What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic and DYSPORT® are neuromodulators that can dramatically reduce facial lines caused by overactive muscles. They are highly safe and effective non-surgical procedures, with minimal side effects. BOTOX® Cosmetic is derived from bacteria that have been purified for use in humans.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic weakens the muscle and is used to treat “frown lines” which are sometimes called “worry lines” or “scowl lines”. These are the lines in the forehead seen between the eyes and on the bridge of the nose.
BOTOX® can also be used for “raising the arch of the eyebrows, and treating“crow’s feet” and forehead wrinkles.
Dr Joseph also uses Botox to treat the “gummy smile”, migraine headaches, bruxism, (tooth grinding), TMJ and some facial pain syndromes. BOTOX® is now for more than just treating wrinkles. For example, the face can be “sculpted” by raising or lowering eyebrows to enhance your look. BOTOX® and DYSPORT® treatments are excellent to compliment procedures for overall facial rejuvenation. They can be used alone or in combination with facial fillers and skin care home treatments to laser resurfacing. The number of applications is ever increasing.
Dr Joseph has extensive experience with Botox®, having used it since 1998. Many patients choose our practice for the fact that Dr Joseph performs all the injections. Injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Volbella are a large part of our practice,and make people look and feel better without invasive surgery. This is a great option for those patients who do not want or need surgery.
Before and After Botox Photographs
Select a patient below to view more detailed pictures and information about BOTOX® and DYSPORT® procedures performed by Dr. Joseph.
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BOTOX® Browlift: BOTOX® can also be used to raise your eyebrows to create a more pleasing shape and even mimic a browlift without surgery (see photos above, these patients had no surgery, only treatment with BOTOX®)
Is Botox safe?
BOTOX® Onabotulinum toxin, and DYSPORT® Abobotulinum toxin are a naturally occurring purified proteins that block the muscles from contracting. They only affect the area where they are placed. Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections can reduce the signs of aging by reducing the muscle activity and wrinkles of the eyebrow and forehead. The reduction of frown lines is especially effective. BOTOX® has been used safely for over 20 years and has been FDA approved for facial wrinkles since 2002.
Why use Botox or Dysport?
Dynamic facial wrinkles are caused by contractions of the muscles of the face every time you express emotions. The more expressive you are, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be. These lines may be misinterpreted as anger, anxiety, fatigue and, of course, aging. Fillers and surgical procedures such as brow-lift and eyelid lift can tighten the skin and muscles around these lines, but do not address the underlying muscle pull, which eventually deepens the facial wrinkles. So for dynamic facial lines from overactive muscles of the upper face, BOTOX® or DYSPORT® is usually the best treatment.
How are Botox and Dysport Given?
The treatment takes 10 minutes and we use the tiniest needles available therefore Botox® and Dysport® treatments typically have minimal discomfort. The number of injections varies with the degree of wrinkling. You may return to normal activities immediately. Many patients receive BOTOX® Cosmetic injections on their lunch hour and return to work. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are noticeable within 5-7 days and the effect lasts an average of 3-4 months. Patients may wish to repeat BOTOX® or DYSPORT® treatments when it fully wears off. However, if the face is re-treated as soon as the muscles start to move, the facial muscles never regain their “memory. Some evidence shows that after several repeated injections, the effects may last longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who performs the injection in our office? – Dr. Joseph personally performs 100% of all Botox treatments.
- How long does it take? – The first visit is usually 30-60 minutes to evaluate your individual need. Repeat visits are usually 10-15 minutes.
- How soon will I see the results? – The results usually begin within 5-7 days
- How long does it last? – Botox and Dysport will usually last 90-120 days.
- How much does Botox cost? – Some offices charge a flat fee per treatment. Our office charges by the number of units necessary to get the best result. Some offices and spas offer occasional discounts of Botox, however, in many offices, nurses, interns or other staff performs the injections. Please call our office to get the current price per unit.