Botox® FAQ

What exactly is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. This bacterium has been known to the scientific community since the early 1800's, but just gained FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002.

Botox® is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. Patients are given very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause wrinkle lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. All Botox® treatments at the Image Skin Institute are conducted as out-patient procedures at our Mesa, AZ, headquarters.

Within days, you may see an improvement, and this improvement can last up to 4 months. Results may vary. 

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Moderate to severe frown lines between your brows may form over the course of time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected by Dr. Kessler directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles that have been injected with Botox®; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form. 

When will I see results?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines may continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, men and women were asked to rate the improvement in their appearance; 90% rated this as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary from patient to patient. For best results, the makers of Botox® stress that it is important to see a healthcare professional that has expertise in the skin. The Image Skin Institute's Dr. Kessler is a board-certified dermatologist who has been practicing in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa continuously since 1982. Because of his expertise, the Image Skin Institute has become known as the premier Phoenix Botox experts. 

How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. Results will vary from patient to patient. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before you were treated. 

Who should administer BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, or other physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. The Image Skin Institute's Dr. Kessler was one of the first dermatologists in the greater Phoenix / Scottsdale / Chandler / Mesa metropolitan area to use BOTOX® cosmetically, and he is one of the Southwest's foremost experts on the procedure. Because of the high number of Botox® procedures he has performed, he was awarded the elite Platinum status by Allergan, the makers of Botox®. 

Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?
Any procedure involving an injection has the potential for some degree of discomfort. Discomfort from Botox® is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, Dr. Kessler may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment--all of the Botox® treatments performed at our Mesa, AZ, office are out-patient procedures. Dr. Kessler is a leading expert on Botox® treatments, and strives for maximal patient comfort. 

Who should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s). In addition, individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation should not use Botox®. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Dr. Kessler will help you determine if you are at risk.. 

Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. In addition,lLocalized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. For more details, ask Dr. Kessler, or view the full prescribing information. 

Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic that is properly applied will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you "had work done." This is why it is important to see a knowledgeable skin expert such as Dr. Kessler, a board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years experience practicing dermatology in the Mesa, AZ area. Administered correctly, the muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows. 

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic affordable?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, such as plastic surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the low entry cost facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Dr. Kessler has administered thousands of Botox treatments to patients from all over the greater Phoenix / Scottsdale / Chandler / Mesa metropolitan area; these patients are often drawn to the low cost of Botox relative to other cosmetic procedures. 

Do treatment results differ?
To get the best results, it's important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. The Image Skin Institute's Dr. Kessler was one of the first dermatologists in the greater Phoenix / Scottsdale / Chandler / Mesa metropolitan area to use BOTOX® cosmetically, and he is one of the Southwest's foremost experts on the procedure. 

The Image Skin Institute has made a name as the premier Botox® clinic in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on offering unparalleled Botox® results at competitive prices. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to receive a Botox® cost estimate.

Source: www.botox.com