Botox Cosmetic is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the fine lines and facial wrinkles that appear on the face over time. Also known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, Botox is a muscle-paralyzing neurotoxin. When injected into a predetermined area by a skilled injector, the Botox will temporarily reduce muscle activity and smooth facial creases, helping to ease muscle contractions.
There are two types of wrinkles: Static, formed by lax tissues, and Dynamic, created by repetitive muscle movements. Botox Cosmetic works on Dynamic wrinkles by blocking nerve stimulation to the cheek muscles and others in the targeted area. As this occurs, the muscles release, easing and flattening the skin. Treatment plans involving Botox can provide dramatic improvement for Frown Lines (between the eyebrows), Crow’s Feet (at the corner of the eyes), Forehead Lines, expression lines, and Lipstick Lines (tiny wrinkles around the lips).
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox Cosmetic?
Candidates for treatment with Botox Cosmetic are beneficial for men and women of any age. People frustrated by the early signs of aging due to facial lines and wrinkles, or even those who suffer from a medical condition like excessive sweating, can find that Botox provides an effective treatment. Botox is an FDA-approved injectable treatment safe for all ethnicities and skin types.
Botox Cosmetic Applications
- Forehead lines: Horizontal lines on the forehead, resulting from raising the eyebrows.
- Frown lines: Also known as “11 lines” or glabellar lines, these are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows when a person frowns.
- Crow’s feet: Fine lines and wrinkles that radiate from the outer corners of the eyes, exacerbated by squinting and smiling.
- Bunny lines: Horizontal wrinkles on the sides of the nose, visible when laughing or scrunching the nose.
- Lip lines: Vertical lines above the upper lip, sometimes called “smoker’s lines.”
- Chin dimpling: To smoothen out a pebbled or orange-peel appearance on the chin.
- Brow lift: A non-surgical lift that can be achieved by injecting Botox to relax the muscles that pull the eyebrows down.
- Jaw reduction: This involves injecting Botox into the masseter muscles to give a slimmer jawline appearance.
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How is Botox applied?
Injected into the targeted area with a tiny needle by an experienced injector, Botox Cosmetic takes less than 30 minutes in the office. Prior to treatment, Dr. Vitenas will determine if you are a good candidate for Botox, which areas of the face will be targeted, and how much will be needed. Virtually painless, Botox does not require an anesthetic. Patients normally report a slight pinch during each injection. When Botox is administered around the mouth, for areas such as Lipstick Lines, the use of a local anesthetic is recommended.
What can be expected after Botox is applied?
No downtime is required after a Botox Cosmetic treatment; patients are able to return to their usual activities immediately after a treatment. Minor bruising may occur at the injection site, although this will quickly resolve. The results from a Botox treatment can first be appreciated in five to seven days. The full benefits from a treatment will appear in two weeks. These will last between three to four months; after which time, patients will need a repeat treatment to maintain results.
Botox Cosmetic can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, to achieve optimal results. By adding a dermal filler, such as Juvederm or Radiesse, both Dynamic and Static wrinkles can be erased; providing a healthy, youthful appearance. Talk to your esthetician about the other treatments or products and services available at the Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique to further improve the look of your skin.
Safety and Considerations
While Botox has been found to be safe for various treatments, it’s crucial to ensure that the procedure is performed by a trained medical professional like Dr. Vitenas. Potential side effects can range from bruising at the injection site to more serious complications if the toxin spreads beyond the intended area.
It’s also essential to discuss any health concerns or medications with the practitioner before undergoing a Botox treatment, as certain conditions and drugs can interact negatively with the toxin.
Botox Cosmetic FAQ:
Botox Cosmetic is a mild neurotoxin that can dramatically improve the appearance by reducing facial lines and wrinkles. Botox – or Botulinum Toxin – temporarily paralyzes targeted muscles, causing them to relax and smooth for up to four months.
Botox Cosmetic will smooth wrinkles and erase fine lines by relaxing Dynamic facial muscles, those responsible for repetitive movements. The paralyzing toxin is best used for Frown Lines (between the eyes), Crow’s Feet (edges of the eyes), Forehead Lies, and Lipstick Lines (around the lips). *
Botox is administered through very small injections, placed directly into the targeted muscle.
A typical Botox treatment will take less than 30 minutes to perform.*
Botox Cosmetic injections are performed in the Beauty Boutique’s state-of-the-art MediSpa; located in beautiful Houston, Texas.
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Am I a good candidate for Botox?
The ideal candidate for Botox will be either a man or woman, seeking a more relaxed and youthful appearance. *
How long does it take for Botox Cosmetic to take effect?
Will anesthesia be used during my Botox Cosmetic treatment?
No anesthesia is required during a Botox treatment, as the procedure is relatively pain free. A local numbing agent is only necessary for injections around the mouth area.
Are Botox injections painful?
Botox Cosmetic injections cause very little discomfort. Patients normally report a quick ‘prick’ during the injections. *
What can I expect from the recovery period after Botox Cosmetic injections?
There is no downtime required after a treatment with Botox Cosmetic. Minor bruising may occur; this will resolve over the next few weeks. The results from Botox Cosmetic can be fully appreciated within the next two weeks. *
When can I return to work after my Botox injections?
Patients are able to return to work or school immediately after a Botox Cosmetic treatment. *
How long will the results from my Botox Cosmetic last?
The results from one Botox Cosmetic treatment will last between three and four months. At this time, a repeat procedure will be necessary to maintain the results. *
What potential complications might arise from Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is considered safe when applied by an experienced professional. Complications are rare; but should they occur may include severe headaches or overcorrection. *
How much will a Botox Cosmetic session cost?
The exact cost of a Botox Cosmetic treatment will depend on the area being treated and the amount of correction required. We charge a cost per unit of $14.00 for Botox Cosmetic, making the average treatment cost between $150 and $600.
Can I finance my Botox Cosmetic injections?
Yes, patients are welcome to pay for their Botox injections with cash, all major credit cards, personal check, and healthcare financing through CareCredit. For more information contact Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique or go to Carecredit.com to apply.