Who Benefits From Botox Treatments?
Botox is FDA approved for multiple issues, but cosmetically is most famous and utilized for the vertical frown lines, also known as “11’s” between the eyes, above the nose. By relaxing the muscles in this area, in some people the lines completely disappear until the Botox wears off, usually in 3-6 months. When these lines are very deep, they will soften greatly and flatten, but probably won’t disappear completely. This is why starting this treatment before these lines become very deep helps prevent permanent lines. With a physician evaluation and order, other areas can be treated successfully as well, although other areas are not FDA approved. These include forehead lines, crow’s feet, lip lines, a pebbly looking chin, the bands in the neck (platysmal bands), bunny lines at the upper sides of the nose, and more. In the United States, there are two other Botulinum Toxins Type A approved for cosmetic use- Dysport and Xeomin. We offer all three products at Dignity Medical Aesthetics.
Botox is also FDA approved for Hyperhidrosis- excessive sweating. We offer this treatment at Dignity Medical Aesthetics as well.
Currently, in the US, Botox brand by Allergan has 82% of the market share. Our office is in the top 4% of the nation in the amount of Botox injected, even when compared to much larger offices with many more providers. We use only certifiable Allergan Botox- no risk of copycat (we don’t know what is in those vials, so “copycat” may be a hopeful term) botulinum imported from foreign countries or purchased illegally as often done by deeply discounted providers. We welcome you to ask our staff to see the Allergan vial used which features a distinctive Hologram on the label. Because of the amount of Botox we purchase, our price is extremely competitive and our injectors are very advanced.
What to Expect During Treatment?
Botox is injected through very tiny needles by our highly trained and professional staff. Because the needles used are so thin, treatment is often described as feeling like a small insect bite; therefore ice is generally all that is needed to prevent any discomfort during treatment. Our staff has countless hours of experience with the injection of Botox and in the art of injection. Botox treatments are quick and usually completed in less than fifteen minutes. Generally you can return to work directly after the treatment. It is important to avoid any blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Fish oil, etc. for a week or two prior to treatment, as these greatly increase the potential for bruising.
What to Expect After Treatment?
Occasional side effects of Botox injections include temporary swelling or firmness at the injection site, slight pain, and redness. Generally these fade quickly, usually within an hour. Very rare side effects include nausea, muscle weakness, flu like symptoms, drooping of an eyelid or a headache. Botox begins taking effect within 24 hours, but is often not completely noticeable for 5-7 days.
For our first time patients, we prefer that you return for a two week follow up so we can assess whether we achieved the maximum desired outcome possible. This also helps establish correct dosing for future appointments. Many offices do not offer a no fee follow up appointment, but we have found this process leads to excellent patient satisfaction and loyalty. We do not charge an appointment fee for the follow up, but if more units are recommended, there is a per unit fee for additional units.
For beginners having the area between the eyes (glabella) treated, if complete relaxation is achieved, most patients will see a three month duration. If the treatment is repeated every three months for one year, by the second year, a four to five month duration is typical. Continue at this pace, and by year three, a six to eight month duration may be achieved. Most importantly, keeping the lines from returning prevents them from deepening. If for any reason you decide to discontinue treatment, you will return to full movement in a few months. There will not be a worsening of lines should you decide to stop, just a return to your starting point prior to treatment.
Dignity Medical Aesthetics is proud to serve the Cameron Park area. We are located in beautiful El Dorado Hills, California. Contact us today!