BOTOX® cosmetic is onabotulinumtoxinA and is formulated from purified proteins produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 for cosmetic treatment of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles and has been proven effective and safe when used as indicated. Common injection points target muscles in the forehead, brows, and crow’s feet, as well as, other areas that cause repetitive movement creating lines and wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does BOTOX® cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Our licensed medical professional will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity.
Will BOTOX® cosmetic make me look like I have had work done?
You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy like the licensed medical professionals at The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa. It is important to talk to our licensed medical professionals about the results you want from your treatment.
Does BOTOX® cosmetic treatment hurt?
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your licensed medical professional may use ice to numb the treatment area or may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment if you are concerned about discomfort.
How many injections will I receive?
A licensed medical professional will talk to you about the results you expect to achieve and make recommendations based on the severity of your crow’s feet or frown lines. Typical injection amounts vary for each person depending on muscle strength and size. The 3 main areas injected are the forehead, in between the brows and crow’s feet. forehead: 3-8 injections (6-15 units) brows: 3-5 injections (6-20 units) crow’s feet: 1-4 injections (2-10 units each side) It would not be uncommon for a patient to need 20 to 30 units of BOTOX® in a treatment session.
How long is the recovery time after my treatment?
After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and a licensed medical professional may give you specific aftercare instructions.
When will I see results?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
What were the common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet studies. For other possible side effects please go to www.botoxcosmetic.com and talk to our on-staff licensed medical professionals.
How long does the treatment take?
A licensed medical professional will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.
Do men receive BOTOX® cosmetic treatments?
Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
What is the average treatment cost?
Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. Be wary of discount products or “cheap” BOTOX® Cosmetic—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
How can I save on treatment?
You can enroll in the Brilliant Distinctions® Rewards Program at The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa to save money on BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. You earn points on each BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment that you can redeem for savings on future treatments.
Information and pictures courtesy of botoxcosmetic.com. BOTOX® is a product of Allergan™.
*VISTABEL® outside of North America. • †Data collected through June 2014. • Information from www.botoxcosmetic.com