As the adage goes, “prevention is better than a cure,” which is just as true when it comes to treating premature signs of aging. Fortunately, with Botox treatments, you have the best prevention tool available for dealing with signs of aging such as wrinkles and lines on the face. Botox, a safe and convenient injectable treatment, prevents the formation of wrinkles and keeps your face looking youthful and smooth.
At Skin Care by Alyce, we’re pleased to offer BOTOX Cosmetic injections to those who are looking to put a halt to the effects of time on their appearance. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Botox
- 3 Areas Treated
- 4 Benefits of Botox
- 5 The Injection Process
- 6 Botox Recovery
- 7 BOTOX Cosmetic Results
- 8 How Is Botox Different From Dermal Fillers?
- 9 Dysport vs. Botox
- 10 Consultation
- 11 Pricing
Before and After Photos
BOTOX Cosmetic is the only approved prescription medicine to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. It relaxes the muscle under a wrinkle, blocking signals that go from the nerves to the muscle.
After injection of Botox, the muscle can no longer contract, causing wrinkles to relax and soften. Wrinkles that are caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
BOTOX Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.
With more than 25 years of experience and an extensive technical understanding of facial muscular anatomy, Alyce is a certified injector by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Her combination of experience and expertise ensures that your results are beautiful and natural to you. Less experienced injectors may result in a “frozen” or “plastic” face that looks obviously treated.
Botox injections are primarily for the prevention of wrinkles and signs of aging on the face, but may also be used for the treatment of migraines, neck spasms, and hyperhidrosis.
Botox injections are ideal treatments for:
- Prevention of facial wrinkles
- Prevention of smile lines
- Prevention of frown lines
- Migraine treatments
- Hyperhidrosis (overactive sweat glands)
Benefits of Botox
There are many reasons that this is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market. Some of those are as follows:
BOTOX is very safe
As one of the most popular treatments performed worldwide, Botox injections are performed for millions of patients annually. Even with these high numbers, the treatment has a great safety record and continues to improve with its formation.
While procedures like facelifts and brow lifts are obviously going to get you more dramatic and lasting results, these also require you to go under anesthesia and risk scarring from incisions. And many people who are fairly certain that they will get one of these procedures down the line are still glad that they have something that can help delay them.
Often touted as “lunch hour procedure,” Botox injections can be completed quickly and they require no recovery time. A single session can get you in and out in less than half an hour. Results also show up quickly, with many patients seeing improvement within 4-7 days and full results showing up after two weeks.
Can Be Combined With Other Procedures
Botox treatments can be combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments such as chemical peels or IPL treatments for a comprehensive anti-aging treatment.
The Injection Process
Anti-aging Botox injection treatments are performed in our state-of-the-art treatment room while you are awake and resting comfortably. After the treatment area is cleaned and prepped, small-gauge syringes are used to inject the Botox into the specific facial muscls groups that are responsible for creating lines and wrinkles. The injection process may only take a few seconds, but requires precision to target specific areas to achieve a natural result. For those who find the experience uncomfortable there are topical numbing creams. We also recommend taking deep breaths along the way will help you to relax as the injections are made.
The number of Botox units is varied according to the needs of each patient. Our philosophy always places the goals of the patient at the top and the treatment is fully tailored to achieve the best, most natural-looking results. Great results can be achieved with just a single, precise injection or may require a combination of three or more targeted injections to achieve a desired result.
As mentioned earlier, many people are able to receive their Botox injections during their lunch breaks due to the fact that there is no downtime required. Generally speaking, after your Botox treatment, you can be back on your daily routine without missing a moment. However, there are some things you can do on your end to ensure a speedy post-injection recovery. They are as follows:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours to help results settle and to maximize your own comfort
- Refrain from the use of NSAIDs or blood thinners for 24 hours, as thinning of the blood promotes bruising
- Avoid heat from baths, showers, and other forms, as this will also lessen your risks of post-injection bruising
- Apply an ice pack to the area, but only for 20 minutes or less in a particular area
- Avoid rubbing the injection site, as this can negatively affect your results.
BOTOX Cosmetic Results
Botox works beneath the skin’s surface, targeting the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet. You may begin to notice results within 5 to 10 days for reduction of moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
Botox injections are ideal for treating the following areas:
- Glabella: The smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows.
- Crow’s Feet: A branching wrinkle at the outer corner of the eye.
- Forehead: The area above the eyebrows.
The vast majority of patients who receive Botox treatments report high satisfaction in their results.
How Is Botox Different From Dermal Fillers?
Although both treatments are injectable and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, the way they create change is different. Botox weakens the muscles responsible for frowning and squinting, smoothing even deep frown lines. Quite differently, dermal fillers are injected to replace lost fat and volume in the face, creating more definition and filling the skin out, naturally reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This FDA-approved injectable is used to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles between the brows from brow-furrowing. It is also often used on smile lines and “crow’s feet”, both of which are typically from squinting, frowning, or laughing.
Botox injections have active ingredients that are “neuromodulators,” that work within your muscle groups to relax facial muscle contractions. Smile lines, frown lines, horizontal lines across the forehead and other signs of aging that can appear on the face are typically a result of repeated, everyday facial muscle contractions. Additionally, with age, your skin elasticity tends to decline, meaning your skin loses its ability to bounce back from repeated muscle contractions involved with smiling, chewing and other facial expressions. With Botox treatment, these muscle groups are carefully targeted to limit these wrinkle-forming contractions. With fewer contractions, your face’s natural, youthful smooth appearance is kept intact.
Because they do different things, they are often used in combination with one another. Botox results typically last 3-4 months. With dermal fillers, it depends on the type. A common scenario is for a person to be treated with Botox to correct lines between the eyes and a dermal filler to correct marionette lines (smile lines around the mouth).
Dysport vs. Botox
Dysport and Botox are similar products, as both are type botulinum type A used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Dysport is a smaller molecule, Both injections will need to be redone with 3-6 months to maintain results. There are some very subtle differences, which are as follows:
- Dysport has been shown to have a slightly quicker onset (2-5 days as opposed to 4-7 for Botox)
- Dysport diffuses more, which is an advantage in some parts of the face while a disadvantage in others.
We can discuss both options with you and help you decide which is better for your presenting concerns.
We will discuss with you exactly what your concerns are and manage your expectations to ensure you get the most optimal result. We will determine if you are a candidate for Botox injections. This includes performing an examination and taking a medical history. Our treatment recommendations will align with your goals and budget. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions to ensure you have a full understanding of the treatment, so don’t hesitate to speak up. Also, be sure to tell us about any medications you are currently taking, including those that are over the counter.
The cost of your Botox treatment will vary based on your unique presenting issues. After sharing your concerns and coming up with a treatment plan during your consultation, you will be given a price quote for the procedure. Please contact our office and schedule a consultation today!