BOTOX® in Jacksonville, FL

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What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is one of three common neuromodulators approved by the FDA and used today by cosmetic surgeons to decrease unsightly lines resulting from animation. This treatment is a simple, nonsurgical technique that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, forehead lines, lip lines, and Crow's feet. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, our staff of highly skilled surgeons will use their experience and precision to adequately administer BOTOX and give patients a wrinkle-free and youthful appearance.

How is BOTOX Performed?

BOTOX is administered during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30 minutes. Due to the fact that the depth, length, quantity, and location of wrinkles varies for each patient, the injection treatment itself, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored to each individual person. Patients will be marked for the specific areas on the face that will be used as injection sites. The injection is given through a syringe to localized areas on the face. Patients will feel a small prick as the needle enters through the skin, but any pain or discomfort is controlled with a cold compress.

What Results Can I Expect from BOTOX?

Immediately following a series of BOTOX injections, there will be some mild swelling and redness at the injection sites. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but exercise should be avoided for a few hours. It is also recommended that patients keep their heads elevated for the first 8 – 10 hours. Results following BOTOX will become apparent within 4 – 7 days. About a week after treatment, patients will notice an inability to fully move portions of their forehead. With limited movement, wrinkles will cease to appear. The result is skin that appears smooth and soft.

Botox FAQs

Is BOTOX safe?

BOTOX is approved by the FDA and has a long, safe history. It is administered in over 75 countries and consistently ranks as the most popular cosmetic procedure in America. However, even with its popularity, BOTOX is a drug and should only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Individuals who receive injections by someone inexperienced run the added risk of bruising, over medicating, and ultimately, obtaining an undesirable result. 

Are there any alternatives to BOTOX?

In 2009, BOTOX gained competition when Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) was developed, approved by the FDA, and made available to the general public. Both drugs are used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. Some practices lean toward BOTOX to address forehead lines while considering Dysport for Crow’s Feet. There has been much debate as to which drug is superior. Both have their advantages. Some distinct differences can be discussed during your consultation.  

Should I receive BOTOX or dermal filler injections?

Injectable fillers, such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and Perlane, help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates the appearance of smooth skin. BOTOX, which temporarily freezes the underlying muscle, offers a similar result with a different approach. A skilled practitioner will be able to determine if a filler material or a product like BOTOX would garner the best results.  

What is the best age to receive BOTOX?

Individuals who wish to soften and decrease facial lines and wrinkles may be candidates for BOTOX. The most common age to receive BOTOX injections is between 30 – 55. However, it is also common for patients younger and older to receive injections.  

How long will the results of BOTOX last?

BOTOX is not a permanent fix. Results will last for several months - sometimes longer - but they will not last forever. Qualified injectors will tell you there is good news and bad news when it comes to BOTOX. The good news is, if you are not happy with your results, the results will only last a few months. Likewise, the bad news is, if you love your results (which most people do), the results will only last a few months. Regardless, many patients recognize even the temporary results are worth feeling and looking younger.

Expected Cost

BOTOX treatment costs will vary, depending on how much of the medication is used. Most patient treatments average 30 – 60 units. Therefore, the cost can range between $350 – $700 per session.

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