Botox is one of the most popular, non-invasive cosmetic treatments in the United States. Men and women across the world have Botox treatments to help unwanted facial wrinkles and other medical problems. For clients in the Bay Area, Sculpt MD can help you reach your goals of a younger looking you!
What is Botox®?
Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines and wrinkles. Scientifically speaking, Botox® is a neurotoxin from Clostridium botulinum which is an organism found in our natural earth environment. Botox blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that cause your muscles to contract. It reduces your fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles and smoothing out the skin.
Botox has been used by celebrities as a cosmetic treatment to help them look younger and more vibrant. Throughout our lives, the constant contractions of our facial muscles create facial expressions eventually these contractions result in lines and wrinkles all around our skin. Patients who seek Botox are looking to eliminate those lines and wrinkles we all commonly recognize. Botox achieves its rejuvenating results by temporarily immobilizing the muscles beneath our skinfolds and reduces wrinkles.
Botox is a simple procedure that uses a fine needle to inject tiny amounts of the solution into the specific areas of the face you wish to treat. It temporarily immobilizes the targeted muscles, preventing them from causing wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
Before your treatment, the areas treated will be thoroughly cleaned. Your physician will determine the placement of each injection based on the size and depth of the crease or wrinkle being treated. Several injections to a specific area may be required to effectively treat the area.
This procedure requires no anesthesia or sedation. It can take between 10-15 minutes to perform with minimal discomfort, varying based on the number of areas being treated and the size. You will be able to discuss with your doctor if you want to treat a single area or more than one when you go in for treatment.
Initially, you may experience a slight redness or temporary swelling after your procedure. This tends to fade within 24 hours, but you will not be inhibited from resuming your normal daily activities. It is important to not rub or massage the areas that were treated as it may cause the substance to migrate elsewhere.
Some may experience a mild bruising in the treated area, mostly those who bruise easily. You can also prevent bruising by avoiding Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications prior to your treatment.
It can take between 7 to 10 days to see the results, while about 3 days post-treatment you can see improvements in the appearance of any fine lines or wrinkles. By targeting specific areas, lines and wrinkles can be eliminated for 3-4 months without interfering with normal facial function. To maintain your results, it is important to keep up with regularly schedule appointments. Most patients return for touch ups as they start to see fine lines forming again.
Other Treatments to Consider
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your facial features, we have many other procedures to offer including Botox to improve your skin care dilemmas:
• Micrnoeedling with PRP
• Hair Restoration
• EXILIS ULTRA
Benefits of Botox®
– Maintain a refreshed appearance
– Less product every follow up
– Reduction and elimination of fine lines/wrinkles
– Younger and youthful appearance
Botox® Used For
– Worry lines (forehead wrinkles)
– Crow’s feet (outer eye wrinkles)
– “11” lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows)
– Visible neck bands
– Pucker lines (wrinkles around the lips)
– Chin dimpling
– Bunny lines (wrinkles on side of nose)
Areas We Can Treat with Botox®
Your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your face, your goals, and your budget. Additional sessions may further enhance your results.
• Worry lines (forehead wrinkles) • Crow’s feet (outer eye wrinkles) • “11” lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows) • Visible neck bands • Pucker lines (wrinkles around the lips) • Chin dimpling • Bunny lines (wrinkles on side of nose)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re wondering if you’re too young or too old, there is no age limit for Botox®. As long as you are starting to show or demonstrate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead, around the eyes, around the lips, on the sides of the nose, on your chin, or any other facial location, you are most likely a candidate for Botox®.
You should consult Sculpt MD to see if Botox® is right for you. We have a free consultation to allow you to talk with our doctor about your concerns and how we can help you!
Botox® injections are safe when performed by an experienced and trained professional. Here at Sculpt MD, we offer you a highly skilled, board certified staff to perform your Botox® procedure. We take all the necessary steps and precautions in order to yield the best and rewarding results.
As soon as your wrinkles return, you can have Botox® again. There is no specific limit to the number of injections you can have, however, the body’s immune system is capable of developing antibodies to the Botox® molecule which can render it ineffective. We all are familiar with celebrities that have gotten “too much” Botox®, but rest assured at Sculpt MD that we would not let you overdue it and we would keep a healthy amount of treatments tailored to your lifestyle.
The cost of Botox® treatments will depend on where you are looking to treat on your face and the amount of treatments you will undergo. At Sculpt MD, we will schedule a consultation to go over your needs as a patient and inform you of the procedures to follow. We also have CareCredit, which allows you to spread your payments for your treatment over a given period of time.
Some of the minor side effects that fade within a day or so are slight redness in the treated area or temporary swelling. You may experience bruising if you are easily bruised, but this can be altered by avoiding any anti-inflammatory medications.
A very small percentage of patients may develop a droopy upper eyelid with the treatment of the forehead/brow area, but it will resolve within a few weeks. This is usually a result of the Botox® migrating down towards the eye. To prevent this, it is important to see a highly experienced doctor and not rub the area of treatment for at least 12 hours after your procedure. At Sculpt MD, we can guarantee a trained physician, but only you can prevent it further by avoiding rubbing.
The actual Botox® as a medication is not painful, but rather the only pain you may experience is the needle. This is just a mild pricking as it is not a large needle. Applying an icepack to numb the area can help numb the discomfort, but the procedure only lasts 10-15 minutes.
When injected properly by a physician at Sculpt MD, the results can be seen 2 to 4 days when the muscles weakening takes place. The maximum results will be seen 7 to 10 days after your treatment and your results will last you 3 to 4 months.