As we age and lose subcutaneous tissue under our skin, the muscles of the face move closer to the surface and exert their forces that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment and works by temporarily paralyzing these muscles. The result is a smoother more youthful appearance to the skin.
The typical treatment takes about 10-15 minutes: There is minimal discomfort with little or no bruising; Avoid aspirin or other medications that cause blood thinning for several days prior to your treatment appointment. Makeup can be applied immediately afterwards and you can return to regular activities after several hours:
Almost anyone with undesired fine lines and wrinkles is a candidate for Botox: The most common areas include the forehead, the “worry lines” or “11’s” between the eyebrows, and the crow’s feet around the eyes: The lip can be treated for a “lip flip” combined with dermal fillers and the neck bands can also be treated effectively with Botox. Patients with unrealistic expectations who expect all wrinkles to be eliminated are not great candidates for treatment. Botox works by softening specific areas of the face, but not eliminating all lines completely. Patients can expect an 80% softening of existing fine lines and wrinkles with treatment.
Botox is a neurotoxin, as is Dysport and Xeomin, different brand name products with similar actions. Temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles causes the muscles to relax, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox can also be used for a number of medical conditions, including blepharospasm, Bell’s palsy, migraines and excessive sweating. At Lumiere Med Spa, we have extensive experience utilizing Botox, Dysport and Xeomin for all aesthetic and medical applications.
Lumiere Med Spa, Botox injections generally range from $8 to $12 per unit when given by a registered nurse injector and may be more when given by a physician, depending on the number of units and any specials, deals or promotions.