According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most common, non-surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons in the United States every year. In fact, the most recent statistics released by ASAPS reveal that botulinum toxin-based injectables—which includes BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and most recently Jeureau®—accounted for almost half of all non-surgical treatments administered last year. You can easily find medical providers that provide botulinum toxin-based injectables. The challenge lies in finding a provider with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and true artistry to create beautiful and natural-looking results without the “frozen” look.
To learn all about BOTOX® injections, we invite you to explore the comprehensive information provided throughout this page. If you have further questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to find out if this treatment may be right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Pinsky Plastic Surgery today. As a top plastic surgeon in Florida, Dr. Mark Pinsky is highly skilled and experienced in BOTOX® Cosmetic and will be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary non-surgical treatment for frown lines, forehead furrows, “crow’s feet,” and lines and wrinkles of the lower face. The muscles that respond best to treatment are those that contract during facial expressions. Other, more sophisticated areas of the face that respond well to BOTOX® injections include those around the mouth, nose, cheeks, and neck. These areas require injectors with greater experience, such as Dr. Pinsky and our Physician Assistant Lori Oswald. Dr. Pinsky and Lori are in the top 1% of the nation as a BOTOX Cosmetic injectors and trainers.
When administered by a qualified and experienced provider, BOTOX® Cosmetic is considered very safe, and there are no systemic effects from injections.
Some of the most notable reasons patients choose Pinsky Plastic Surgery for BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
*Individual Results May Vary
Either an ice compress or topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin prior to injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic to minimize or eliminate any potential discomfort during treatment. You may feel a quick pinch when the thin needle is inserted, but most patients report limited sensitivity. Once the injections are complete, there are typically no lingering sensations. The vast majority of patients agree that BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is very tolerable and would not describe the experience as painful.
Some patients may experience a small bruise or tenderness in the areas that have been injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic. That said, there is generally no downtime associated with treatment, so you can expect to resume most of your normal routine right away. Dr. Pinsky recommends keeping your head elevated for four hours after the treatment as well as avoiding strenuous activities the rest of the day in order to help limit side effects and ensure optimal results.
The cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic is highly variable. Some of the most common factors that can impact pricing include the number of injection sites and/or units used, the experience and credentials of the provider, the location of the practice, and whether or not treatment is combined with other procedures.
For specific BOTOX® Cosmetic pricing information, you will need to schedule a consultation at Pinsky Plastic Surgery. During your appointment, Dr. Pinsky can evaluate your needs and goals, determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most effective solution, and provide a customized cost quote based on your particular treatment plan. If interested, a member of our team can also introduce you to various plastic surgery financing options at this time. Our practice teams with CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® CREDIT, both of which are trusted healthcare lenders that offer numerous payment plan options to help make aesthetic treatment fit comfortably into virtually any budget.
The FDA has approved BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for individuals aged 18 years and older. While 18 is considered an early age for wrinkle reduction, it is becoming increasingly popular to use BOTOX® Cosmetic in patients between the ages of 18 and 30 years old to prevent wrinkles from forming. Young patients who want to relax facial muscle spasticity (commonly referred to as muscle spasms or twitches) may also be good candidates for BOTOX® injections.
The number BOTOX® Cosmetic units you require to reduce your wrinkles depends on the location of the wrinkles, the strength of your muscles, and how many areas you want to treat. Different muscle groups may require more or less BOTOX® Cosmetic to achieve the desired result. During your consultation, your injector can analyze your wrinkles and provide you with an estimate of how many BOTOX® Cosmetic units you should start with. It is better to under-treat the muscles your first time, than to over-treat. Two weeks after your initial injections, when the BOTOX® has reached its peak efficacy, you and your injector can reassess whether or not additional units are needed to induce further relaxation. At Pinsky Plastic Surgery, we always record how many units of BOTOX® Cosmetic you receive during treatments so that we have an accurate point of reference for future injection sessions.
Regular BOTOX® Cosmetic maintenance treatments are believed to be the best way to make results last longer. By preventing the facial muscles from moving, BOTOX® Cosmetic can make muscles weaker over time—which in turn may extend the life of your treatments. Treatment sessions should be spaced at least three months apart to prevent an increased tolerance to the active ingredient in BOTOX® injections.
The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically last between three to four months, but for some individuals, results may last longer. In order to retain the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic on a continuous basis, injections can be repeated as results are fading after 12 weeks or beyond. Depending on your goals, response to BOTOX® injections, and budget, your injector can develop a regular BOTOX® treatment schedule customized to suit your needs.
Following BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, it is recommended that you wait about four hours before lying down. If you need to lie down, it is important to lie on your back, so as not to place pressure on the injection areas.