BOTOX, a popular cosmetic injection, which relaxes the muscle contractions causing lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, across the forehead, and crow's feet (which is the outer aspect of the eyes from squinting). With the facial muscles relaxed, fine lines and wrinkles become softer and smoother for a more youthful appearance. When done correctly and consistently, BOTOX treatments at Surface Skin Spa in Plano, TX, allow patients to reverse the signs of aging and rejuvenate their appearance without cosmetic surgery. Patients from Cosmetic Surgery Associates also love how their BOTOX treatments touch up and maintain the results of their cosmetic surgery.
BOTOX is administered during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30 minutes. The depth, length, and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the number of units required and injection location, is tailored for each patients' needs. During the injection, patients will feel a small prick as the needle inserts through the skin, although any pain or discomfort is controlled with a cold compress.
What to Expect
Immediately following a series of BOTOX injections, there will be some mild swelling and redness at the injection site. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but exercise should be avoided for a few hours. It is also recommended that patients keep their heads elevated for the first 8-10 hours. Results following BOTOX will become apparent within 4-14 days. After the full effect of the Botox has been achieved, patients will notice an inability to fully move the areas injected. Over time, with limited movement, wrinkles will cease to appear.
BOTOX treatment costs will vary depending on how much of the product is used. The charge is $12 per unit of BOTOX and one treatment area generally takes approximately 20 units. Typical areas to be injected with Botox are as follows: Forehead, Glabellar Area (Between the Eyebrows) and Crows Feet (Lateral Area Around the Eyes). Each area is a separate area, and should you have all three of these areas injected you should expect to pay $720.00.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
Is It Safe?
BOTOX is approved by the FDA and has a long, safe history. It is administered in over 75 countries and consistently ranks as the most popular cosmetic procedure in America. However, even with its popularity, BOTOX is a drug and should only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Individuals who receive injections by someone inexperienced run the added risk of bruising, over medicating and ultimately, obtaining an undesirable result.
In 2009, BOTOX gained competition when Dysport (abobotulinum toxin A) was developed, approved by the FDA, and made available to the general public. Both drugs are used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. Some practices lean towards BOTOX to address forehead lines, while considering Dysport for crow’s feet. There has been much debate as to which drug is superior. Both have their advantages. Some distinct differences can be discussed during your consultation.
Botox or Filler?
Injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates the appearance of smooth skin. BOTOX temporarily relaxes the underlying muscle allowing the area to make the expression that creates the wrinkle. A skilled practitioner will be able to determine if a filler or if BOTOX, and often both products are used together, should be used to achieve optimum results.
Individuals who wish to soften and decrease facial lines and wrinkles may be candidates for BOTOX. The most common age to receive BOTOX injections is between 30-55. However, it is also common for patients younger and older to receive injections.
BOTOX is not a one time injection. Results generally last for several months, occasionally longer, although unfortunately it is not permanent. Regardless, many patients recognize even the temporary results are worth feeling and looking younger.