toxin, a purified protein made from botulism bacteria. This solution temporarily paralyzes nerves of the facial muscles so that they cannot contract and cause wrinkles in the area being treated.
BOTOX Cosmetic may also be helpful in treating migraine headaches, and can be used to decrease excess sweating of the palms and underarms.
If you are considering BOTOX injections, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a plastic surgeon that is highly qualified and has completed a residency program that includes instruction in BOTOX Cosmetic.
* Cosmetic Injectables such as Botox, is one of the procedures that will continue to increase as products continue to evolve and new players enter to the market.
* The 2010 average cost for Botulinum Toxin Type A(Botox) is $398.
* Almost 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010. Botox and Dysport were the most popular nonsurgical injection procedure.
- What are some of the most common benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments?
- How are BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments performed?
- How long do BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments take?
- Where are the treatments performed?
- How much pain is there?
- What can I expect after BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
- What is the recovery period like?
- What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
- How long do the results of BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
- Ideal candidate:
- Other important information:
BOTOX treatments are unique in that they can be used to remove dynamic wrinkles -- the wrinkles that are produced by facial movement.
BOTOX treatments are brief and simple. First, the skin is treated with a topical numbing agent, and you may be given a sedative as well. Next, very small amounts of BOTOX are strategically injected in different parts of the face. This is accomplished with thin needles that cause very little pain.
Depending on the number of BOTOX injections needed, the treatment may take 10 to 30 minutes.
BOTOX treatments can be performed in the doctor's office or in a surgical suite. Anesthesia is rarely needed, but sedatives and numbing agents may be used.
There is some discomfort involved with the BOTOX injections, but the discomfort is slight. The feeling has been likened to an insect bite. After the procedure, there is virtually no pain.
The results produced by BOTOX are generally visible within three to five days. Although results vary, the results of an individual treatment last for about four to six months. The procedure may be repeated and, with each new treatment, the results tend to last longer.
You'll probably be able to return to work or home immediately after the procedure. However, care must be taken to keep the head upright and avoid massaging the treated area, in order for the BOTOX to affect only the desired areas.
Most people are very pleased with the results. For long-term results, the procedure will most likely need to be repeated.
Although BOTOX results vary, the outcome of an individual treatment lasts for about four to six months. With each new treatment, the results tend to last longer.
In general, the best candidates for BOTOX treatments are those:
- With wrinkles in the face or neck
- Who are knowledgeable about the procedure
- In good physical and psychological health
- Wanting to improve their appearance
- Realistic in their expectations
- Not using marijuana or anabolic steroids
- Not a heavy user of alcohol
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not Botox injections are appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for this procedure.
This procedure can remove or deter wrinkles by preventing the repeated facial expressions that contribute to their formation. It cannot improve the overall texture of the skin; however, procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion can be used to accomplish this. It cannot tighten the facial skin either. Look to face lift surgery and forehead lift surgery for ways to accomplish this.
Mild bruising or swelling may occur at the site of the injection. The treatment may also cause a brief headache. In rare cases, the side effects of Botox can include the eyebrow or upper eyelid to droop, but this condition is temporary and corrects itself without treatment within two to three weeks.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Costs source: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), nationally in 2010. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon.