What is Botox?

Botox, a purified, diluted form of botulinum toxin type A, is a protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Botox treatments are non-surgical procedures used to reduce or soften the deep lines around the eyes or forehead. The procedure is performed easily and safely with a few injections of very low doses of Botox that relax the muscles that cause the deep lines to form. Botox is FDA approved in over 75 countries and studied therapeutically for 20 years.

How does Botox work?

Normally, the brain sends electrochemical messages to the body's muscles to make them move. These messages are transmitted from a nerve to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. Botox works by blocking acetylcholine to the facial muscles responsible for the development of dynamic lines. Following a Botox injection, the muscles gradually become relaxed allowing the overlying skin to appear smooth and unwrinkled.

Does it hurt?

Botox injections have minimal discomfort, the needle is very small and the procedure takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I've had work done?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.

When will I see BOTOX® results?

You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.

Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?

Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow's feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014 were on men—that is more than 1 million cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased by 273% from 1997 to 2014.

What are other uses for Botox?

Botox has been proven to alleviate over-active sweat grands in the axillary area. Please consult your provider for more information.

Who should not receive BOTOX®

While most people aged 18 to 65 are excellent candidates for BOTOX® and wrinkle relaxers, you should not use BOTOX® if you meet any of the following:
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Have a skin infection or other condition in the area to be treated
Are allergic to any ingredients in BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, or any other botulinum toxin brand
Have had facial surgery
Have difficulty swallowing
Have weakness in your forehead muscles
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If you have any concerns as to whether or not you may be a good candidate, one of our consultants will be happy to answer any questions you may have. With any medical procedures, it is best to discuss the procedure with your provider before starting treatment.

How much Botox do I need?

There is not a set amount of Botox needed per person, everyone is different and the amount used will depend upon your wants and your wallet. Discuss with your provider how much you can spend and what your areas of concern are. For hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), approximately 50 units per underarm are used.

What does a "BOTOX® unit" really mean?

BOTOX® targets dynamic wrinkles—those formed by repeated muscle movements that make our facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve signals to a specific muscle, thus preventing the wrinkle-making muscle from moving. BOTOX® is measured in "units" based on strength. This unit is unique to BOTOX®; you cannot compare 1 BOTOX® unit to the measurement used for any other product. One unit is the amount of BOTOX® it takes to achieve a specific level of blockade of the nerve responsible for muscle contraction.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm injectable gel is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has been FDA approved and is proven to be safe and effective for all skin colors. Juvederm is injected into the mid to deep dermis for correction of medium to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Side effects are usually mild to moderate and include temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps. The injection process takes about 45 minutes and results are immediate, and there's virtually no down time. Dermal fillers are a quick, comfortable, and easy way to achieve immediate results when desiring a more youthful appearance.

How do I know which Dermal Filler is right for me?

Dermal Filler treatments are unique and tailored to each individual. Upon evaluation with one of our specialists, we will determine which Dermal Filler is best for you to give you your desired results.

How do they work?

By introducing a hyaluronic acid under the skin, volume which has been lost through ageing will re-appear creating a smoother, youthful appearance. The hyaluronic acid will attract water to it further bringing hydration to the area leading to fresh, revitalized skin.

What areas can dermal fillers treat?

Who can't have Dermal Filler Injections?

Anyone with a previous allergic reaction to a Dermal Filler or someone with a allergy to Lidocain (often added to fillers for the comfort of client). Pregnant or breast feeding mothers are also contraindicated to treatment.

What should I do after treatment?

Following your treatment you can expect some local swelling and maybe bruising, a cold compress may help ease this, and arnica cream may be recommended to encourage the bruise to come out. It is often asked that you avoid any vigorous exercise or sun exposure for 24-48hrs. Some medications may be better avoided to ensure optimum healing too. All this information will be given to you in more detail both verbally and in writing during your treatment.

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