Getting older doesn’t mean having to look older. As we age, lines, folds, and wrinkles develop from the repeated facial movements and expressions we make every day. In youth, our skin’s elasticity helps keep our faces smooth and wrinkle-free but over time that elasticity fades and the lines and wrinkles become more prominent and permanent. However, with BOTOX® Cosmetic, you can turn back the clock and temporarily erase the signs of aging for a rejuvenated appearance.
At our practice, every BOTOX® Cosmetic injection is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue, so you can be confident you have chosen an experienced, highly-skilled BOTOX® Cosmetic provider. This injectable restores youthfulness by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’d like to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and how it can help you, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 561-886-1002 to schedule a consultation. We proudly welcome those who live in the Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach areas of South Florida.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable form of botulinum toxin that works by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles responsible for creating certain fine lines and wrinkles on the face. After injection, the muscle is paralyzed for 4 to 6 months resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin.
BOTOX® Cosmetic primarily treats the following types of wrinkles:
- Glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Crow's feet (fine creases at the outer corners of the eyes)
- Horizontal lines across the forehead
- Bunny lines (small lines of the upper nose)
BOTOX® Cosmetic is different from injectable fillers like Juvederm®, which smooth wrinkles by filling them in. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a wrinkle relaxer which corrects creases formed not by volume loss, but by the repeated contractions of facial muscles.
When you visit Dr. Bogue for your injection appointment, the treatment area is iced to numb any potential discomfort. He then makes a series of small injections based on your desired results. After your appointment, it will take about 3-7 days before you see the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. Dr. Bogue provides a complimentary touch-up after 1 week so that you can get perfect, symmetrical results.
What are the Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Patients love BOTOX® Cosmetic because of the following characteristics of the injectable:
- Little to no downtime
- Results last 4-6 months
- Results can be easily maintained
- Injections take only several minutes to administer
Most people go back to work or other daily activities right away. You may see redness at the injection site, but it should begin to dissipate an hour or so after your appointment.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Safety
BOTOX® Cosmetic is consistently one of the most requested and performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S since its initial approval by the FDA in 2002. It’s also one of the safest treatments available. Millions of men and women undergo this treatment each year as it’s significantly less risky than other more invasive facial surgical options. BOTOX® Cosmetic is intended for adults aged 18 to 65.
While BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the safest cosmetic treatments side-effects, while rare, are possible. Any side-effects associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic are generally minor and temporary. Possible side-effects include:
- Minor redness at injection site
- Mild swelling at injection site
- Allergic reaction to product
- Minor headache
- Temporary muscle laxity in injection site
- Minor nausea
Dr. Bogue will go over all points of the treatment, including any side-effects, during your consultation. As with any plastic surgery procedure, he’ll perform a detailed assessment of your current health as well as your medical history to ensure BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective treatment for your facial rejuvenation goals.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
Results may be seen in as little as one week and generally last up to six months per treatment. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bogue can safely perform BOTOX® Cosmetic injections every three to six months, or if you feel like you could use a touch-up and Dr. Bogue has determined it’s safe.
The most important thing regarding BOTOX® Cosmetic is that it should only be performed by an experienced professional. It’s possible to improperly inject BOTOX® Cosmetic and having a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Bogue perform this treatment will help you see the best possible results.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Cost?
At the practice of Dr. David Bogue, we believe that BOTOX® Cosmetic is like any plastic surgical procedure—you’re paying for results, not for units. Our fee for this injectable is $700, which covers the injection of all areas and touch-ups at 1 week.
Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX Injections?
BOTOX® only works on wrinkles that form due to muscle contractions beneath the skin. These are known as dynamic wrinkles, and they form on the upper third of the face. BOTOX® works on crow’s feet at the outsides of your eyes, the 11s between your eyebrows, and on forehead lines. If you want to address wrinkles on the upper third of the face, BOTOX® is the answer. If your wrinkles are due to volume loss or sun damage, dermal fillers are the way to go.
