What is Botox® Cosmetic?
So what is the hype all about? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein that has been used for medical conditions for over 90 years, and was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use over 20 years ago. Although there are many false misconceptions about its safety, BOTOX® has an extremely safe profile both for medical and cosmetic use. It is a purified protein made from bacteria, no different from an antibiotic, and it is used in very small amounts to produce muscle relaxation. This effect, depending on where it is placed, can create a smoothing effect on lines and wrinkles, achieving a rested and more youthful look.
What Should I Expect with My Botox® Cosmetic Treatment?
Treatments are performed in the office, and there is no downtime. While the most common side effects are mild bruising and swelling, choosing an experienced injector, and icing the area immediately after treatment can prevent these. Results can initially be seen as early as three days, with full effects visible around the 7th day after treatment.
The most important factor in your results will be your injector. While BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic treatment performed, an intricate understanding of facial anatomy, a sensible sense of aesthetics, and experience will determine the difference between achieving a rested, rejuvenated appearance, or an angry cartoon reproduction of yourself.
No anesthesia is required, although Dr. Siegel may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. You can expect to be in and out of Dr. Siegel’s office without downtime. You may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows within days. Improvement may continue for as long as a month, and could last up to 4 months.
How Long Does Botox® Cosmetic Last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic results will last depending on how the provider prepares the BOTOX® Cosmetic solution. Botox ® Cosmetic is actually an ice crystal In order to infuse the tiny amounts of BOTOX® Cosmetic to the desired area, it needs to be converted from ice to liquid. This is achieved by mixing it with sterile water (saline). If excess saline is used, BOTOX® Cosmetic will be diluted, shortening its longevity and effect. Depending on its preparation, results with BOTOX® Cosmetic can range between two to 6 months.
How Much is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Since the BOTOX® Cosmetic needs to be liquefied, and different providers will use different amounts of saline, the only constant way to determine how much is used, or how much BOTOX® Cosmetic is in the solution, is to use the unit measurement.
With this system, we know how much actual active BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used, as opposed to how much volume was injected. A large volume with a low concentration of BOTOX® Cosmetic will result in a watered-down preparation, shortening the results, and making your visits more frequent
In the Houston area BOTOX® Cosmetic will range in price per unit from about $9.00 to $15.00. If you see anything below this, be skeptical about the product quality. Anything above $17.00 is excessive in our opinion. The number of units, just like the concentration, will vary by the area applied, and by the provider’s experience.
What Results Can I Expect?
BOTOX® Cosmetic results will be different depending on who is performing the treatment. While there are many providers with different levels of expertise and experience providing BOTOX® Cosmetic, the results achieved, the longevity, and the consistency of treatments will be based mainly on the expertise of the injector. Dr. Siegel is a member of the BOTOX® Cosmetic Network in Houston.
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