BOTOX Cosmetic FAQ
What is BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX Cosmetic is a natural, purified protein that is injected in very low doses into the overactive muscles that cause lines to form.
How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX Cosmetic works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that causes muscles to contract. It can be injected into the area around “animation lines” to decrease the over-activity of the squint that makes crows feet as well as the frown lines between the eyebrows. Once the muscles are at rest, the skin becomes smoother, creating a more natural and relaxed appearance. The key advantage of BOTOX, as we see it, is that it is a quick and easy way to minimize facial wrinkles. This simple, safe 10-minute procedure involves a few small injections and is performed in the office. Overall, the discomfort is minimal and temporary and most patients go right back to work or continue their activities immediately after the procedure. The effect of BOTOX Cosmetic begins in a few days and the results usually last for up to 3-4 months. Since BOTOX Cosmetic is temporary, the lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance once it has worn off. When this occurs, additional treatments are necessary to re-gain results. We consider BOTOX useful mainly to “buy time” for patients until they are ready for more effective cosmetic treatments.
Is BOTOX safe?
Botox has safely treated a variety of conditions for more than 10 years. BOTOX has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and has been recognize by the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and National Institutes of Health as safe and effective treatment. Over 10 years of clinical experience involving thousands of patients is a testimony to the potential benefits of this treatment. As with any therapeutic, certain patients may experience side effects from the administration of BOTOX Cosmetic.
Side effects and complications have been minimal but occasionally slight, and/or bruising, allergic reactions, including rash, itching, local swelling, headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea may occur and disappear with time. The fee for BOTOX injections range from $275-675.00 and is not covered under insurance plans for cosmetic use.
The injections are usually performed with a local anesthetic, but patient’s can be sedated using Intravenous Sedation if desired at an additional charge.