Botulinum neuromodulator (AKA Botox Cosmetic®, Xeomin®,Jeuveau® or Dysport®) is one of the most recognized plastic surgery procedures available, closely followed by dermal filler. It works beautifully for the right areas when performed by the right person. Boston cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Spiegel has published a number of articles on the topic and Dr. Onir lectures frequently on the topic. Both are experts at giving patients a natural, smooth look. The experts at The Spiegel Center are masters of both male and female Botox® injections.
What is Botox?
Botox® is an FDA-approved injectable drug that can be used to reduce the appearance of mild to moderate lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox contains a purified form of a protein known as Botulinum toxin type A. This protein works to prevent nerves from sending signals to certain muscles. This can be used to cause temporary relaxation of the muscles and soften facial wrinkles.
Dynamic Wrinkles Vs. Static Wrinkles
There are two main types of wrinkles: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are the ones you see form on the skin when you smile, squint, frown, yawn, or make any sort of facial movement. Dynamic wrinkles form because the underlying muscles stretch and contract and cause the skin to stretch. When we are younger, the collagen and elastin in our skin keep the skin tight, strong, and smooth even after being stretched. Over time, the skin is unable to maintain its elasticity and dynamic wrinkles become more prominent. This is why skin treatments like IPL and Morpheus are important along side Botox.
Static wrinkles are the ones that you see on the face even when the muscles are at rest. As the skin is repeatedly contracted and stretched out and loses its strength and elasticity, these wrinkles become a permanent part of the face. Over times due to repeated facial muscle use, dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles.
How Does Botox Treat Wrinkles?
Botox® works best for “dynamic wrinkles” – those that deepen when you squeeze a muscle. Good examples include horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical wrinkles between your eyebrows, some neck bands, and crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes. When Botox is injected into the facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to form, it prevents the muscles from contracting which prevents the skin from becoming wrinkled. By preventing dynamic wrinkles from forming, Botox can also help avoid the formation of static wrinkles which is why many patients choose to get routine Botox injections. Botox is commonly used to treat:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead wrinkles
- Brow furrows
- Smile lines
- Bunny lines around the nose
- Chin wrinkles also called Orange pill
- Neck lines
- And, many other areas. Botox can decrease sweating, improve headaches, stop tooth clenching, and more.
Some wrinkles that we’d like to get rid of are caused by muscles that are too important to paralyze, so Botox can’t erase every facial line. But, in the right situation it is an easy and safe procedure.
What to Expect from Your Boston Botox Treatment
Your Botox injection will be performed at The Spiegel Center in Newton, just outside of Boston. Your face will be cleansed prior to the injection process, and the experts at The Spiegel Center will use a number of devices and maneuvers to make the experience comfortable and easy. The areas of the face where the Botox injections will be made will be identified, and a very precise amount of the solution will be injected directly into the muscle. Over the next 3 – 5 days the muscle weakens, often with a dramatic softening of the overlying wrinkles by 10 days.
On average, Botox injections provide results that last for three months or longer. Once your results begin to fade, you can retreat the area to help prolong the results of your Botox treatment, and keep your refreshed appearance.
Are there any side effects?
If you go to a skilled physician, the most common side effect will be the need for a “touch up” or appearance of a small bruise from the needle. Some redness and swelling could also occur around the injection sites. All of these issues clear up quickly, if they occur. A novice physician could place the medicine into the wrong muscle or use the wrong concentration of medicine causing it to spread to a muscle that you don’t want weakened. For example, an eyelid muscle could weaken and a mild droopy eyelid or eyebrow could occur. An experienced doctor places the most effective amount of medicine into just the right spots. Of course, some people need a stronger dose than others, so if the minimum amount doesn’t work; you go back for more. It’s better to go back for more than risk getting too much and having a droop. In order to be certain that the medicine stays in the right spot you may be asked not to rub or massage the injected areas for four hours.
The best and worst thing about Botox® and the other Botulinum neuromodulators is that they are temporary. If you don’t like the results, it wears off in about 3 months, on the other hand, if you love the results, you will need to do it again in another 3 months. Actually, it seems that people who regularly receive Botox® find that the interval between treatments lengthens – even up to 6 months.
Other Uses for Botox®
Some of the “side effects” of wrinkle injections have turned out to be great new uses for the medication. Researchers, including Dr. Spiegel, noticed that some of their patients with migraine headaches who received Botox® for forehead wrinkles had a dramatic improvement with their headaches. In one study, nearly 80% of migraine sufferers claim that the number and severity of their headaches had been cut in half. In fact, more than 50% of the study participants stopped having any headaches for three months or longer! Just think, you can look better AND feel better! Even excessive sweating can be greatly reduced by botulinum neuromodulator injections directly into the overactive sweat glands. All of this has been very exciting for physicians who are continuing to find new applications for this miracle medication.
Botox for Men
Are you male and interested in Botox® injections? Here is some additional information:
Botox Before & After
Other Options for Wrinkle Reduction
There are several different botulinum options including Xeomin®, Dysport® and Jeuveau®. These products are similar to Botox® and are also used to temporarily weaken facial muscles. Some people have better or faster results with one product versus another, and our experts can help you determine the right medication for you during your Botox consultation in Boston.
The Cost of Botox
The cost of your Botox® treatment in Boston can vary based on several factors including the number of areas on the face to treat to get you the beautiful results you want. Our patient relations team members can answer questions about the expected cost of your treatment before or during your consultation.
The Expertise of Dr. Spiegel
You may see that your general doctor, gynecologist, or local skin care center offers Botox® injections. At The Spiegel Center we have only experts in facial anatomy and doctorate level people doing the treatments. You have only one face, and you deserve to have an expert do the treatment. Botox® is like paint. Some people are able to create a beautiful masterpiece, others just make a mess. We’re the masters.
Request Your Consultation Today
Want to learn more about our Botox® treatments? Make an appointment with The Spiegel Center at our Newton, Massachusetts office just outside of Boston to discuss your options and find the best fit for you! Call 617-566-3223 or email [email protected] and someone from our office will be happy to get in touch with you.
Source: I Had an Amazing Experience at The Spiegel Center!
Had a great visit at the Spiegel Center last week! Dr. Onir and her team are the best!!! I got Botox® and am loving the results. Uzma was wonderful and helped me with getting some new skin care products which I absolutely love! Cannot wait for my next visit!
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