Botox treatments have risen to become one of the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed today. Botox can be used to remove dynamic wrinkles primarily in the upper face but can be used elsewhere and for many different conditions such as migraines, cervical dystonias, and back pain. The FDA indication for Botox is limited to elimination of lines in the glabellar region, area between the eyebrows, as well as for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Botox is botulinum toxin, and while that name evokes a certain amount of apprehension, it is a purified protein whose safety and effectiveness has been well studies.
It is important to understand where Botox is truly effective. Dynamic wrinkles or lines are formed with muscle expression. Botox relaxes the muscles that are responsible for creating these lines for a period of 3 to 5 months on average. Botox may help soften the static lines or wrinkles that are present with muscles expression but will not completely remove them. Many people are also starting to utilize Botox in their 20s and 30s as prevention for the formation of the etched in lines and wrinkles. Other habits such as utilization of sunscreen and avoidance of smoking will also help delay premature signs of aging.
Today, there is also an alternative called Dysport. Remember, these are both essentially different forms of the same product. Botox injections can be performed in as little as 5 to 10 minutes. There are certain conditions which are a contraindication to getting Botox such as pregnancy, breast feeding, neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis, or those people with a prior sensitivity or allergy to the Botox preparation.
While Botox is very safe, there are certain risks one needs to be aware of prior to getting Botox. The most common side effects include tiny red bumps at the site of injection and bruising, both of which are temporary. More serious side effects such as droopy eyelids, infection, double vision, and difficulty breathing and swallowing are potential side effects but are both uncommon and temporary. Droopy eyelids usually result from technique rather than the product itself. Some people can experience headaches or flu like symptoms for several days following Botox injections however most people experience an improvement in headaches (although this is not the primary purpose).
Botox is used primarily in the face to remove lines and wrinkles on the face and can you a more refreshed, rejuvenated look. It can be used for glabellar lines, crow's feet, forehead lines as well as for rejuvenation of the lips and lower face. The injections are quick and feel like tiny pinpricks and do not require any form of anesthesia. Immediately after the injections you may experience tiny red bumps which resolved after several hours but may last a few days. The results of Botox are not apparent until the fourth or fifth day but may not take full effects until a 1 week to 10 days.
Cost of Botox in New Jersey ranges from $10/unit to $20 per unit. Expect to pay more based on the expertise and popularity of the physicians. Be wary of non-medical professionals wanting to inject Botox and avoid settings such as Botox parties as this should be a decision made between you and your healthcare professional. At Ethos Spa, Skin and Laser Center we charge $14/unit. There is never any sitting fee and we let you know exactly how many units we have injected. Typical costs range anywhere from $200 to over $1000 depending on the number of units and locations you get the injections performed.
You can find more information about Botox at botoxwrinklesnj.com or you can schedule your complimentary consultation by calling 908-273-5400. You can also visit our website for Ethos Spa, Skin and Laser Center
Dr. Hardik Soni is the owner of Ethos Spa in Summit, New Jersey.
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