Botox® BOTOX or “botulinum toxin A” is a neurotoxin complex used to relax targeted muscles. It’s injected directly into the muscle to induce this reaction. A trained practitioner analyzes the skin, muscle, and nerve impulses before completing the procedure. Once injected, nerve impulses in the muscle are blocked with this purified protein. Patients with deep, creased wrinkles or “dynamic wrinkles” require immediate attention. BOTOX aids in targeting these naturally produced wrinkles. As the muscle(s) relax, the skin begins to smooth out and regain elasticity. BOTOX aids patients with upper facial wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet (corners of eyes). Types of wrinkles include: Dynamic Wrinkles: Created by muscle movement (smiling, crying, laughing) Static Wrinkles: Created without movement as the skin ages and loses elasticity. Under the supervision of a trained specialist, the BOTOX injection will not eliminate the use of one’s facial muscles nor will it inhibit one’s smile. The technique provides a smoothing effect without preventing natural movement. This is a world-leading procedure and millions of cases are completed around the world. It’s a dynamic, top of the line procedure perfect for all candidates. Ideal Candidate for BOTOX In general, the clinic will examine a patient before determining the appropriate course of action. An ideal candidate is someone with fine lines/wrinkles between the ages of 18 and 65. Procedure After the consultation with a certified injectionist, a treatment plan will be penned. This will encompass one’s medical history, goals, treatment areas, and all related details. The injection areas are observed to pinpoint ideal injection sites and anatomical features. The procedure always includes a brand-new vial of BOTOX Cosmetic. Once the patient is seated, a topical anesthetic is applied to the target area. All injections are completed with a small needle to minimize pain/discomfort. This treatment will conclude in less than 5-10 minutes depending on the number of target areas. Recovery Once the treatment is completed, patients are given post-procedure guidelines. These details illustrate all after-care requirements at home. The injectionist will analyze the surface of the skin to pinpoint potential redness, swelling, and/or irritation. If present, an ointment is provided to help it settle. With the help of a certified injectionist, all post-treatment issues last no more than a few hours. The initial results will appear once the skin settles (24-48 hours). All long-term results appear 1-2 weeks after the session is completed and should last 3-5 months. Please note, each patient is unique and these dates can vary. The skin will go back to how it was if another injection isn’t completed in 3-5 months. However, patients display longer lasting results with each additional injection as the skin trains itself to stay put. Side effects of BOTOX While a certified injectionist reduces any chance of side effects, it’s best to keep note of what each procedure entails. Side effects can include pain/discomfort, fatigue, headaches, droopy eye(s), and allergic reactions. In most cases, these are mild and disappear in no more than a few hours. Patients are recommended and will be asked to state all medical conditions before the procedure including allergies, muscle conditions, nerve conditions, and pregnancies. The injectionist will also inquire about previous BOTOX injections, facial surgeries, and current medications. Cost of BOTOX All cases are customized and require a specialist’s assessment before costs are determined. This will depend on the number of units required and areas being treated. The consultation will end with an all-inclusive quote. To receive your quote, please call in and book an appointment with an experienced injectionist as soon as possible. This is the time to maximize your skin’s elasticity and regain your youthfulness.