The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.
Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between your brows.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed by the doctor. The cost is $11 per unit. Additional discounts given per visit for Brilliant Distinctions members. Please call office to become a member.
BOTOX®, BOTOX® Everywhere
It seems BOTOX® Cosmetic is getting as popular as Starbucks. As a patient, you can now get BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments at medi-spas, family practice offices, dental offices, as well as cosmetic, dermatology and plastic surgery offices.
Often, BOTOX® Cosmetic is given by a nurse or physician’s assistant. Sometimes the nurse or doctor may come to your home and provide a “BOTOX® Party”. This has all made BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments seem simple, safe and every day, but are they?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and now Dysport® (a new company making a product similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic) treatments have proven themselves to be safe and effective. In fact, they are one of the safest cosmetic procedures offered. Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® have been around and used medically for over 30 years! In the past 10 years, they, (especially BOTOX® Cosmetic), have become extremely popular anti-aging treatments for wrinkle improvement.
The most popular BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is the frown area between the eyebrows. A little BOTOX® Cosmetic in that area eliminates the “angry” look associated with those lines. “Crow’s feet” and forehead wrinkles can also be treated with good results. People with chronic headaches often find relief when they have BOTOX® placed in their forehead.
Like any cosmetic medical procedure, technique and experience counts. The exact placement of the BOTOX® Cosmetic can make the difference in a good, average or bad result. A “bad” result is one where the patient fails to get the desired result or improvement, or gets some unwanted change. Fortunately, BOTOX® Cosmetic is temporary and forgiving, but it is advisable to seek an experienced BOTOX® Cosmetic physician or technician.
Also, BOTOX® Cosmetic is extremely “fragile!” Its potency wanes if it is not used immediately or if it is allowed to sit around the office and get warm. I constitute (mix with sterile fluid) the BOTOX® Cosmetic each morning and keep it refrigerated between uses to assure potency. BOTOX® Cosmetic is expensive. If your doctor only uses it once in a while, they may be reluctant to throw it away, resulting in loss of potency and effectiveness.
Lastly, only your physician or BOTOX® Cosmetic technician knows exactly how much BOTOX® Cosmetic you are given. It is charged and measured by how many units are given regardless of the dilution. BOTOX® Cosmetic costs the doctor $6 per unit. Most doctors charge $10-$12 per unit to the patient. If it seems like too good a deal it probably is and you may not be receiving as many units as you were charged for.
Try to keep track of the area treated and the number of units used so you may give this information to another office should you change offices or doctors.
BOTOX® Cosmetic takes three to five days to take effect. The first thing you will see is a loss of muscle contraction and “movement” in the area treated. Complete wrinkle removal may take weeks or months. The BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment should be repeated as soon as the muscle movement is noted for maximum benefit, and the BOTOX® Cosmetic will usually last longer with each subsequent treatment up to about six months.