What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
As one of the most widely-used methods of minimally invasive facial rejuvenation in the United States, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a frequently performed non-surgical cosmetic enhancement at the Orange County Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. BOTOX® injections are administered to diminish the appearance of mild to moderate facial wrinkles and can allow patients to achieve smoother, more youthful skin. The results of this popular treatment can be very natural-looking and are usually noticeable soon after injections. Furthermore, the outcomes achieved with BOTOX® Cosmetic have been shown to last up to six months, with touch-up treatments available to preserve the aesthetic result.
Our skilled facial plastic surgeon, Ali Sepehr, MD, personally administers BOTOX® Cosmetic and all cosmetic injections in our office to help ensure the highest level of patient care and safety. He will first examine the areas of concern and develop a customized treatment plan before performing the procedure. In most cases, the experience can be completed in as little as 15 minutes for little to no downtime.
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been the #1 most performed non-surgical procedure since becoming approved for cosmetic use in 2002.
For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sepehr, please contact us today.
- How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Candidates
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment
- Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Hurt?
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Recovery
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Complementary Treatments
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Cost
- Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to inhibit muscle motion in areas prone to dynamic wrinkling, which occurs with the formation of certain facial expressions. When these muscles repeatedly contract, deep wrinkles can develop in expressive areas, such as the brow and between the eyes. Derived from a form of the neurotoxin botulinum type-A, BOTOX® Cosmetic works by temporarily relaxing muscles in the treated area, thereby smoothing lines for a more youthful appearance.
Candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic
There are a combination of factors that can culminate to create an aged appearance, including pollution, sun exposure, genetic predisposition, fatigue, and repetitive contraction of facial muscles. These elements often result in premature wrinkling and the development of facial creases. BOTOX® Cosmetic is composed of an advanced formulation that can smooth lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the corners of the eyes for a more refreshed appearance. Patients who can benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic injections typically:
- Wish to smooth prominent creases, expression lines, and wrinkles in the upper face
- Seek to address their concerns with a non-surgical treatment
- Have no allergies to the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic
- Exhibit good overall health
BOTOX® Cosmetic is routinely used to address fine lines on the forehead and face, including crow’s feet, frown lines, brow furrows, and other areas. During your consultation, Dr. Sepehr will discuss your aesthetic goals and examine your anatomic needs to determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic can help you achieve your desired outcome. He will also perform all injections himself to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish.
How is BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment Performed?
When Dr. Sepehr performs the procedure, he will utilize an ultra-fine needle to deliver the solution into the areas of concern. If requested, he can also apply a local anesthetic to enhance your comfort if requested.
One of the many benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic is the brief treatment time. Many patients come in on their lunch breaks for the procedure and return to work immediately after. While every person’s needs are unique and procedure times can vary, BOTOX® injections are generally administered within about 30 minutes. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic should be apparent a few days following treatment with the full results generally realized in one week.
Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Hurt?
We take great care to make your experience as pleasant as possible, and most patients report only minimal discomfort. If desired, Dr. Sepehr can apply a topical anesthetic to the treated areas in order to make your treatment more relaxing and comfortable.
Is There Any Recovery Time After BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections?
Many patients experience no downtime after receiving BOTOX® injections, and you should be able to return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. Some degree of redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the injection sites is normal, and these effects should fade within a few days. You should consult your general practitioner before using BOTOX® Cosmetic if you have a history of neuromuscular disease or cardiovascular concerns.
How Long Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been known to last up six months. The duration of results will vary from patient to patient. In general, the average cosmetic outcome from BOTOX® Cosmetic can be expected to last approximately three to four months. Regular maintenance sessions can help to extend its rejuvenative effects.
Are There Any Complementary or Alternative Treatments to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
In addition to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dr. Sepehr offers a broad range of cosmetic injectables. Our dermal fillers are designed to smooth skin, reduce common signs of aging, and achieve a more youthful appearance. If you’re experiencing volume loss, thinning lips, aging hands, or other concerns, Dr. Sepehr can customize your treatment plan to help you attain more comprehensive facial rejuvenation without surgery.
Are There Any Side Effects From BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Some patients experience mild bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but this is normal and should subside within a few days. If symptoms persist one week after your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, please reach out to Dr. Shadfar for any concerns you may have.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Cost?
As a highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be a more economical option to treat premature signs of aging when compared to surgical solutions. While the total price of treatment will depend on the number of areas you wish to address, as well as the extent of concerns being treated, patient reviews from Realself.com list the national average cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic at $550. After your consultation, our team will apprise you of your expenses based on the details of your unique treatment plan. To make it easier for you to undergo injections, our practice works with highly reputable plastic surgery financing options, such as Prosper® Healthcare Lending and CareCredit®. These healthcare lending companies offer a wide variety of low- to no-interest payment plans that can be chosen according to your budgetary needs to make BOTOX® Cosmetic more affordable. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have about the easy application processes, or the price of treatment.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been safely administered to countless patients for decades. As Dr. Sepehr, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, meticulously performs each injection himself, you can feel confident that you are receiving the utmost level of safety and expertise during your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
If you have additional questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sepehr, please contact our office today.