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Botox® is administered in aesthetic medicine clinics through small-dose injections that relax facial muscles that cause expression lines. Derived from botulinum toxin type A, Botox® is a purified inactive protein that temporarily blocks nerve impulses when injected into specific muscles, and limits muscle contractions to reduce the appearance of expression lines. This muscle-relaxant effect is progressive and results in a visible improvement 3 to 10 days following injections; the effect lasts for 3 to 6 months, depending on individual, the areas treated, and dose. However, the more you use Botox® the more each targeted muscle loses its ability to contract, extending the timeframe between subsequent visits.
The secret to aesthetically pleasing results lies in just the right amount of Botox® injected into the right treatment areas. Since one of the most common concerns among patients is the expressionless “frozen look”, choosing an experienced specialist who follows an individual approach to natural-looking results is key to treatment success. It’s a philosophy that Dermapure’s team of specialists has upheld since the launch of our very first clinic!
At Dermapure, we focus on preserving your natural appearance by softening lines and wrinkles without diminishing facial expressions. To avoid the “overdone” look, we limit the use of Botox® to the upper face. The main treatment areas are forehead creases, the glabella (to diminish frown lines between the eyebrows), and crow’s feet. More advanced techniques can also be used, including an eyebrow lift to improve the appearance of droopy eyelids as well as special measures to correct a gummy smile, neck lines and crepey skin on cheeks.
Botox® injections are often used in combination with dermal fillers to achieve overall facial rejuvenation.
Establishing your expectations and assessing the condition of your skin are the important first steps for beginning your face rejuvenation treatment. Individual aging characteristics and certain external factors will influence the choice of treatment, overall cost, and the duration of effects. A pre-treatment assessment helps clarify these considerations.
Pictures taken before the procedure provide a better view and understanding of the areas to be treated with Botox®, and can be consulted when discussing specific goals with the physician. When compared to your “After” pictures, they are an effective way to track treatment results over time.
The injection specialist first conducts a personalized assessment of your facial anatomy and marks the exact injection points with a white makeup pencil. You will be asked to frown, raise your eyebrows, and smile widely to help determine the strength of your facial muscles and to identify the best treatment for achieving optimal results.
The procedure lasts only a few minutes. No anesthesia is needed since injections are made with a small-gauge needle that minimizes any discomfort. Using the marked points as a guide, the physician proceeds with injections and determines the minimum amounts needed to achieve the desired effect. Common side effects may include local discomfort, redness, swelling and possible bruising at the injection site, as well as tightness or a slight headache. These are normal, temporary and will subside on their own.
*Each person is unique and may react differently to the proposed treatment. Images are for illustrative purposes only. Actual results may vary.
Botox® is priced per unit and not per syringe, as is the case with dermal fillers. The actual number of units required varies depending on the treatment area and the strength of the targeted muscles.
To maintain results, it we recommend that you repeat the procedure every 3 to 6 months. With regular treatments, the frequency and amount of product needed diminish over time. Touch-ups may be required following the procedure.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should postpone this procedure. Individuals with certain neuromuscular disorders should not use this type of injectable.
We recommend that you avoid aspirin or any other medications containing aspirin one week prior to your scheduled treatment.