Botox® – What Is It?
Botox® is used to relax the muscles of facial animation in an effort to reduce the evidence of wrinkling which contributes to the appearance of aging. This substance is injected through the skin into or close to the muscle. After a couple of days, the patient usually sees a relaxation of the muscle, and within a week or two, a lessening of the wrinkle. We’ve answered some popular questions about Botox® below. As always, should you have any questions about Botox® or any other procedures performed at Clinton Plastic Surgery Center don’t hesitate to call us! 205.408.9787.
Q: What are the FDA-Approved areas for Botox®-Cosmetic treatment?
A: Botox® is FDA approved to treat glabellar lines between the brows and most recently crows feet around the eyes.
Q: Is Botox®-Cosmetic safe?
A: Botox® has an excellent safety record. Allergic reactions can take place, but have been rare. Weakening of an un-intended muscle may occur, but should be completely reversible. A full list of adverse effects can be reviewed at the official Botox® website. This is considered to be one of the safest procedures we do.
Q: How many units do most patients need?
A: The indication for Botox® in the Glabella is 20 units and Crow’s feet is 24 units.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Visible results have been shown to last up to four months.
Q: What are the most common side effects?
A: Drooping eyelid and swelling of the eyelid are the most common side effects but have been reported in no more than 3% of users.
Q: How much down-time is associated with the procedure?
A: Other than refraining from massaging the area for two hours, normal activity and skin care can be resumed immediately.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Dr. Clinton customizes the treatment for each patient so it may not be accurate to quote an exact price. He will assess your pattern and degree of facial animation before determining how much Botox® will be needed to treat each area. Dr. Clinton is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been injecting Botox®-Cosmetic for well over ten years.