How is BOTOX Different from Dermal Fillers?
BOTOX® works on what are known as “dynamic wrinkles.” These wrinkles form on the upper third of the face when we make certain expressions, such as showing surprise, frowning, squinting, and the like. If you make one of those expressions, you can feel the muscles around the eyes, on the brows, and on the forehead engage. Over time, as our skin thins, these contractions begin to form wrinkles on the surface skin above the muscle. These are dynamic wrinkles. When injected into the muscle forming the wrinkle BOTOX® erases the wrinkle by keeping the muscle from contracting.
Dermal fillers work entirely differently. They are injected beneath a wrinkle, crease, or area of volume loss and they simply “fill” in the space, pushing the depressed skin back upward. The most popular dermal fillers, Juvéderm® and Restylane, ® are made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin and is responsible for plumping and hydrating the skin. Dermal fillers work on wrinkles caused by sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits, and environmental factors. These are known as static wrinkles, and once the skin is damaged, they show themselves at all times.
Dermal fillers have no effect on dynamic wrinkles, and BOTOX® has no effect on static wrinkles.
What Is Botulinum Toxin Type A?
BOTOX® is basically made from the botulinum toxin type A along with some additional proteins. The bacteria in botulinum toxin are the same bacteria that cause botulism, which sounds scary, but it’s not. Back in the 1950s research scientists discovered that when injected in very minute amounts into a muscle the botulinum toxin caused that muscle to temporarily stop contracting. It does this by blocking the nerve messages sent to the brain. By blocking the message, the brain never receives the signal to contract the muscle, so the muscle stays at rest.
This led directly to the development of BOTOX®, which received its first FDA approval for treatment of involuntary eyelid spasms.
Are BOTOX Injections Painful?
Dr. Bogue injects BOTOX® with a very tiny needle, and he doesn’t need to inject the neuromodulator very deeply. Because of that, patients equate the feeling of BOTOX® injections to that of a pinprick. Still, if you’d like to have topical numbing cream applied prior to your session, we can do that. It just adds time to your appointment to let the anesthetic numb the areas.
What Areas Can Be Treated with BOTOX?
People think BOTOX® can be used on any wrinkle, but as mentioned above, the wrinkles need to be a result of a muscle contraction under the skin. These wrinkles form on the expressive area of the face, the upper third. That is where the FDA approved cosmetic use of BOTOX®. When you make an expression, such as frowning or showing surprise, it engages muscles around your eyes and on your forehead. As we age, repeating these contractions hundreds of thousands of times begins to form wrinkles on the surface skin. BOTOX® blocks the nerve messages sent to the brain to contract these muscles, so the muscles stay at rest and the wrinkles never form.
BOTOX® works on:
- Crow’s feet
- The 11s between the brows
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines on the upper nose
When Will I See Results from BOTOX?
BOTOX® doesn’t provide immediate results. It takes about four days for BOTOX® to block the nerve messages and stop the muscle from contracting. From there, BOTOX® erases wrinkles for up to six months. At that point, the body will begin to absorb the now-inert botulinum toxin and the targeted muscles will begin to contract again, re-forming the wrinkles.
Is There Any Recovery after BOTOX Injections?
There isn’t any recovery. That’s why BOTOX® was deemed to be the original “lunchtime treatment,” when it first came into the aesthetic world in 2002. Patients can come in for their BOTOX® session during a lunch break, have their BOTOX injections, and immediately go right back to work or their other normal activities.
The only thing to avoid after having BOTOX® injections is to not rub the injection sites for 24 hours. This lets the BOTOX® settle into place and keeps it from being pushed to an unintended muscle.
Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
If you want to reverse the signs of aging and want to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, please call us today at 561-886-1000 to schedule a consultation. BOTOX® injections can most often be administered during the same appointment as your consultation. We are located in Boca Raton and are proud to serve people from across Florida, including West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.