What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a non-surgical aesthetic enhancement for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a quick cure for some minor physical irritations such as muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and vascular spasms in the hand. BOTOX® Cosmetic, the market name for botulinum toxin, addresses facial lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and décolletage.
Common Uses for BOTOX®
The most common cosmetic uses for BOTOX® include:
- Frown lines: Lines between the brows from furrowing them.
- Crow’s feet: Fine lines around the eyes caused by squinting or smiling.
- Forehead lines: Lines across the forehead from lifting the brows.
BOTOX® can also address the following physical conditions:
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle spasms
- Gummy smile
How Does BOTOX® Work?
Overactive muscles create dynamic wrinkles, which are produced from facial expressions such as smiling, squinting, or frowning. Over time, dynamic wrinkles turn into static wrinkles, which appear on the face when it is at rest. Wrinkles can also be caused by age, reduction in collagen production, and sun exposure.
BOTOX® contains a purified neurotoxin that temporarily reduces muscle activity. When injected, the neurotoxin interrupts the nerve communication sent from that muscle.
This reduces its activity and lets the skin above relax and soften wrinkles. The same science can be used for physical irritations like excessive sweating. When BOTOX® is injected into the armpit, nerve communication coming from sweat glands is blocked, thereby reducing sweat.
BOTOX® is a temporary solution. To enjoy lasting results, patients may choose to come in for regular injections every three to six months.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cost?
Neurotoxins can be billed in two ways. One is per unit. This means that you and your injector estimate how much neurotoxin you will need, and you pay that amount. The downside is that either the practitioner may underestimate how much you need or you may not have the budget for an adequate treatment. Either of these factors could result in under-treatment.
Another way in which neurotoxin treatments can be billed is by treatment area. This means that the patient pays a flat fee, and the provider treats until the desired result is achieved. If you need a ‘touch up’, there is no additional charge. Obviously, the downside is that this approach may seem to be more expensive.
Typically, flat rates are between $300-$1000, and per-unit prices are about $10-$20. At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, we prefer a flat rate for Botox injections. In this manner, treatment can be individualized based on your needs – everyone has varying degrees of muscle strength and muscle mass. At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, typically the fee is $375 for one area and $700 for two areas. Additionally, all Botox injections are performed by Dr. Bajaj herself.
Candidates for BOTOX® are patients who wish to diminish fine lines and wrinkles or address a physical irritation. BOTOX® is a great solution for those wanting to regain a more youthful appearance without undergoing a surgical procedure.
XEOMIN®, another botulinum toxin product, is also available at Bajaj Plastic Surgery. XEOMIN is also a highly purified botulinum toxin in which all the accessory proteins are removed.
There are no serious contraindications, but potential candidates should not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have preexisting muscular or nerve damage. Candidates must be age 18 or older and in good general health.
Before BOTOX® treatment, skin is cleansed at the treatment site. A numbing agent is not required but available for additional comfort during the injection. After the area is marked, BOTOX® is injected into the muscle beneath the wrinkle.
Little to no downtime is required after a BOTOX procedure. It’s advised to remain upright for about six hours, avoid alcohol, and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Redness at the injection site and a slight headache are common after treatment. About four to eight days after your treatment with either BOTOX® or XEOMIN®, you will begin to see the wrinkle-diminishing effects. The results of your treatment can last several months.
Contact Us for a BOTOX® Consultation
If facial lines and wrinkles bother you, we encourage you to consider BOTOX. Call us or request a consultation online today to inquire about information or to schedule an appointment.