How much does Botox cost?
We charge $12 per unit for Botox® and $6 per unit for Dysport®. Most patients need 20-40 units of Botox® and 40-80 units of Dysport® depending on the area treated and the strength of the muscles. Beware of practices that charge by the area: you only want to pay for the number of units you need!
Is it dangerous?
Although Botulinum Toxin poisoning is life threatening, small doses such as those used for cosmetic purposes are safe. Botox® has been safely used to treat unwanted lines and wrinkles since 1989.
Can Botox be used for prevention?
This is one of the most common questions I get from younger patients. It is not uncommon for people in their 20's and 30's to use Botox® in low doses to prevent lines and wrinkles in areas that they notice lines during expression. This approach is considered safe and effective!
Botulinum Toxin is a purified protein made from botulism bacteria, which binds to the nerve endings, preventing the release of the chemical transmitters that activate muscles. When injected into specific areas of the face, it paralyzes the small muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead creases, and other facial wrinkles. The goal is to weaken the muscles that contribute to aging and sagging and to strengthen the muscles that lift. The injections are relatively painless, and the effect lasts from three to four months. Botox is fully metabolized by the body so it does not remain in the system.
Botulinum toxin treatment decreases local muscle activity, thereby preventing the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions. The effect generally lasts from three to four months. In some cases, after multiple treatments, results can last longer in between treatments.
Botox is used to treat wrinkles which are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. The more emotion you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be. Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. This treatment can be used to reduce forehead lines, lines around the eyes, frown lines, vertical lip lines and neck creases. It can also be used to create a brow-lift, neck lift, reduce nasal flaring and "gummy smile"
After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Botox for TMJ
Botulinum Toxin can be injected into the masseter muscle on each side of the jaw which can prevent clenching too hard and grinding at night. This injection can also be treated to slim the jawline in some patients. Dosages of 15-25 units are used per side and typically last about 6 months
Botox for sweating...
Botox can be superficially injected in the underarms once every 6 months to decrease activity of the sweat glands and is extremely effective for excessive sweating. A dosage of 50 units per side is safe and effective.