Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
Botox® is a synthetic pharmacy-grade medication that is used in very small controlled safe doses for wrinkle removal and cosmetic anti-aging skin rejuvenation. Botox® removes frown lines, crow’s feet, and worry lines. Botox® is a protein called Botulinum toxin A or Onabotulinumtoxin.
When we frown, worry, purse our lips or squint our eyes the muscles that cause these facial expressions pull on the skin and create lines or wrinkles on the face. Botox® cosmetic relaxes these muscles so that the muscles do not pull as hard on the skin and the temporary lines or wrinkles go away.
Botox® is safe if administered according to the recommended directions in the Botox® package insert using approved dosage in international units, by a physician who is trained and experienced with Botox® injections. Botox® is not safe for patients with certain neuromuscular diseases and other chronic illnesses that are listed as precautions in the prescribing information.
Realself.com lists the average price of a treatment in Boston at $695. We give special discounts on birthdays and frequently run special discounts.
Botox® injections should be nearly painless when topical numbing cream and ice are applied prior to injection.
We carefully explain the Botox® procedure and give you informed consent. The skin is cleansed and topical anesthetic is applied. Just before injection we apply cold which numbs the skin and prevents bruising.
In most cases you will look perfectly normal after a Botox® injection. You may have a little pink discoloration of the skin from the cold therapy but this is temporary. In some rare cases there can be bruising around the corner of the eyes.
No. After Botox® injection you look like yourself. The improvement you see in your face will be obvious to you looking in the mirror; however friends, coworkers, and casual acquaintances are not going to see the difference. Botox® treatment should leave you looking like yourself just rested not frowning and with fewer facial lines or wrinkles.
The full effect of Botox® takes about 4 weeks to develop. Most patients see improvement within 24 hours but this improvement continues to increase.
On average people who want to maintain their Botox® effect return every 3-4 months. Botox® effect can last 6-9 months in some people.
Patients with neuromuscular disease such as ALS and other paralytic diseases should not have Botox®. There are also chronic medical illnesses which contraindicate Botox® or require a decreased dose, so be sure to discuss any illness you have with your physician before you have Botox®. Pregnant or nursing women should not have Botox®.
Only a trained physician should do your Botox® injection. I know there are “nurse injectors” who do Botox® injections in some practices. However, in our practice at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists, physicians do the Botox® injections.
Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging skin care treatments available at our Boston practice. If you have been looking for a cosmetic boost, but are weary of surgical treatments, consider our non-surgical anti-aging skin care options, such as Botox®. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.