Published on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 12: 00am
Botox first gained FDA-approval in 2002 for use of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
Since that time, it has become a leading anti-aging treatment and one of the most requested cosmetic procedures for its ability to relax wrinkles and produce smoother skin.
In fact, many women and men consider Botox to be an essential part of their beauty routine and credit it for their refreshed and youthful appearance.
However, even if Botox has not worked its way into their skincare regimen, most patients admit to considering having injections or are at least curious about its use and benefits.
So, is Botox right for you? Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin and is used to deactivate targeted muscles and glands.
It has wide-reaching cosmetic and medical uses and is most commonly known for diminishing forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
While the price of Botox can vary based on geographic location and provider expertise, the national average is $550 per procedure. The cost may be calculated according to the amount of Botox administered and is typically $10-20 per unit.
How to Choose the Right Provider?
Individuals considering Botox should take care to do extensive research before selecting an injector and ensure that they are being treated by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
The provider should routinely perform Botox injections and have the skill and experience to provide safe and effective results.
Patients should also resist seeking the least expensive option because a qualified injector is the most essential component of a successful Botox treatment.
How to Prep for Treatment?
A thorough consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is the first step to undergoing Botox injections. He or she will develop a customized treatment plan and explain the benefits, risks, and expected outcomes.
It’s also recommended that patients discontinue use of aspirin and other blood-thinning medications 1-2 weeks prior to their appointment.
What to Expect From Botox Recovery?
Botox requires zero-downtime, and all normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Nevertheless, patients should avoid lying down for at least four hours post-procedure and forego intensive exercise for up to one day.
Additionally, abstain from rubbing the face for 12 hours to prevent product migration.
To learn more about Botox, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.