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Botox

What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®; Allergan Inc.) is a purified and sterilized extract from bacteria. Doctors have used Botox for years to treat various medical conditions, especially around the eyes.  Botox is used for the reduction and or removal of the vertical lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, crow's feet, horizontal lines in the neck, and laugh lines around the nose.

$199 for 1st site, $100 for each additional

Benefits of Botox:

    • Reduces or eliminates wrinkles without surgery.
    • No sedation or anesthetic is needed.
    • Corrects underlying muscles (as opposed to the skins surface or sub-layer the way peels do).
    • Reduces horizontal creases in forehead.
    • Reduces frown lines.
    • Minimizes the look of crows' feet and laugh lines.
    • Provides dramatic effects.
    • Effects are reversible.
    • Some patients report they no longer get migraine headaches.


How does Botox work?
A few drops of Botox are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle. When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often disappear. Botox treatment does not affect normal facial expressions.

Who is a candidate?
The best candidates for Botox treatment are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 30 or older, but you may decide to have this procedure at a younger age in order to prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles.

Results you can expect
Dramatic responses are often seen within a few days to two weeks. However the results are in most cases temporary and may need to be repeated after 3 to 6 months.

Safety and Side effects
This procedure is one of the safest available for reduction of wrinkles. Botox has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 12 years and for wrinkle therapy for almost 10 years. It has been approved by the FDA for neurological disorders. In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. However, medical treatment is not an exact science and the degree of the improvement is variable. Occasionally there is no improvement and another form of treatment may be required.

Recovery Time
Nearly all patients continue their routine daily activity immediately after the treatment.  

Before Treatment Instructions 
Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen-like medications for 1 week before treatment.

After Treatment Instructions:

  • Avoid lying down or massaging the treated area for 4 hours after treatment.
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours.
  • Exercise the treated muscles for a few hours after the treatment.
  • If you get a headache (as some people do for few hours after the treatment) you may take Tylenol, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
  • You may take Arnica tablets if there is any bruising in the site of injections,
    or if you are prone to bruising.
  • You will notice the effects of the Botox treatment in 5 to 10 days

 

 
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