Everything You Need to Know About BOTOX®

botox_BOTOX® is the most popular, FDA-approved cosmetic procedure in America. As a non-invasive treatment that has been around for almost four decades, BOTOX® is known for its safety, as well as its extremely high rate of satisfaction in clients. With over 6.3 million BOTOX® injections done every year, our team here at CARE Plastic Surgery in the Triangle region of North Carolina decided it was time to share with you everything you need to know about BOTOX® and it’s cosmetic uses.

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a purified protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which decreases muscle contraction in the face that causes those pesky lines and wrinkles that develop with time. This procedure is non-invasive and is a great way for both men and women to invest in their appearance – offering a more refreshed and youthful look.

How Was BOTOX® Invented?

BOTOX® was invented almost forty years ago, but it was initially created for Ophthalmology purposes to help combat spasms of the eyelid that cause rapid and uncontrollable blinking. As an accidental discovery, Ophthalmologists also noticed that the wrinkles around their patient’s eyes were diminishing as well. From there, the FDA approved the injection for therapeutic reasons, and finally, the aesthetic purposes we see it used for today!

How safe is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is the most researched and studied FDA-approved and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. While this injection is incredibly safe, you will want to do some research to find a provider that has years of experience applying BOTOX®, has a good reputation, is Board certified, and up-to-date on their credentials. By doing this, you can ensure that you get the best results possible for you.

How is a BOTOX® Treatment Preformed?

BOTOX® is a few small injections by needle, directly to the area you want to see changes in. Because it is a needle injection, you may feel a slight pinching sensation that has been described as a feeling similar to getting tweezed. If you are someone who is extremely sensitive to pain, there are topical numbing creams available.

Where Can I Get BOTOX® on My Body?

BOTOX® is typically used to fight brow lines, forehead wrinkles, and lateral canthal lines (more commonly known as crow’s feet) around the eyes. However, there are some instances where it is also used to help control or combat excessive sweating in the armpits.

What is the Downtime with BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is often called the drive-thru treatment because it requires little time away from work or home. In fact, many patients have the procedure done during a lunch hour and are able get back to work without a problem. Most patients notice an improvement within a few days in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Often the treatment will last 3-4 months and results vary.

Does BOTOX® Have Side Effects?

Like every drug, BOTOX® too has its side effects. However, these side effects tend to be very rare (especially with experienced providers) and are minor and temporary. In one to five percent of cases, there can be slight bruising, or droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow can occur, both of which usually go away within two week’s time.

What Are Some Signs of a Good Provider for my BOTOX®?

Beyond being experienced, board certified, and up-to-date on their credentials, you will want to look for providers that are genuine about their practice and care about your needs and questions.  As you meet with a variety of providers notice if they are they asking questions about your medical history? Are they offering you a mirror and asking you to show where you would like to see changes? Are they answering all of your questions without hesitation or evasive behavior? These are all signs of a good provider to consider moving forward with.

What are the Costs of BOTOX®?

Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures are not paid for by medical insurance. However, at CARE, our patients are offered several different financing options, including; Care Credit, Aphaeon Credit and Medical Financing. Our plans range from as few as 6 months, to 60 months, and beyond. To learn more about our particular plans and pricing packages, please visit our website.

Have you been considering BOTOX® for those pesky forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet? Schedule a complimentary facial consultation with Dr. Coan today! Dr. Coan will help determine if BOTOX® is the right procedure for you, call us at 919.484.4884.

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