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Botox FAQ

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a groundbreaking non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedure, in which a natural, purified protein is injected into different areas of the face to diminish forehead creases, crows feet, frown lines, neck creases, and eyelid wrinkles.

Due to its amazing results and low risk of side effects, Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure sought by Americans. Over one million Botox procedures are performed each year in the US.

Who is the ideal candidate for BOTOX?

The best candidates for BOTOX are men and women between the ages of 18 to 65 who want to erase the tough frown lines and deep wrinkles on their face and neck to achieve the appearance of a more youthful, smoother complexion.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX is injected in small doses into different areas of the face to temporarily paralyze the overactive wrinkle-forming muscle tissues. The protein blocks the transmission of nerve impulses allowing the overactive muscles to relax. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Pain and discomfort are minimal. Some doctors will use an anesthetic ointment or an ice pack to numb the area prior to injection.

What is the recovery period for BOTOX?

BOTOX procedures are fast and effective. There is little to no recovery time and patients can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Results begin to appear several days after the injections.

How long do the results of BOTOX last?

BOTOX treatments may last up to four months. It is recommended that repeat injections be administered every three to four months to maintain a smooth, youthful appearance.

What are the risks associated with BOTOX?
Some possible side effects of BOTOX treatment may include headaches, respiratory infection, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. BOTOX should not be administered if there is an infection in the injection area. In rare cases, BOTOX may cause the formation of antibodies that can decrease the effectiveness of the procedure.

How much does BOTOX cost?

BOTOX is considered a cosmetic procedure performed primarily for aesthetic purposes. The procedure is generally not covered by insurance unless there is a medical purpose for the treatment, such as treatment for cerebral palsy. The average cost of BOTOX in the U.S. is $400, but the prices range considerably based on a number of factors including the geographical location, a patient's aesthetic goals, and who administers the injections. BOTOX costs can range anywhere from $200 to $1,000 per treatment session.

Who should perform my BOTOX procedure?

Because BOTOX procedures are so popular, a number of unlicensed or unqualified facilities offer these treatments. However, to reduce the risk of adverse side effects, it is important that your BOTOX injections are administered by a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Please contact us today to consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon near you.