Patients with wrinkles, whether they have been caused by smiling, laughing, frowning or the passage of time, have alternatives available to them. Our office is proud to use Botox® injections as a method for safely improving the appearance of forehead worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet or other dynamic aging lines. Our patients usually leave the office the same day and report little to no pain during the procedure. Botox has been one of the most in demand physician administered cosmetic procedures in the United States and globe over the last several years according to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Botox Cosmetic Basics
Botox is also known as BTX or botulinum toxin. It was introduced in the late eighties by Canadian ophthalmologists who started off using Botox injections to treat optic muscle disorders and found it to be an effective anti-aging agent. Botox was later approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe frown wrinkles and lines in 2002, and its popularity has grown ever since. Botox is still one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed every year for anti-aging or any other purpose.
The ideal patient for Botox cosmetic treatments can be male or female, of any age, and any skin type or color. Patients should be in general good health, have a good knowledge of the treatment process, and maintain reasonable expectations for results after the procedure.
- In 2015, Botox remained the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for both men and women and was followed by hyaluronic acid fillers.
- According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox cosmetic was performed 6.7 million times in 2014 alone, which was up 6% from the previous year.
- With 43 muscles located in the face, it is vital that the person who is injecting Botox cosmetic treatments understands and identifies the correct spots in order to optimize any treatment.
- By expertly choosing specific muscle groups, the Botox cosmetic provider will weaken only the muscles that produce wrinkles while not affecting the patient’s natural facial expressions.
Botox Cosmetic Treatment Staff
Dr. Lamb and his staff have expertly and safely treated patients with Botox cosmetic injections anywhere from age 18 to 65 to help them maintain and restore a more youthful appearance. The most common uses for Botox injections are to treat the development of forehead lines, brow lines and the edges of the eyes, also known as crow’s feet. During appointments, patients are encouraged to meet with Dr. Lamb to discuss the results they are hoping to achieve and to develop a course of action. Not every patient is a good candidate for Botox treatments, and Dr. Lamb may recommend one of the other facial fillers for better results.
The only way to know for sure if Botox cosmetic injections are right for you is to come to our office for a consultation. To learn more about Botox and other minimally invasive skin treatments, call our office at (816) 795-5262 to arrange your complimentary consultation today.
Botox Cosmetic FAQ
What is Botox Cosmetic Good for?
Botox cosmetic is an injectable filler that is used for the temporary treatment of wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest. It is most commonly used for lines around the forehead and the eyes. In addition to anti-aging treatments, Botox has also expanded to include many other cosmetic procedures including changing the shape of the face, changing the shape of the mouth, for treating patients with smiles that show too much gums, for pronounced neck bands, and even for improving sight in those with crossed eyes or those who have squinting issues.
What is the Cost of Botox Cosmetic Treatment?
The cost of a Botox cosmetic treatment varies by patient, how many issues they have and treatments they need. Although many deals and online coupons are offered for Botox, injectors may offer a zone price or a price per unit that is a “come on” price. One Botox unit can generally run from $9 to $15, and the average patient can need anywhere from 20 to 60 units per treatment or more. Technique matters, in that Botox injected into the fat of the forehead or brow results in a markedly reduced response, as diffusion of the toxin occurs. Our practice has traditionally offered Botox on a balanced approach, which we call a “pattern”. Each person’s pattern is unique and designed to result in a relaxed but energetic look, that allows attractive animation, yet decreases unwanted expression, such as frowning. As a result of this approach, most of our patients can expect the desired results with injection of approximately 30 units of Botox in middle aged and older patients and less in younger individuals.
What are Botox Cosmetic Side Effects and Dangers?
Botox cosmetic works by blocking the nerves that cause muscles to contract, and the effects are temporary. The only dangers from Botox treatments are if they are administered by someone unqualified who does not know where or how much to inject. Temporary and minimal Botox side effects include redness or swelling at the injection site. When used correctly, there is no puffiness or numbness at the injection site.
How Many Botox Cosmetic Treatments do I Need to See Results?
Patients can see results in as five days after treatment. These treatments typically last for three to four months, at which time patients are advised to return and continue Botox cosmetic treatments. Those who undergo prolonged treatments often see a reduction in the frequency of need to return.