Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form on our faces as a result of repetitive facial movements. The most common of these types of wrinkles are horizontal lines beside the eyes, also known as crow’s feet, and vertical lines between the brows, called frown lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary muscle relaxant that can stop these muscles causing these wrinkles from contracting, for a more youthful look.
Dr. Waleed Ezzat is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. His extensive experience treating signs of aging in the face makes him an optimal choice for Boston men and women interested in maintaining a youthful and natural appearance with BOTOX® injections.
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When to Consider BOTOX®
The most common reasons people consider starting BOTOX® treatments include:
- Crow’s feet, or wrinkles on the outsides of the eyes, caused by smiling or squinting
- Furrows between your brows, or frown lines, making you look tired or anxious
- Preventing wrinkles from forming before they start
The best candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic are in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for their treatment results.
Before Getting BOTOX® Cosmetic
Prior to your BOTOX® injections, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Ezzat or one of his aestheticians. During this time, you’ll learn the best way to prepare for BOTOX® to minimize the chances of any unwanted side effects. Some medications may not be suitable to take in conjunction with botulinum toxin, and certain health supplements can thin the blood and increase your risk of bruising. You should also avoid drinking alcohol for at least 2 days before your procedure.
Dr. Ezzat may also recommend additional treatments to complement your BOTOX® results. Many people combine BOTOX® treatments with injectable fillers, which fill in lost volume and can diminish some deep wrinkles that BOTOX® does not treat.
Your BOTOX® Injections
BOTOX® is known as a lunchtime treatment because the injection does not take very long. A cold compress is all that is needed to provide numbing to the sites of the injections. The product is then carefully injected into the facial muscles that create your dynamic wrinkles. Most people feel only a small pinch for each injection.
After Getting BOTOX®
There is no downtime required for BOTOX® injections. Once your BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure is finished, you may resume your normal routine. You will likely have some pinkness or swelling around the injection sites, but this can usually be hidden with a little makeup. You should avoid doing strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours following your appointment, as the activity may cause the product to move. Your results should begin to develop within 3 to 5 days, and most people can see their final outcome within 2 weeks of getting BOTOX®.
Your New Look
Following your BOTOX® treatment, you should notice a more youthful look to the face. Your dynamic wrinkles should appear less noticeable, helping you look well-rested. In the case of preventative BOTOX® treatments, you may simply notice a subtle rejuvenation. Starting BOTOX® early can prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming. Most people schedule routine BOTOX® injections spaced 3 to 6 months apart.
Contact us online or call our Boston office at 617-414-4980 to take the first step toward reaching your ideal look with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
How much does BOTOX® cost?
BOTOX® is typically charged by the unit, which can cost anywhere from around $10 to $25 per unit. In some cases, BOTOX is priced by treatment area. The average cost of a single BOTOX treatment is around $550, although this number can vary by location, practice and the area(s) being treated.
How do I choose a BOTOX provider near me?
Seek a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for your BOTOX injections. BOTOX injections require technical skill, nuanced knowledge of facial anatomy and an aesthetic eye. For your safety and best results, find a board-certified facial plastic surgeon near you who is experienced providing BOTOX.
Is BOTOX the best injectable treatment for me?
BOTOX is commonly used to temporarily improve crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, forehead wrinkles and “11 lines” between the eyebrows. In some instances, BOTOX can also be an effective treatment for migraines, excessive sweating and to reduce the appearance of platysmal bands in the neck.
Dermal fillers are sometimes combined with BOTOX to achieve the desired results. Fillers are used to treat facial lines and wrinkles around the mouth, plump the cheeks and add volume to and reshape the lips. The best injectable treatment option for you will depend on your specific cosmetic concerns.
Does BOTOX hurt?
A topical numbing cream can be used prior to BOTOX injections to help reduce any discomfort. Many people report BOTOX feeling like a mild pin prick, as the needle is very small. Afterwards, you might experience some bruising or swelling and mild tenderness in the treated area. But these side effects are typically short-lived and shouldn’t interfere with your ability to resume your daily activities.
What’s the recovery like after BOTOX?
There is no downtime or formal recovery time after BOTOX, so you can get right back to work and other normal daily activities after your appointment.
When will I see my BOTOX results?
BOTOX results usually present in at 24 – 72 hours after injection – but this can vary between individuals. For this reason, Dr. Ezzat recommends that you schedule your BOTOX appointment at least two weeks before an important event. This will give any residual swelling or bruising to diminish and your full results will have time to take shape before your event. This is especially important if you have never had BOTOX before, as everyone can react differently to injectable treatments.
How long does BOTOX last?
BOTOX usually lasts 3 to 6 months and some studies have shown that getting regular BOTOX injections could have a preventative effect on new wrinkles, although you will require an additional treatment to achieve the same immediate results again.