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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective therapy that improves facial wrinkles, diminishes frown lines, and softens harsh expressions. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and successfully for over 10 years.
In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. The Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery buys its BOTOX® directly from Allergan, the only FDA-approved source in the U.S.
Treatments with Botox
Using a tiny micro-needle BOTOX® is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face. These include the vertical lines between your eyebrows, the horizontal forehead wrinkles, and the corner of your eyes (crow’s feet). BOTOX® injected into these targeted facial expression muscles, blocks nerve impulses to the muscle so the muscle as a whole contract less. This results in the overlying skin becoming smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles. The action of frowning is muted, and the frown lines soften, relax, and diminish. The untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion allowing normal facial expression and feeling to be unaffected.
Following the consultation, the actual procedure takes about 15 minutes. Since there is no down time you can do it at lunch time- and no one would know you had it done!
Goodbye My Angry Line
I had a pronounced line on the bridge of my nose, which caused me to appear angry.Dr. Hoffman eliminated the line and I actually never felt any discomfort, due to the superb way in which he administered the botox injections. Dr. Hoffman is the consummate professional. He is always patient and very honest about what is the best course of treatment and what results one should expect.
– Botox Patient
Results of BOTOX® Cosmetic
The results of your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will begin to appear in three to seven days. The effect will last three to four months, after which the treated muscles will gradually regain their action. When the frown line starts to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired results. We advise patients to have their first 3 treatments precisely 12 weeks apart and the next 2 treatments about 16 weeks apart. Typically patients who follow this treatment schedule need less Botox and increase the time needed between treatments.
Are there any side effects?
As with any injection, there can be temporary swelling, redness, bruising, headache, or local discomfort. Patients with neuromuscular disorders should consult with their physician before receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment should not be administered to women who are pregnant.
How Much Does Botox Cosmetic Cost?
The cost of Botox Cosmetic will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies. Find out more by scheduling a consultation.
Answer: Botox and Dysport are both neuromuscular modulators. They cause blockage of the muscle receptors and weaken the strength of the muscles responsible for facial animation. The goal is to minimize muscle contractions and, therefore, decrease wrinkling during expression. Botox and Dysport can be used interchangeably. The main difference between the two is that Botox has a longer onset of action; it takes about 1 week to see results. Dysport usually takes about 3-4 days before results are able to be seen. Botox typically lasts about 3 months, but if used when animation begins to return, it can have a synergistic effect and last 3-6 months. Dysport usually lasts a little over 3 months and the same synergistic effect can be seen.
Answer: You can treat several types of wrinkles using Botox, including:
- The “cobblestone” skin of the chin
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Horizontal forehead lines, also called worry lines
- Smoker’s lines around the lips
- Glabellar lines between the brows
- Bunny lines at the top of the nose
Harsh vertical platysmal neck bands can also be treated.
Answer: While most people think of Botox as purely cosmetic, it can also be used for several medical reasons. It has been approved by the FDA to treat or significantly reduce symptoms in the following medical conditions:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Eyelid spasms
- Muscle contractures
- Migraine headaches
- Strabismus (for those over 12 years of age)
- Upper-limb spasticity (for those over 2 years of age)
- Overactive bladder
- Cervical dystonia
Answer: A good candidate is someone who is frustrated with their fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Ideal candidates are not pregnant or lactating. Good candidates are realistic about the results they are expecting.
Answer: To prepare for the treatment, discuss your expectations with Dr. Hoffman and stop taking any medications that would potentially complicate the healing process. You should also avoid smoking to experience optimal results.
Answer: The procedure begins by cleaning the targeted areas and then marking them as a guide. Botox Cosmetic will then be injected into the muscle under the marked areas. This prevents nerve signals to these contracted muscles, which allows them to relax. This allows the skin of the area to lie flat, making fine wrinkles disappear.
Answer: Follow the post-treatment guidelines given by your doctor for the best results. Don’t rub the treated areas, as it could cause the Botox to spread to other regions. Avoid strenuous physical activity for a few days. Also, don’t bend if you’ve had the treatment done between your eyebrows, as this could lead to droopy eyes.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information, call our office today at 610-896-6666 to set up a consultation with Dr. Hoffman.
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