Botox® has gained huge press in the past years and for good reason. Over 11 million people have experienced the benefit of Botox®, a treatment that smooths and rejuvenates your skin and reduces wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions.
Often, women in their 30s and 40s come into the office and ask me if there are creams that can be used to correct the 11’s that have developed between their eyebrows, or the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. While certain creams such as prescription retinoids help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, they do not prevent or treat the wrinkles that develop from the dynamic movements of our face. If you are a smiley person like me, you may inevitably developed etched in lines from facial expressions. Neurotoxin or Botox, as it is most commonly called, is the perfect fix for this. Botox allows me to smile as much as I’d like while maintaining a youthful appearance. I started getting Botox a couple years ago, and have never looked back. Most of my patients feel that same way – once you try it, you never go back!!
Of course, there may be a ton of questions that come to mind about whether or not to get neurotoxin. The biggest concern that I hear about is whether or not your face will look “frozen” after the procedure. In the right hands, the answer is absolutely not! My goal is to make you look refreshed and wrinkle free, while still maintaining natural movement and expression in your face. It is important that you get your care from a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Remember the goal is to be a renewed you, not a new you. To find out more about what to expect, read on here….
Dr. Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip will evaluate your health, discuss your medical history and assess your face. Your overall goals will be discussed and a recommendation will be based on this information. It is important that you notify the dermatologist of any medications you are taking as well as of any allergies, skin issues or illnesses. Botox® is suitable for people of all ages but is not for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Botox® informational materials will be provided during this visit and the techniques will be described in detail. If you have any questions this is an excellent time to ask them.
Botox® procedures generally only take about 20 minutes and are non-surgical so there is no anesthesia required. The needles used to inject the neurotoxin are very small and thin, and as such, pain is minimal. You will be asked to move certain facial muscles to determine the best points to inject Botox®. Injections will be made directly into the muscles at several points in the area being treated. If you are sensitive to pain we can use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area.
Patients routinely continue with most normal daily activities after the procedure. However, I do not recommend that you get a massage right after the procedure, as pressure on the face can displace the product from the original injection site. I also recommend avoiding facials and Clarisonic brushes immediately post procedure. It is ok to resume these activities 24 hours post procedure. Occasionally, there may be some slight discomfort, redness or bruising at the injection site but this should not last more than an hour after treatment. Results will not be immediate but you can expect to see smoother skin within a few days, and results will last up to 4 months. Repeat treatments will be required to maintain your youthful appearance and to prevent wrinkles from returning. Dr. Ip will discuss repeat treatments during your visit.
The cost of treatment will vary depending on your individual goals and needs. Costs will be discussed during your initial consultation. However, the usual range is $300-800 depending on the number of units used. For the average woman, looking to treat her entire forehead I would budget roughly $500.
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