What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Most people know BOTOX Cosmetic as the non-surgical cosmetic injectable that can minimize the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX injections are also used to treat a variety of conditions. For example, this formula can improve certain eye muscle problems, severe underarm sweating and migraines, and common signs of aging that have developed between the eyebrows and around the eyes and mouth. Dr. Neal Goldberg, our board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you decide if BOTOX injections are right for you.
- How BOTOX Cosmetic Works
- BOTOX Cosmetic Benefits
- BOTOX Cosmetic Candidates
- BOTOX Cosmetic Side Effects
- BOTOX Cosmetic Treatment
- BOTOX Cosmetic Recovery
- BOTOX Cosmetic Cost
- BOTOX Cosmetic for Sweating
- BOTOX Cosmetic Alternatives
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX Cosmetic diminishes wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscle, thereby relaxing the muscle. Upon injection, tense muscles loosen up, allowing wrinkles to do the same. It is important to note that the effects of the procedure are not permanent; retreatment is usually required every four to six months.
What Are the Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Designed to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX injections can be administered to several areas of the face. Dr. Goldberg most commonly uses BOTOX Cosmetic for:
- Glabellar lines (creases between the brows)
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Vertical lines around the lips
In addition to correcting common signs of aging, this injectable offers several other benefits, including swift results and brief treatment time. The effects of BOTOX Cosmetic should begin to be noticeable after a few days and full results should be visible after about two weeks. Many patients opt to have BOTOX injections about one week or so before a special occasion; however, almost any time is a good time for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Right for Me?
As noted, BOTOX Cosmetic can be used to treat a number of physical conditions, and the first step of your consultation will be discussing your desired outcome and reviewing your anatomic needs. Additionally, you should be in good general health, understand the limitations of the treatment, and want to improve your appearance or address another concern for which BOTOX injections are a suitable solution.
Generally, my most satisfied patients are the ones where their friends tell them they look better but can’t put a finger on what the change was.”
– Dr. Goldberg
Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Have Any Side Effects?
Patients can expect minimal downtime and side effects, but some minor concerns are not unusual and should pass quickly. Possible side effects include: redness, bruising, and stinging around the injection sites, and less commonly nausea, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache, and eyelid droop.
What Can I Expect During BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment?
Injections are performed in an office setting and require as little as 15-30 minutes of your time, and many patients choose to have this procedure done on their lunch break. We take great care to provide you with the best, most comfortable experience possible. While most patients report little to no pain, we can provide a local anesthetic and cold compresses to help minimize discomfort, if desired, though this is often not necessary.
After selecting the areas to be treated and their points of injection, Dr. Goldberg will inject the BOTOX Cosmetic. The dose used will be selected depending on the mass of the muscle being treated; larger muscles often require more of the formula to achieve the desired outcome.
Once injected, the substance targets the muscles’ nerve endings, preventing the muscles’ ability to contract. Over the next days, the wrinkles that originally developed because of muscle tension begin to relax and disappear.
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Recovery Like?
Individuals can return to their normal activities directly after treatment. Dr. Goldberg may request that you refrain from alcohol consumption for the next few days and remain upright for about 6 hours after treatment. Please contact us if you notice any of the following symptoms: difficulty with swallowing, speaking, breathing, or if any existing symptom worsens. Most patients will need to return for treatments every 4-6 months. Some people find that long-term use of BOTOX Cosmetic can provide longer-lasting reduction of facial creases.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Cost?
The price of BOTOX Cosmetic is determined based on how much of the formula is needed to provide an optimal result. Dr. Goldberg will discuss your customized treatment plan with you, including how much product can provide the desired outcome, and our team will review the cost with you in full. We want you to be well-informed, comfortable, and confident about every stage of treatment. If you would like to consider plastic surgery financing, we work with several reputable lenders.
BOTOX Cosmetic for Sweating
Many patients are afflicted by excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. BOTOX injections can be used to reduce the symptoms of this common problem, so you can feel fresher and drier in any environment. Dr. Goldberg can provide additional information during your initial consultation.
What BOTOX Cosmetic Alternatives Are Available?
In addition to BOTOX Cosmetic, a multitude of minimally invasive treatments are available to help minimize common signs of aging, including dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® and options such as laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Goldberg will recommend additional modalities during your initial consultation if you are interested in alternatives to BOTOX Cosmetic or supplementary procedures.
For more information about BOTOX Cosmetic procedures, call our office for a complimentary consultation at 914-840-5999.