BOTOX COSMETIC® FAQs
BOTOX COSMETIC® is an injectable neurotoxin that is administered directly into the muscles of specific areas of the face to relax the face and reduce lines, wrinkles and creases caused by the pull of the underlying muscle. At Prima Center for Plastic Surgery in Duluth, patients can receive this outpatient cosmetic treatment by some of the best surgeons in the area. Common injection sites for BOTOX COSMETIC® are between the brows, forehead and around the mouth and eyes. With extensive cosmetic knowledge, our surgeons will ensure to achieve as close to your desired look without leaving you with “frozen face”.
BOTOX COSMETIC® Reviews
"I love this place Dr Z is great! He is not only a genius with botox and fillers, He and Nurse Cindy are amazing down to earth people that make you feel completely comfortable,welcome and relaxed. Great place Thanks for helping me beat back the hands of time!!!"- K. / Kudzu / Feb 03, 2012
"I've gone to Dr. Z several times for Botox. Prices very competitive, easy to get appts, staff very friendly & extremely helpful. Don't push other services. Answers all your questions. Going back for Juvederm & maybe eyelid lift. Spa is also very good - great relaxing environmen."- L. / Kudzu / Feb 20, 2012
"Highly recommend. Very friendly cordial office, and spotless. I had never before had any kind of treatment done so was apprehensive about what I was getting into. Kristina is very helpful explaining the skin treatments. I feel safe doing what she recommends and felt equally comfortable with Dr. Song (Botox), and Juvaderm. Tired of looking crabby. Kristina did a series of collagen treatments, I tend to be skeptical, but the results from both were pretty amazing."- L.G. / Yelp / Jun 06, 2015
"I've come to Prima for lip fillers, Botox, and a peel. Every single person in the office has been so friendly and accommodating! My first visit was for Juvederm and Botox, and they wrapped it in to a package which actually helped me save around $100. They also accept CareCredit, so great for finance options! I really love the nurses in the office, as well as Dr. Zwiren! He was nice enough to see me last minute to check on my fillers after getting them done when I was panicking about a lump. I'm definitely going to continue coming to Prima for my treatments. The office is clean, staff is friendly, and pricing is competitive."- C.K. / Yelp / Oct 08, 2018
"I have been to a few plastic surgeons before but none of them can be compared to Dr. Zwiren and his staff. I have had my Restylane Lyft facial filler and Dysport performed with fantastic results. The doctor and staff are extremely knowledgable and have provided the best possible service. All of my friends comment on my appearance. My only problem is that I run out of Dr. Z's cards to give my friends."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 14, 2018
Tiny doses of BOTOX COSMETIC® are injected muscles of facial expression where wrinkles have become noticeable. It is normally done during a 15 minute office visit. The number of injections and dose amounts administered varies by patient depending on the severity of wrinkles and the number of areas treated. Common treatment areas are the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, (called the 11"s), the crow's foot lines, and upper lip. By activating the muscles of facial expression we are able to tell which areas will benefit from muscle relaxation with BOTOX COSMETIC®. This procedure does not create any discomfort other than a normal prick that comes with a small needle. A topical anesthetic cream may be first applied to help with any discomfort. Patients will be able to go home right after treatment with no downtime from their normal routine. The only restriction is to not rub the areas that were treated for 4 hours after injection. Most patients will begin to notice the effects of BOTOX COSMETIC® in 5 to 7 days.
What to Expect with BOTOX COSMETIC®
After treatment, mild swelling and bruising may appear on the injection spots. The only restriction in activity is to not rub the area or areas treated for 4 hours after injection. The redness and swelling will only last for a few hours, but some patients may experience bruising for several days. There are bruising medications, such as Arnica, that patients can take a week prior to treatment to help minimize bruising. If you have had bruising the past make your plastic surgeon aware of the problem and precautions can be taken such as applying ice right after the injection. The results from a BOTOX COSMETIC® treatment take 5-7 days to appear. When they do, the face will look smoother and brighter, and patients will feel rejuvenated by their fresh appearance.
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- Average Cost
- $240 - $800
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 weeks
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How Safe Is It?
When administered properly, BOTOX COSMETIC® rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. BOTOX COSMETIC® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It is safe and effective, and approved by the FDA.BOTOX COSMETIC® is also used to treat other medical conditions such as squints, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking and migraines.
There is an ongoing trend where people who wish to have BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments will gather together and administer the BOTOX doses themselves called ‘BOTOX cocktail parties’. This is very risky. BOTOX COSMETIC®, when administered incorrectly, may paralyze unintended muscles that can result in an abnormal facial appearance. BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments should be done in a medical setting with an experienced, skilled injector.
Same As BOTOX?
In recent years, BOTOX COSMETIC® has seen some competition as other drugs have been approved by the FDA and introduced to the aesthetic market. Dysport and Xeomin are muscle relaxers similar to BOTOX. Each has its specific trending function that can be addressed during the initial consultation. Sometimes, a combination of the drugs is used to treat various areas. For example, BOTOX COSMETIC® for frown lines, and Dysport for crow’s feet.
Are Fillers Better?
BOTOX COSMETIC® and fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments with the ability to decrease wrinkles and smoothen facial areas. The difference with each is the way the substances function to create the rejuvenating effect. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. BOTOX, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles underneath the skin so that the muscles cannot contract, allowing a softer effect on the surface. It is very common for patients to undergo treatment using both a muscle relaxer and an injectable filler to attain optimal results.
Today, practitioners are treating patients of all ages with BOTOX. For some individuals, for example those as young as 30, BOTOX is considered a preventative way to prevent facial wrinkles. For others (i.e. 40 years old and older), it is a rejuvenation effort to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Older individuals (55 and up) will still receive great benefit from having BOTOX injections, but for some, a facelift technique might be a better option to consider.
How Long Does It Last?
A BOTOX COSMETIC® injection will last between 3-4 months. The treatment can be repeated every three to four months BOTOX COSMETIC® is an effective, easy and safe way to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Patients consider it a part of their normal beauty routine.