Botox is a purified protein made by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In it’s purified form, it is made for the temporary relaxation of muscles. Botox partially blocks the nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. This causes the muscles that are related to expression to relax. After the solution takes effect the overlying skin will be smooth and unwrinkled while your untreated facial muscles will still function normally. Frown lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles/furrows, and upper lip lines can be treated with Botox.
This is a simple and safe procedure. A tiny needle is used to inject small amounts of Botox into the area to be treated. Several injections are usually needed in specific muscles of the face. Natural facial expressions are preserved by targeting only wrinkle producing muscles. Most patients remark that there is minimal discomfort. You can resume most normal activities immediately. Botox generally takes 7-10 days to take full effect.
Most patients desire a more youthful appearance. Some prefer to look less “angry”, while others are concerned about preventative therapy. Whatever the reason, the outcomes are the same. And, Yes! Men benefit from Botox treatments too! We see many men at Viva Medical Aesthetics who want to soften their forehead lines and crows feet to give them a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
A cost for the area to be treated will be discussed with Dr. Lyn Pascoe. Your cost not only includes the price of your product but, more importantly, the skill and expertise of your injector. Dr. Pascoe personally consults with every client and performs all Botox treatments. She has 18 years of experience in aesthetic medicine and over 30 years of experience as a family physician. Botox Cosmetic is a technique sensitive treatment, you can be sure your treatment is in good hands.
The number of injections you will receive depends on the area being treated and the strength of the muscles in that area. Just to give you a general idea however, most crows feet areas usually take 3 injections per side and most frown lines between your eyebrows need about 5 quick injections. Of course, it’s up to you how many areas you want to be treated at one time.
Before you Request An Appointment, do note that wrinkles from sun exposure or non-muscle related wrinkles will not be affected by Botox. Wrinkles that are controlled by muscle movement are decreased and smoothed. Temporary bruising of the injection site is the most common side effect. In some cases, Botox can migrate to the wrong muscle causing drooping of the eyelid or unevenness of the brows. With skilled technique and knowledge of the face and underlying muscles, the chances of this are reduced to about 1%. Because the effects of Botox are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary. After your treatment, you can resume your regular day. There is minimal downtime.
On average the effect lasts 3-5 months with individual variations. Early clinical studies have indicated that the duration of treatment benefits are increased over time so that you could require injections less frequently in the future. If you decide to forego any additional treatment afterwards, your lines will just gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.
Dr. Pascoe uses very fine needles for Botox injections and she is an experienced injector so all you feel is a tiny poke when the needle first goes in. Botox is one of the most pain-free procedures and there is no downtime afterward.
If it is your first visit, a careful facial analysis will be done to determine the appropriate treatment. The actual injections take about 10 – 15 minutes.
You can enroll in the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program. You will earn credit on successive treatments.