Miami is a city full of beauty, beauty that is always on display everywhere from the beach to the nightclubs.
The natural aging process, sun exposure, and stress are among some of the factors that can lead to facial lines and wrinkles. But thanks to non-invasive research and advances such as injectable fillers; you can maintain a beautiful complexion longer without having to undergo plastic surgery.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an easy, painless, and affordable solution for wrinkles and fine lines. When administered by a certified professional, BOTOX® Cosmetic minimizes muscle contractions which helps reduce wrinkles. Just one treatment can make a dramatic difference in helping to restore your youthful appearance.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Made from Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein, BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to prevent muscular contractions in your face by blocking nerve impulses. Wrinkles and lines form on your face as a result of facial muscles contracting. The muscles on your face contract with facial movements such as squinting, smiling and frowning, producing wrinkles on the skin over the muscles. Once injected, within days BOTOX® Cosmetic works to block the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that helps the facial nerves contract. With the release of acetylcholine being blocked, the facial muscles have no option, but to remain relaxed. Thus, wrinkles and lines slowly disappear.
Different Types of BOTOX® Cosmetic
There are two types of botulinum toxin treatments that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): BOTOX® Cosmetic by Allergan, Dysport® by Ipsen. Both these products use a different strain of the same type of bacteria, attach to unique parts of the nerve and have distinct molecular structures. This means dosage may not be equivalent among the different treatments.
The Difference Between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
Made by Allergan, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been around for more than 20 years. It is a safe and efficient injectable that relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
In the 1990s, Dysport® was developed to treat muscular disorders. It was approved by the FDA in 2009 and soon became popular for wrinkle treatment making it a fierce competitor for BOTOX® Cosmetic. Made from the same neurotoxin as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® is also a safe neurotoxin protein. It requires fewer injections, is more affordable and less painful, but typically does not last as long as BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Dysport® goes a bit deeper than BOTOX® Cosmetic (1-3 centimeters), which is why you need fewer injections than BOTOX® Cosmetic. In addition, it takes up to a week for the treatment to fully manifest as opposed to up to 72 hours with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Since Dysport® contains less protein than BOTOX® Cosmetic, it takes longer because the body breaks it down more slowly.
Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic helps to remove wrinkles and smooth out the facial lines therby giving your skin a more youthful appearance. The benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic can be seen both when the face is still or being expressive, such as frowning, smiling, laughing, etc. BOTOX® Cosmetic’s relaxing properties also make it a good treatment for other physical conditions including excessive sweat under the arms and feet, migraine headaches, and stress incontinence.
The Use of BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® injections provide you with the option to forgo plastic surgery to receive similar results. Thanks to this painless outpatient treatment, you’ll experience amazing results within just three days. BOTOX® Cosmetic can take years off your facial appearance, smoothing the skin around your forehead, mouth and eyes, as if the fine lines around these areas never existed. You’ll enjoy flawless skin quickly and with minimal discomfort.
The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic are not instant. After undergoing treatment, BOTOX® injections can take us 72 hours to work. BOTOX® Cosmetic results are not permanent. Generally, the BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments last three to four months. Each patient will experience their own unique results. There may be circumstances when injections need to be administered more often.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Before and After
There are many factors that contribute to facial wrinkles apart for the natural aging process. Fine lines, ridges, and wrinkles in the skin may appear due to sun damage, dehydration, smoking and even certain medications. As you age, skin becomes thinner and dryer, and loses its elasticity and ability to protect itself against the elements. Fine lines and deep furrows can appear as a result.
There are several treatments to help minimize their appearance and correct cosmetic problems such as frown lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX® injections are typically recommended for finer, shallower wrinkles, while collagen fillers are for more pronounced wrinkles.
Once administered, BOTOX® injections work to temporarily paralyze the muscles in the affected areas. The Botulinum toxin prevents your nerve from signaling your muscle to make any movement, limiting facial expressions in the treated areas. The effects slowly wear off during the course of three to six months.
Common BOTOX® Injection Sites
There are various areas where BOTOX® Cosmetic can be injected to improve the appearance of aging and wrinkles:
- Crow’s feet or area around the corners of the eyes that are pronounced when you laugh or smile
- Sagging eyebrows
- Frown lines or lines between the eyebrows
- Mouth corners or marionette lines that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the jaw
- Smoker’s lines from pursing the lips
- Neck cords or bands that appear when the platysma muscles begin to sag.
These types of wrinkles are the most targeted for the use of dermal fillers. BOTOX® Cosmetic helps to reduce their depth and makes the skin smooth.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects
While BOTOX® injections are relatively safe neurotoxins, there are still risks involved with the treatment. Common side effects include:
- Bleeding at the site of injection
- Bruising, swelling, weakness and nausea near the injection site
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Irregular heartbeat and vision changes
In addition, if the toxin is injected incorrectly, it can lead to a crooked smile, off center eyebrows, drooping eyelids, dry eyes or profuse tearing. This is why it’s extremely important for a qualified licensed professional, such as a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, to administer the BOTOX® injections.
Be sure to contact your physician immediately if you experience an allergic reaction.
The Cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic
How much does BOTOX® Cosmetic cost? Cost depends on various factors including geographic location of the facility, amount of treatment and the expertise of the professional administering the treatment.
Average price ranges from $300 to $800. At Elite Plastic Surgery we offer BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment at a competitive price without compromising quality, and cost is based on areas.
Since there are many variations of these products, it is extremely important that you select a highly qualified, trustworthy board-certified practitioner, dermatologist or certified injection specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic
Q: Can I have an unlimited amount of BOTOX® injections?
A: Yes, a patient may have an unlimited amount of BOTOX® injections.
Q: Can you develop antibodies to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A: Yes, when this occurs your doctor will need to administer additional BOTOX® Cosmetic shots.
Q: Can side effects be avoided?
A: No, but side effects can be mild if performed properly by a licensed professional. If performed by an unqualified professional more side effects can show up.
Q: Can I exercise after BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A: Exercise should be avoided for at least two days after receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Q: Why can’t I lie down after BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A: Some doctors feel that lying down after BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments may cause the BOTOX® Cosmetic to spread to other areas. You can lie on your back or stomach after four hours.
Q: What are the alternatives to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A: Xeomin® and Dysport® can provide the same effect since their active ingredient is Botulinum toxin Type A.
Q: Can BOTOX® Cosmetic be used to treat wrinkles under the eyes?
A: BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to treat muscles; therefore, a more aggressive treatment may be needed such as a filler injection or plastic surgery.
Q: Can I use BOTOX® Cosmetic to contour my face?
A: BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to treat wrinkles, not contour the face. It only alters your facial expressions, not the shape of your face.