What is Botox?
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, known as Botox, is a purified protein injectable filler that is FDA-approved for the temporary treatment of frown lines. This simple, non-surgical injection is also commonly used to temporarily reduce or eliminate forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck.
The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have suggested that botulinum toxin can also be effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscles spasms in the neck and eyes.
Am I a candidate?
Young to middle-aged men and women between the ages of 35 and 70 who would like to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet or forehead lines may be good candidates for Botox treatment. A consultation with Dr. Shipley will help determine if Botox is right for you.
How do I prepare for a Botox Treatment?
To prepare for a Botox treatment at Shipley & Sills, we will address any questions you have and ask you about your expectations and desired outcome. We will discuss your options, likely outcomes, and any risks or potential complications before recommending a course of treatment.
In addition, your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors will be evaluated. This includes a review of medical conditions and treatments, drug allergies, current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs. We may:
• Discuss options for facial rejuvenation, including dermafillers, such as Juvederm©
• Examine and measure your face
• Take photographs for your medical record
How is a Botox Treatment performed?
Botox is injected directly into the muscle that causes dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear temporarily when a muscle contracts, such as smiling or frowning.) A very small needle is used to minimize discomfort causing the injection to feel like a small prick with a little stinging. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes. Since the procedure is non-surgical, no recovery time is needed, and patients can return to work or other activities immediately. Typically, Botox injections need to be repeated every three to four months.
• Frown lines
• Crow’s feet
• Forehead creases
• Brow elevation (lift)
• Chin softening (peach pit chin and excessive cleft)
• Vertical neck bands
• Wrinkling of the central mid chest (decollete.)
What results can I expect?
Botox injections offer dramatic results that are fully apparent within five to seven days. In clinical trials, nearly 90 percent of the men and women surveyed rated the improvement in their brow lines as moderate to better. For many, Botox virtually “erases” these lines.
Results may vary for each person, depending on the severity of wrinkles and the strength of muscles treated. Your Botox treatment’s results typically last from three to six months, with most people gradually returning to their former state. Normally, Dr. Shipley will recommend that Botox Injections be repeated every three to four months. With repeated treatments, some patients may notice that the effect of the Botox is longer lasting.
Is this procedure covered by Health Insurance?
Botox is not covered by health insurance. Ask to talk to our financial representative who can explain the costs of procedure and payment options.