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BOTOX® QUESTIONS

 

Finally! All the answers to your Botox questions in one place. We have compiled the most common questions from our clients in one place. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.




What is Botox®?



BOTOX® is a lyophilized purified protein produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. The treatment is nonsurgical, physician-administered. The product has FDA approval to temporarily reduce moderate to severe glabellar furrows/frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age, although it is also used “off-label” to manage forehead rhytids, crows feet, bunny lines, and platysmal bands, among others. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® are administered through a series of a few tiny injections into the muscles that are the cause of the lines between the brows. The treatment is quick and is typically performed in less than ten minutes. Generally speaking, no recovery time is needed. Within days, the patient may expect to see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.

How does Botox® work to reduce wrinkles?

 

BOTOX® is injected directly into the muscle belly of the particular wrinkle lines being addressed (frown lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles, etc.) that form over time as a result of muscle activity. BOTOX® slows the development of these “dynamic” wrinkles and their eventual progression to “static” or permanent wrinkles. At the physiologic level, Botox works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles, hence reducing the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form. When will I see results?

 
 
 

How long will they last?

 
Results vary, however, you can expect to see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows within days. You may continue to see continual improvement for up to 4 weeks. Clinical trials have demonstrated that almost 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as “moderate to better” one month following treatment. Results generally last for 3 to 5 months. In our hands, results typically last 3 months, with a range of 6 weeks to 6 months.
 
 
 

Are Botox® treatments painful?

 
Most patients find BOTOX® treatments to be quite undaunting with minimal and brief discomfort. Prior to the procedure, we give you the option to numb the area with either an anesthetic cream or a cold pack. The entire procedure takes no longer than 10 minutes with no downtime to follow.
 
 
 

What information should I tell Doctor Vallecillos?

 
As a patient it is your responsibility to divulge any and all medical conditions, including if you have a disease that may affect your muscles and nerves (such as ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, Myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome). Additionally, pregnancy is a contraindication to BOTOX® treatment. Due to a lack of scientific data regarding the safety of a pregnancy, the BOTOX® procedure should be avoided entirely, including during breast feeding. You should inform Doctor Vallecillos about any and all prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal products that you take on a regular basis.
 
 
 

Are there possible side effects to Botox® use?

 

There are potential serious side effects with BOTOX® use.


General, non-life threatening side effects of BOTOX® may include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to BOTOX® may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. If any of the aforementioned occur after treatment, notify Doctor Vallecillos or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

 
 
 

After the Botox® procedure, will I still be able to make facial expressions?

 

In short, the answer is yes. Although the results are visible with dramatic improvements in some cases, treatment with BOTOX® will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you "had work done." The muscle activity that is causing the wrinkling is simply reduced, so you may still generate normal facial expressions but simply with less accentuation.


What happens to the wrinkles/rhytids if I choose to discontinue treatments ?
If treatments are discontinued, the wrinkles/rhytids will gradually return and will appear as they did prior to commencing treatment.

 
 
 

Do treatment results differ?

 
They most certainly do. To get the best results, it's important to go to a physician who has experience in advanced BOTOX® administration techniques. Doctor Vallecillos has a vast experience with BOTOX® serving on national teaching panels for advanced surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques.
 
 
 

How much will it cost?

 

Pricing for BOTOX® will vary depending on the number of areas treated and the degree of dynamic rhytidosis. Specifically, Doctor Vallecillos charges per unit for BOTOX® as opposed to “per area” because of the fact that different areas require varying treatment dosages which is determined on a patient to patient basis. In general, the national average for a BOTOX® treatment typically runs at $300/treatment area. In our practice, price points generally run between $300 and $1000 USD, depending on the extensiveness of the treatment.


Additionally, all patients who book their next appointment with us during their visit receive an additional 10% off.

 
 
 
 
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