BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Botox is one becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. Part of the popularity of the procedure is due to the fact that it is effective and quick and it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or facial lines that worry, the environment and stress can cause. Botox® injections help to smooth frown lines between the eyes, at the base of the nose and on the forehead. Botox® Cosmetic is made of botulinum toxin, and can help to reduce wrinkles at the base of the nose and around the eyes. The treatment can help to provide a younger and healthier appearance to the face. Find out more about Botox® Cosmetic and the risks, costs and benefits by looking at the links below.

BOTOX® Cosmetic - What is It?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injection that can help to diminish and even eliminate facial lines or wrinkles by helping to relax the muscles underneath. The results are temporary and the product is made from the botulinum toxin type A, which is a toxin that affects the neuromuscular system. This toxin is produced by bacteria and can be fatal when in the pure form. Botox® Cosmetic has a very diluted form of this toxin that has been found to be safe. Because of this, the US FDA has approved it to ease disorders of the eye muscles and helping to smooth frown lines. This is considered to be an exceptional treatment that is used with other types of plastic surgery including eyelid life or face lift for maximum results.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a type of injection that blocks the impulses from the nerves to the muscles, which allows for a complete relaxation of the muscles. The wrinkles of the face go away immediately and allow for a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Who should consider BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Ideal candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic are people that want to soothe the wrinkles and lines in their face, but are unwilling to have a surgery for any reason. There is the potential for mild side effects but they will usually diminish quickly. It is advised that pregnant women not have this procedure, as the effect of Botox® on the unborn baby is not clear. Patients who have neurological disorders should also avoid having this procedure as well.

Since BOTOX® Cosmetic requires just a few little injections during a session that lasts about 10 minutes, there are lots of people who are interested in this procedure and would benefit tremendously. While this procedure is FDA approved for those who range in age from 18 to 65, the best way to decide if Botox® is a good choice for you is to talk to a doctor who specializes in this treatment.

Your BOTOX® Treatment - What You Should Expect

Before you have a Botox® treatment, your doctor will talk to you about the facial muscles that will need to be injected and you will be instructed to tighten the facial muscles so it the areas of injection can be precisely determined. Next, your doctor will administer Botox® using a tiny needle into the muscles that are the cause of furrows, horizontal wrinkles and frown lines. Since it is a quick procedure and there is only slight discomfort, there is no need for anesthesia. If a person has sensitivity to pain, it may be necessary to numb the treatment area with anesthetic cream or cold packs before treating.

BOTOX® injections are most often done right in your doctor's office and will usually take about an hour from the start to end. The time your treatment takes will depend on your case, but the process of the injection often doesn't take any more than 10 minutes. This is part of the reason that Botox® treatment is considered to be the "lunchtime" cosmetic treatment. Most patients don't need any kind of downtime and are able to go right back to their daily activities.

Recovery From BOTOX® Treatment

Most of those who have a Botox® treatment do not feel pain afterward. The Botox® is injected into muscles right underneath the skin. In many cases, the patient is unable to feel the actual injection, or they say it feels like a small insect bite. The doctor carefully targets certain groups of muscles so that only the essential areas are treated. Once the injections have been given, there will be after-care instructions to follow.

You may notice small red dots on the skin and some very minor bruising. Both the bruising and red dots will fade in a very short time. It is essential that you follow the advice of your doctor for the Botox® after-care procedure to ensure that you have the best results possible. Some people find that it is helpful to use a light cold compress to the area that has been treated for a little while after the injection. Any swelling or bruising can be reduced by using makeup.

The Results of a BOTOX® Treatment

Choosing to be treated with Botox® cosmetic has the potential for noticeable results to help keep you looking and feeling more youthful. You will start to see the results of a Botox® treatment after a week or so. As the muscles begin to relax, you will notice that the targeted wrinkles and lines begin to diminish and often completely disappear.

Your appearance will continue to improve over about a month until the full benefits of Botox® treatments have been reached. As the Botox® helps to relax the muscles, the wrinkles and lines will gradually disappear.

The Benefits and Risks with BOTOX® Cosmetic

While a Botox® procedure is often sought after for the benefit of taking years off the face by working to eliminating crow's feet, frown lines and other wrinkles on the face, there are other benefits as well. In addition to the benefits, there is a very small potential for risks that have been recorded until now. Pregnant woman and patients who have certain neurological disorders should not consider this treatment and those who are taking different types of medications or antibiotics are likely not good potential candidates for a Botox® procedure.

The following is a list of potential Botox® benefits:
  • Some patients have reported a reduction in migraine headaches
  • Reduce and even eliminate wrinkles with no surgery
  • No need for sedation or anesthesia
  • Corrects the muscles under the skin Reduces horizontal creases in forehead.
  • Helps to reduce the frown lines and horizontal forehead creases
  • Reduces the look of laugh lines and crows' feet .
  • Provides noticeable benefits
  • Fully reversible and customizable effects
  • Potential side effects of BOTOX®

    While a Botox® injection has been shown to be safe and have a very small risk of side effects, there are some risks with this procedure that you should consider. These include:
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Mild numbing or tingling sensation in the area of injection
  • Minor bruising or swelling around the site of injection
  • Potential allergic reaction to the injection
  • No improvement at all
  • Temporary headache
  • Temporary nausea
  • Most often temporary drooping eyelid or eyebrow Many of the potential side effects are avoidable when the correct techniques for injection are used and when the patient avoids rubbing or touching the injection site for about 12 hours after the procedure.

    Cost of BOTOX®

    The average cost of a Botox® injection in 2008 was slightly more than $400. Keep in the mind that the actual cost of this treatment will depend on your area. In the northeastern United States in 2005, the highest average cost of Botox® could be found at just more than $500, but the states in the west had an average at just lower than $380.

    How much your Botox® injection will cost will likely depend on factors that include how qualified your surgeon is, what time of year you're having it done and how many injections you will be getting.

    Most of the practices you will find charge a flat fee for each Botox® injection, but some choose to break treatment costs into "units". Flat fees will often be between about $300 to $1000 and per unit rates are most often priced at about $10 to $15 a unit. The cost of Botox® cosmetic for physicians is about $400 for a vial, which contains 100 units - approximately enough for between four and five treatments, the vial has to be completely used within a few hours that it is opened, so if a total vial isn't used, a doctor will be forced to throw the rest away.

    Men and BOTOX® Treatment

    The vast majority of people who choose to have a Botox® treatment are women, but these days, more and more men are interested in the way this procedure can improve their appearances. Plus, since it takes such a small amount of time, even busy men can have a procedure done and go back to work.

    How to choose the right BOTOX® specialist

    There are many doctors that have experience providing Botox® injection, but each individual doctor is likely to have differing qualification, so you should be sure to ask questions when seeking the right specialist for you. Be sure to address the experience of the specialist, how much it will cost and if you can see some of the results of Botox® patients of the doctor you are considering. You should also see if potential touchups are included for less than perfect results and ask about any other issues that you might have. By making sure to be very specific about what you expect, you will be able to be sure that you get the treatment and specialist that will work best for you.