Wrinkles, furrows and expression lines can cause you to look old before your time. The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin can be injected safely under the skin of the forehead or in the eye area to minimize the appearance of frown lines, creases and crow’s feet.
What is botox?
Botox is a protein that is made from the botulinum toxin that is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Although this substance is toxic in large quantities and can lead to the potentially fatal condition known as botulism, in small doses it has significant medical and cosmetic benefits. For instance, professional practitioners use tiny amounts of this neurotoxin to temporarily paralyze muscles in the face, leading to relaxation and reduction of lines and wrinkles. Specifically, this substance is used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, horizontal forehead creases, lines at the corners of the mouth, “cobblestone” skin on the chin and skin bands on the neck.
Candidates for botulinum toxin injections
Good candidates for botox cosmetic procedures include the following:
People with moderate to severe wrinkles;
People whose wrinkles are in areas that can be treated with botulinum toxin, including the forehead, between the eyes, the chin and on the neck;
Patients who are in good health;
Patients with realistic expectations about the outcome.
Like virtually all medical procedures, botulinum toxin treatments have both advantages and disadvantages. The upsides of this form of treatment include:
Refreshed, youthful look;
Temporary softening of wrinkles and expression lines;
Few side effects;
No down time;
Safe and convenient;
Minimal health risks.
The botox cosmetic treatment also has some negative aspects. These include:
Results are temporary, requiring booster treatments;
Occasionally, patients may experience severe allergic reactions;
Botox injections should be conducted by a professional in case of allergic complications;
Can prevent patients from being able to squint or show other facial expressions;
Botox in Miami procedures only have temporary results and must be repeated regularly;
Botox cost anywhere between $250 to $1500 per treatment;
Side effects may include temporary bruising, eyelid drooping or headache;
Traumatic for patients who fear needles.
What issues can botox cosmetic address?
Botox treatments can be used to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, chin cobblestoneing and skin bands on the neck. All of these conditions are exacerbated by the tension in overused muscles. Because Botox injections disrupt the nerve messages that command these muscles to contract, the face and neck take on a more relaxed and smoother appearance. When patients want a non-invasive yet effective way to look younger that involves few side effects and very little recovery time, botulinum toxin is often the smartest solution.
Your botox consultation
Botulinum toxin is a prescription medication. Therefore, it is essential that you meet face to face with a botox specialist who is knowledgeable and experienced in administering Botox injections. When you meet with the specialist, you should feel free to ask any and all questions you may have about the procedure. You can expect the following to happen during your consultation:
The practitioner will ask you about your medical history, including allergies, medications you take and any past cosmetic procedures you may have had;
You will discuss the outcomes you would like. The practitioner will describe the botox treatment in detail as well as any other surgeries or procedures that might address your concerns;
A skin analysis will be done to ascertain if botulinum toxin is right for you and whether you would benefit from additional complementary treatments;
Your botox specialist will talk about potential risks and side effects as well as what to expect after the Botox in Miami procedure;
You will have the chance to ask questions;
If you decide to move forward with the procedure, you will sign consent forms and schedule your treatment.
How do botox injections work?
Your treatment should only take a few minutes. Here’s what to expect:
You will review which areas are to be treated as well as how much botulinum toxin you will receive;
Your specialist will mark the areas to be treated;
A mild cleanser will be applied;
Ice or a numbing cream may be put on;
The specialist will insert micro-needles filled with botulinum toxin into the muscles;
The specialist will apply pressure and ice to minimize swelling.
You should see results in a few days. After-care is minimal, but be sure to follow your specialist’s instructions.
Botox miami cost
Because this is an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance does not cover botox cost. Botulinum toxin comes in 100-unit vials, and your specialist will be trained in knowing exactly how much you will need and where it will be targeted. The specific price you pay will depend on how many areas are being covered. To illustrate, injections to relax frown lines would be considered one area and would probably require 20 units at an approximate cost of $350.
Schedule your treatment with our botox specialists
Prestige Aesthetic Center is a premier South Florida provider of trending boutique procedures, including botox cosmetic treatments. Our practitioners have extensive knowledge and years of experience in the safe, targeted injection of botulinum toxin to produce the most youthful results. In a matter of just a few minutes and with minimal down time, you can transform the look of your face and neck, taking years off of your appearance. Call us today at 786.461.1040 to schedule your free consultation.
The effects of your injections should last for roughly six months, after which you will need to make another appointment.
Side effects are usually mild but may include:
Swelling, pain or bruising at the injection site;
Headache or flu-like symptoms;
Excessive tearing or eye dryness.
On rare occasions, patients may have severe allergic reactions.
Xeomin and Dysport are competitors to the better-known botulinum toxin. Dysport, also a neurotoxin, differs in both structure and dosage. Although results are similar, Dysport seems to work a bit faster. While Dysport costs less per unit, more is needed to achieve the desired effect. Overall, both treatments have a similar cost. Xeomin, another alternative, is also made from the same active ingredient. However, it has a purer structure that may prevent antibody resistance and can be stored at room temperature. Nevertheless, it seems to be just as effective but not more so than standard Botox.
Botulinum toxin is not a cure for wrinkles. However, when administered regularly, it can minimize the appearance of facial lines and is sometimes used by younger people as a preventative measure.
On average, expect to pay $10 to $15 per unit, with the treatment of one area such as the forehead requiring perhaps 20 units every few months.
Working out strenuously soon after this procedure can put unwanted pressure on the injection site, increase blood flow and lead to excessive movement that could cause the injected medication to migrate. Therefore, wait at least 24 hours before brisk exercise. Many practitioners may even advise you to wait a week before fully resuming your regimen.
Generally, it can be placed in the forehead, top of the nose, the eyebrows, around the eyes, chin, jaw line and neck.
Do not lie flat for at least four hours after your injection;
For the first hour after injection, make exaggerated facial expressions in the affected area;
Refrain from any exercise that substantially raises your heart rate for at least 24 hours. Walking or low-impact exercise is fine;
Do not massage, manipulate or press on injection areas for 24 hours;
For 24 hours, don’t take ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil supplements or vitamin E;
If bruising starts, apply ice for 15 minutes of every hour;
If you get a headache, taking Tylenol is fine;
Schedule a follow-up appointment two weeks after your injection.
It may take up to two weeks for the full effects to show.
Botox is safe for anyone who is 18 years or older. In most cases, people begin to use it when they are in their mid- to late 20s as a preventative measure.