Botox is an extremely popular treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or to prevent wrinkle formation altogether in the first place. Botox treatment can help elevate the outer eyebrow in some women to give them more of an arch.
Botox can help reduce the size of the Masseter muscle on the jaw and help reduce the size of a wide jaw often seen in some Asian patients.
How long does Botox last?
Botox injections must be repeated 3-4 times per year for best results. Ideally, the next injection should be done before the results of your last Botox injection completely wear off. The goal is to keep the targeted muscles weak all the time. This is why we encourage our patients to schedule their visits in advance so there is no time period where their frown muscles are regaining bulk or strength. The goal is to have these muscles get weaker and weaker and therefore create fewer wrinkles.
Doing Botox injections once a year is better than not doing Botox at all. Twice a year is better than once a year injections. But ideally for the best results Botox should be re-injected 3 to 4 times per year.
What are the limitations of Botox?
Botox simply relaxes voluntary muscle movement in certain areas of the face. Therefore Botox helps reduce or eliminate “dynamic wrinkles” or wrinkles that get worse with expression and movement.
The wrinkles that are already present at rest known as “static wrinkles” will not go away with just Botox. Other additional procedures may be needed to improve those types of wrinkles such as Dermal fillers.
Botox works best for prevention. Obviously Botox still works for older patients once the “static” wrinkles have formed in order to prevent them from looking deeper or from getting deeper. But Botox works best when started at a younger age in people in their late 20’s and early 30’s. The best age for Botox is when you notice your skin forming fine lines as a result of over expression, squinting or smiling. If you make lots of expressions with your eyes or eyebrows when you talk, work on the computer or are out in the sun, you may want to consider starting Botox Cosmetic as young as 25 to prevent wrinkles.
Each person’s muscle movement and expressions are unique. Think about the actor, Jim Carrey and what he can do with the same muscles and the rest of us have!
Effects of Botox in older patients:
Botox has a more limited benefit in older patients when used alone. Patients in their 40’s, 50’s 60’s, 70’s and beyond can definitely benefit from Botox but other procedures may be necessary for the optimum smooth results. A good skin care regiment combined with Ultherapy Treatment can give the best results by preventing further wrinkles and reducing the ones already formed in younger and older people alike!
Wrinkles on the face are always formed perpendicular to the muscle contracting and forming the wrinkle. The goal is to weaken these muscles. Devices sold on TV, claiming to exercise and strengthen facial muscles do the complete opposite and thus create deeper wrinkles!
What are Botox risks?
Overall in relative terms Botox is a very safe substance when injected in the proper settings by a trained professional. In relative terms, Botox is much safer than Aspirin and Tylenol and serious side effects from cosmetic uses are practically unheard of.
The usual risks are minor bruises from the needle itself, although allergic reaction and infection is also theoretically possible. Flu like symptoms or minor headaches can occur despite the fact Botox is used to treat headaches. Most of the risks are temporary and wear off as Botox wears off.
Botox can diffuse over an inch away each time from its injection site so even the same exact injection method can yield slightly different results each time but these are very insignificant differences.
Botox must be injected in a correct pattern to maintain natural expression.
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Botox for men:
Men are learning more and more about Botox and Dermal Fillers and learning that taking care of their face can pay off in the long run. Botox can be injected in men to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. Since there is no true “down-time” from Botox injections, there is no reason anyone needs to know about the injections and men can keep their secret of their fountain of youth just that – a secret!
Since men cannot wear makeup to cover wrinkles, it is best to avoid getting deep wrinkles in the first place by using Botox 3 to 4 times per year.
It is very important to keep men’s expressions natural and prevent an over-arched eyebrow or a fake look.
Men often have much stronger muscles than women so more Botox is needed to achieve the same relaxation. For example, in most women, 30 units of Botox is the “standard dose” for reducing the frown lines but 40 or 50 units may be required in some men with very heavy muscles.
Some men choose to do a lower dose and have more movement but come in more frequently (every 2 months) for the injections in order to look very natural.
How much does Botox cost?
Botox cost varies significantly based on geographic location and the expertise of the injector. We have seen some Spas or doctors in NYC charging as much as $30/unit! Here at Rejuvenation Clinic we kept our prices at around $7/unit for over 2 years!
Getting Botox by “unit” makes the most sense rather than “Botox by the area.” The problem with paying for Botox by “area” is that no two people are exactly the same and each person may require a different amount of Botox. Also, when you pay by the “unit” or “dose” you know exactly what you paid for and how much actual Botox you received. You must know how much Botox you are receiving thus we highly recommend avoiding places that charge by the “area.” You often end up paying more and getting less.
They offer “free touch ups” to entice patients since their initial dose is usually too low. At Rejuvenation Clinic you get what you pay for. If you need more, you will simply pay for the additional Botox.
What are Botox alternatives?
Dysport and Xeomin are other substances very similar to Botox. All 3 are FDA approved. Although Botox was the original FDA approved neurotoxin for reducing wrinkles and lines, Dysport has gained significant popularity in recent years. Dysport and Botox are the two most popular cosmetic wrinkle reduction substances in the United States. As a latest trend many patients now prefer an Ultherapy treatment for the forehead and crow’s feet in a addition or instead of Botox injections to keep a natural facial expressions but prevent further wrinkle formation.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months
- Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing
BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, or both at the same time.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles: trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past.
Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: discomfort or pain at the injection site; headache; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and swelling of your eyelids.
For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.
To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-433-8871.