A lifetime of involuntary facial muscle actions and natural aging contribute to the formation of wrinkles, creases and lines that can make you look angry, tired or older than you feel. Although aging is inevitable, we have an arsenal of gentle, non-surgical treatments that combat the most noticeable and frustrating facial imperfections. BOTOX® has become the most commonly performed non-surgical treatments to address these types of issues.
Recognized as an Allergan Platinum Level Injector, Dr. George Landis offers an unparalleled level of expertise in BOTOX® injections that you won’t find at other clinics or med spas.
BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of forehead lines and has successfully been used to treat a wide range of other conditions, such as wrinkles on the neck and gummy smiles.
BOTOX® is a purified version of Botulinum Toxin Type A. BOTOX® will reduce the effects of facial aging, such as crow’s feet, frown lines and other complexion issues. When injected into the skin, BOTOX® temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles.
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How Does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® is designed to soften wrinkles caused by the muscular activity of your face. Your facial muscles move when you make certain expressions and over time, this muscle movement creates wrinkles where the skin folds together. BOTOX® works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. When the injected muscle is unable to contract, wrinkles relax and soften.
Using a tiny needle, Dr. Landis injects BOTOX® into the muscles below the targeted area. The procedure is quick and requires no surgery or downtime. The injections themselves are relatively painless. Some patients experience minor discomfort at the injection site, but this is only a temporary effect that quickly subsides.
What Issues Can BOTOX® Injections Address?
Targeted injections of BOTOX® into facial tissue blocks the nerve signals to nearby muscles. By diminishing muscle activity, BOTOX® can correct fine lines and deep-set wrinkles over time.
With this remarkably effective and diverse treatment option, Dr. Landis can use BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily erase and eliminate:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Bunny lines
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Gummy Smile
- Facial asymmetry
- Wrinkling on the neck
- Platysmal lines
- Chin dimpling
- Poor jawline definition
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
How Long Does BOTOX® Last?
In most cases, the results of BOTOX® injections will last up to three to four months. Every patient is different, however, and the exact length of time your results will last depends on certain factors:
- Amount of BOTOX® used, the more units of BOTOX® that are injected into a region, the longer the results will last.
- Muscle strength: If you have very strong facial muscles in a certain area, they may be more resistant to the paralyzing function of the treatment. More BOTOX may be required to achieve the same duration of results.
- Follow up treatment: With follow-up BOTOX injection treatments, it is possible for your results to last even longer than the average three to four months. Some patients can enjoy results for up to six to eight months with consistent follow-up schedules.
Your Initial BOTOX® Consultation
During your initial consultation, our staff will perform a comprehensive facial examination that thoroughly evaluates the shape of your face, the presence of wrinkles and lines as well as the overall texture of your skin. We will discuss your facial evaluation with you in front of a mirror and determine the role of BOTOX® Cosmetic in your treatment.
A key component of this examination is confirming that the wrinkles of concern are the result of muscle activity and not volume loss or other issues. Depending on the nature of your wrinkles, Dr. Landis and his staff may suggest other modalities of treatment, such as dermal fillers.
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Alternatives To BOTOX
While BOTOX® is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments performed in the United States, it is not the only botulinum Type A-based injectable that reduces facial muscle contractions. In addition to BOTOX®, Dr. Landis also offers:
Dysport® also contains the Type A botulinum used in BOTOX®. It has been used to successfully treat the appearance of wrinkles as well as some neurological disorders. Like BOTOX®, Dysport® diminishes facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles underneath.
Much like BOTOX® and Dysport®, Xeomin® is a botulinum Type A product that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles and minimize wrinkles. Xeomin® is like BOTOX® and Dysport® in that results appear quickly and last for a similar amount of time. A key difference is that the manufacturers of Xeomin® claim that the product does not contain any additives, so there is less risk of developing an antibody to the injectable that blocks its response.
Dr. Landis strives to meet the unique needs of every patient. This dedication to individualized care includes a variety of treatment options to meet the specific needs and preferences of each patient who visits. During your consultation, Dr. Landis will thoroughly explain all your options to help you make an informed decision about your care.
Am I A Good Candidate For BOTOX®?
Like any other cosmetic procedure, you must meet certain requirements to undergo BOTOX® treatment. We consider you an ideal candidate for BOTOX® injections if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Are not pregnant or nursing at the time of your treatment
- Are free of any known allergies to BOTOX
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that 57 percent all BOTOX® and Dysport patients are between the ages of 40 and 54. Twenty-three percent of recipients were 55 years of age or older, while people between 30 and 39-years old made up 18 percent. Only 1 percent of these patients were between the ages of 20-29.
Not all twenty-somethings will benefit from BOTOX®, but some may find value in its ability to prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Early injections may also make it possible to reduce the frequency of injections needed later in life.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cost?
The average patient may benefit from anywhere between 10-40 units of BOTOX®. The amount depends on how many areas you want to treat, as well as the strength of your muscles. During your consultation, Dr. Landis and his staff will discuss the number of units needed to match your specific goals and explain how much you can expect your treatment to cost.