Today, Botox Cosmetic is used by men and women to treat stubborn frown lines—between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and other fine lines on the forehead and the lips –that tend to accumulate over time as a result of years of smiling and squinting.
By reducing the contractions and relaxing the underlying muscles of the face, patients see noticeable results in their non-surgical Botox treatment with very little downtime.
Botox is an excellent, non-surgical option that reduces the effects of aging and helps regain a more youthful appearance. At TLC Laser & Skincare we are advocates of natural looking results.
During a typical procedure, we evaluate which areas need to be treated based on your facial expressions and lines created. The area is cleaned and prepped, and a small needle is then used at the injection sites. A visit typically lasts only 15-30 minutes long, and our patients easily tolerate the minor pinch sensation at the injection sites. Muscle control that creates your wrinkles begin to diminish in five to seven days, and full correction occurs in 14 days. There is no real downtime associated with a Botox treatment, although you may see slight redness at the injection site immediately after treatment that diminishes very quickly. The results of Botox (or competitive neurotoxin brands such as Dysport or Jeuveau) can last anywhere from three to four months.
Botox and other brand name toxins are priced based on the number of units used on the individual, and how much you will require is based on the areas you need treated and overall severity of wrinkles.
Botox Cosmetic developed by Allergan is also eligible for credit towards Brilliant Distinctions, a free program in which you receive credit towards purchases and earn money saving coupons on future treatments. Brilliant Distinctions is a great way to save on your favorite procedures and SkinMedica products at no cost to you. Think of it as credit card miles for your anti-aging treatments.
A note: Dysport uses a different unit of measurement, so it’s important that you are aware if you are being priced based on cost per unit.
History of Botox
As a powerful neurotoxin that can ease overactive muscles, Botox was originally used by ophthalmologists to treat crossed or wandering eyes. After it was found to be effective in reducing wrinkles, the FDA later approved to be used as a cosmetic procedure in 2002.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is cleared by the FDA to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults through a prescription injection.
Additional treatment areas on the face are considered off-label. Other toxins have been developed with slightly different formulations by other FDA cleared companies in the United States, such as Dysport and Jeuveau.
How long does it last?
Results typically last three to four months.
When will I see results?
Patients begin seeing results within five to seven days, with full correction at the fourteen-day mark.
Is one brand or product better than another?
Botox Cosmetic is the popular brand name, but alternative brands such as Dysport and Jeuveau are also effective. Some individuals prefer a certain brand based on their own personal experience.
Can I get Botox the day before a big event?
Yes, treatment really has no downtime other than a few red marks at the injection site that resolve within hours. But your treatment results will not be seen for 5-7 days with full correction at the fourteen-day mark so if you are looking for improvement for the big event it is best to have treatment at-least 14 days prior to the event.
Does it hurt?
Patients describe the injections with the very small needles as a pinch and are generally very well tolerated.
How does Botox get rid of my wrinkles?
Botox stops the communication to your muscles that create the lines and wrinkles on your skin.
Does it really matter who does my Botox?
Although Botox is commonly used today, it is important that you used a highly trained specialist who is familiar with facial anatomy, advanced techniques and medical conditions that might prevent you from having the treatment. Bad experiences are common when patients go to individuals who are not experts in the field of medicine. TLC Laser & Skincare nurse injectors are considered experts with many years of experience and training.
How much does Botox cost?
TLC Laser & Skincare charges based on the number of units used. A provider in our office will evaluate your areas of concern. An optimal treatment plan and cost will be discussed during the free consultation with our nurse injector. They will give you an expected price prior to the procedure. Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the nurse injector who is administering your treatment.
Can I get Botox done the same day as other injectable procedures?
Yes, you can receive Botox the same day you receive other injectable treatments, including dermal fillers such as Voluma XC, Juvederm, Restylane, etc.
What happens if I need more correction, or the injection didn’t quite work in an area?
TLC Laser & Skincare is focused on your results. If you ever need an adjustment after your treatment, we will gladly make the fix. Injecting can be an art and every patient is different; we are happy make minor adjustments to meet your needs. We are true believers that less is more, so there are some cases where we start more conservative and can add more to the treatment if necessary, to give patients a more natural result.
Are You A Candidate for Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Both men and women experience the benefits of reduced wrinkle lines through the use of Botox. At TLC Laser & Skincare we always offer free cosmetic consultations and encourage anyone considering this or other rejuvenation procedures to speak with our specialists.
Patients who are allergic to the ingredients in Botox cosmetic or have had allergic reactions to other Botulinum products should consult with their physician prior to treatment. Patients should also disclose whether they are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breast-feeding or have used other Botulinum injections in the past.