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Botox for beginners FAQs

What is Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Jeuveau? All of these products are a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin A. Botox is the brand name most widely known, but all of these products work in the same way.

How exactly do they reduce wrinkles?

Botulinum toxin acts on the nerve-muscle junction of a targeted muscle to reduced that muscle’s ability to contract. Thereby creating temporarily more relaxed muscle that can not contract as strong to create dynamic (movement) wrinkles in treated areas of the face. Static lines that may be etched into an area of the overlying skin and are present with your face at rest will not typically be improved as much by toxin treatment.

How long do the results last? Typically all of the below brands of toxin last about 3 months. Sometimes the affects last slightly longer or shorter by 2-4 weeks.

What results can expect? The goal of toxin treatment is to help the face appear well rested and slightly more youthful by several years. We typically like avoid over treatment the gives the face a “frozen” or unnatural look popularized in reality shows like “The Real Housewives of.. wherever. “ Of course we will cater to the clients requests within the margin of clinical indications and safety.

What areas be can be treated? Common areas treated include but are not limited to:

  • Forehead wrinkles

  • Frown lines between the eyes (aka number 11’s)

  • Crow’s feet

  • Gummy smile

  • Jaw muscle (masseter) muscle for jawline sliming

How much does it cost? Typically toxin is priced per unit at most medical aesthetic clinics. This price can range from $10-18/unit depending on the toxin used, clinic pricing and location. We charge $12-13/unit. This is the cost average for the local area. Clients typically use between 20-50 units with the total cost usually ranging between $300-500 every 3 months.

What are the potential risks and side effects? There are serious but exceedingly rare complications such as regional muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing and even anaphylaxis. Of the millions of toxin injections performed annually for cosmetic purposes, the rate of serious complications is less the 1%.

Less common complications include eyelid droop, infection and smile asymmetry. More common complications include eyebrow lowering, headache, and bruising at an injection site area.

1-2 days after injection some people feel a tingling or heaviness in their forehead and occasionally a very mild headache.

Can I talk to someone before i decide Absolutely! You can schedule a free, no pressure consult to answer your questions in greater detail. Click here to book an informational consult.

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