Botox® in Tampa & Jacksonville, FL
PureSculpting Aesthetic Centers are proud to provide Botox® cosmetic treatments to patients in the Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida, areas. If you’re wondering what to expect with Botox® treatment, read this guide to make sure that your questions about Botox® are answered.
What Is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® is an injectable cosmetic treatment for a variety of facial issues such as frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other facial wrinkles. The injectable is made from a strain of botulinum toxin that has been approved for this kind of application.
Botox® targets the underlying facial muscles beneath the skin that result in frown lines. An injection of Botox® will temporarily reduce the activity of these muscles, which results in a decrease of wrinkles. Botox® blocks the signals between the muscles and the nerves so that the muscle has decreased contraction. Because this relaxes the wrinkles and softens facial lines, Botox® is used most often on crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabella (brow lines).
Botox® is not able to help with changes caused by gravity or sun damage. Botox® can also be used to help with the position of the lips and brows (brow lift), as well as the chin area.
What Are the Most Common Reasons a Patient Wants BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Patients who desire facial rejuvenation to regain a youthful appearance often seek out Botox® as part of their treatment regimen. Botox® is an effective treatment for many types of facial lines. Botox® is a cosmetic treatment for facial skin and is not intended to be a treatment for any medical condition or disease.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox® Cosmetic?
Individuals who have noticed increased furrows on their face when they contract their facial muscles are good candidates for Botox®. For example, squinting causes the muscles around the eyes to contract, causing crow’s feet. This area is very effectively treated by Botox®.
How Is the Botox® Cosmetic Procedure Performed?
This simple office procedure usually takes just five to 10 minutes to perform, and no anesthetics are required. A very slim needle will inject the Botox® into the target muscles. You will be able to notice some changes within three to five days, with maximum effect achieved after seven to 10 days.
Patients should avoid the use of NSAIDs (Motrin), aspirin, and Tylenol for one to two weeks before the procedure is performed in order to reduce bruising risk. Patients are able to resume normal activities right after treatment.
What Are Realistic Expectations for Botox® Cosmetic?
It is realistic to expect the improvement of facial lines with motion within the treated areas. Botox® is also a very popular treatment for forehead lines. Individual results will vary, but the intention of Botox® is to provide a very natural look to facial appearance post-treatment.
How Long Does the BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment Last?
Botox® treatments typically last for approximately four months before a follow-up treatment is needed. The treated muscles will gradually start to contract, and wrinkles and lines will appear as the treatment wears off. Over time, the lines and wrinkles may appear to lessen as the muscles are trained to relax.
What Is the Cost of Botox®?
Treatment costs vary across providers. Some choose to charge per unit of Botox® used, while others charge based on the targeted areas of the face where the injectable is used. One unit of Botox® is about $20, and most facial treatment areas require between 20-60 units to complete. Because this varies from patient to patient, it is difficult to give a concrete answer about how much your procedure will cost.
What Are Alternative Treatments to Botox®?
Although Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®) is by far the most popular and widely known treatment for wrinkles, it is not the only alternative. Other injectables, such as Dysport and facial fillers like Juvaderm, can be used, along with facial exercise and massage, vitamins, acupuncture, facial creams, face patches, proper skincare, and chemical peels. Facial cosmetic surgery is also an effective option, but these procedures are invasive and have much longer recovery times than the other treatments listed.