Netflix, Coke, and …. BOTOX®. Words that are easily understood substitutes for broad categories and have become common in everyday usage. As the OG of neuromodulators, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed since the year of Y2K.
Facial expression is a natural and essential part of communication, but repeated use of certain muscles can leave permanent wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. Neuromodulators, of which BOTOX® Cosmetic has the most name recognition, temporarily inactivate those muscles to smooth the lines in your face. Dysport® represents another effective neuromodulator and an alternative treatment option.
Although this is the most commonly performed procedure in the United States, it is important to ensure your procedure is performed by a provider who is well versed in facial anatomy and skilled as an injector. Although rare, complications can occur, and at Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we feel it is of the utmost importance to entrust your care to our certified and experienced injectors.
The Best Candidates
- Have a permanent scowl
- Have prominent forehead creases
- Have crow’s feet around the eyes
- Have downturned corners of the mouth
- Wish to reflect your inner positive self
- Are healthy and not taking blood thinning medications
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are the two most commonly injected neuromodulators approved for treatment of fine lines and wrinkles of the face. They are both offered at Restore SD Plastic Surgery. There are many effective uses for neuromodulators that are cost-effective means to facial rejuvenation and may postpone surgical intervention.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are well-researched, safe, and effective treatments for fine lines and wrinkles of the face. They may not be the right choice for every line and wrinkle – fillers, fat grafting, or laser skin tightening may be the primary solution for your facial rejuvenation concerns. These other non-surgical procedures, in addition to skin care, can also complement the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. Your Restore SD surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your areas of concern and partner with you to develop a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan that may include BOTOX® Cosmetic, skin care, laser, and filler.
On the day of your consultation, your Restore SD Plastic surgeon will review your facial anatomy, your concerns and goals for treatment to create a tailored approach to your facial rejuvenation plan. Once we have determined the areas to be treated and the amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic to use, we will apply a gentle cleanser and an antiseptic to the areas of injection. Ice packs can be applied before and after treatment to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Your provider will then inject the neuromodulator with a very small needle. Shortly after, you can re-apply makeup and go about your day. It typically takes 3 to 10 days before effects are seen.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed in the office setting and are generally repeated at regular intervals of 4 to 6 months. We can help you avoid hectic scheduling by setting up your next visit as you leave!
Pain from the injection is minimal and aside from an occasional small amount of bruising, return to daily activities is immediate. Most patients return at one week for a re-assessment after their first session to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan. Once you have an established plan with Restore SD Plastic Surgery, regular follow-ups for additional treatments can be scheduled every 4 to 6 months as part of a maintenance plan. Remember that it takes 3 to 10 days to see the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you have an important event or just want to freshen up, you should allow yourself enough time for the treatment to take effect and any subtle bruising to subside.
The Combined Procedures
BOTOX® Cosmetic complements other facial rejuvenation procedures to restore youth and vitality to your appearance. It is often combined with fillers such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, JUVÉDERM®, or Restylane® as well as laser skin rejuvenation. Need a new BFF? – use our BOTOX® Cosmetic, Filler, and Fractionate laser approach to thwart the aging process! The BFF approach will maximize your non-invasive facial rejuvenation results. Skin care is a vital foundation for every facial rejuvenation program. Your Restore SD team will make individualized recommendations for your skin type to ensure you have the healthiest and youngest appearing skin possible. Our medical grade skin care products are not available in retail stores and a complimentary skin care evaluation is offered at every Restore SD consultation.
- What happens at my BOTOX® Cosmetic consultation?
During your initial BOTOX® Cosmetic consultation, your Restore SD provider will perform a detailed facial and skin examination as well as review your medical history and any medications you are taking. You will have photos taken with our Vectra 3D imaging system and discuss treatment areas and options while viewing your photo series. This ensures you can address all areas of concern with your provider. With our state of the art Canfield software, potential results can be viewed, helping you to visualize possible outcomes. After a treatment plan is devised you will be able to receive treatment that day in the office.
- Is BOTOX® Cosmetic expensive?
Our pricing for BOTOX® Cosmetic reflects our years of experience and precise knowledge of the anatomy necessary to provide you with a safe, reliable, and consistent experience. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery we believe in safety, training and proper credentials for every injector. This ensures that your cost is minimized by strategic use to create a natural result. We also stand by our products, and the cost reflects the use of genuine product obtained from US manufacturers. We will not sacrifice the safety of our patients by cost-cutting measures such as counterfeit BOTOX® Cosmetic, over-diluted BOTOX® Cosmetic, or a product that is obtained overseas.
- Will BOTOX® Cosmetic injections hurt?
Your comfort is our top priority at Restore SD Plastic Surgery! Rest assured that most patients report the discomfort from BOTOX® Cosmetic injections as being very minimal. Your treatment will take place in a calming environment and you will be provided with a cooling pack for the treatment areas before and after the injections to minimize any pain or bruising.
- Why should I choose Restore SD for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Getting BOTOX® Cosmetic from a provider who took a weekend course and wants to make a quick buck may seem cheaper, but you may not be getting authentic BOTOX® Cosmetic and your provider may not be well versed in anatomy or able to take care of any complications. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we take the time to listen to your goals and partner with you to achieve the best possible results. We stand by our products and our experience. Allow us to deliver a safe, quality, and age appropriate facial rejuvenation that will leave you looking and feeling younger and more self-confident.
- I am considering BOTOX® Cosmetic for the first time – what do I need to know?
Treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic is a wonderful way to look and feel younger and is maximized by being combined with an individualized skin care program. If you are getting BOTOX® Cosmetic for the first time, it is important to know that you won’t see the results right away. It can take several days to a week see the effects. For our first-time patients, we recommend that you come back to the office in a week to assess your result and see if there are any little areas that need touching up to optimize your results. Finding the right balance of dosage, frequency of treatment, and treatment areas can take a couple of visits as part of your ongoing maintenance plan. Become a member of our patient loyalty program and get the inside scoop on special offers and priority scheduling.
- How long do the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
Four to six months. Some of our patients swear that either BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® works better for them. We encourage you to try both as part of your ongoing maintenance plan and see if you notice a difference. Both neuromodulators are comparably priced so you don’t need to worry about changing products to manage cost.
- What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
Both are purified Botulinum toxin – type A. Both are effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles. They are made by different manufactures and sold by different companies – the Coke and Pepsi of neuromodulators.
- I had it done last week and I think I need more to get my desired look?
By all means, come in to the office and let us have a look. Your result and happiness are important to us and finding the right balance of dosage, frequency of treatment, and treatment areas can take a couple of visits as part of your ongoing maintenance plan. Become a member of our patient loyalty program and get the inside scoop on special offers and priority scheduling.