What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. BOTOX® Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the brows. Botox is also used to temporarily smooth horizontal lines across the forehead that appear when eyebrows are raised and the crow’s feet that appear when smiling.
One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within days there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows to form over time.
In 2005, almost 3.3 million procedures were performed with FDA-approved Botox Cosmetic.
There’s only one Botox Cosmetic. Call (509) 735-1186 to set up your free consultation to see if Botox Cosmetic is right for you!
How much does Botox cost?
Pricing is $12 per unit. Average use per treatment ranges between 20-30 units. Patients can also participate in Botox’s Brilliant Distinction Program to earn points for future Botox treatments.
Botox: Myths vs. Facts
Myth: Botox is Plastic surgery.
Fact: Botox is not surgery.
Botox cosmetic is an injectable purified protein. Very low doses are given in a simple, five-minute nonsurgical procedure. A few tiny injections are given directly into the overactive muscles that cause those stubborn “number 11” frown lines between the brows to relax them. Because the needle is ultrafine, the treatment is almost completely painless. Botox is typically a “no down-time” procedure with no signs of treatment visible to others immediately after the treatment. Frown lines relax over the next 1–10 days, giving a more pleasant, less tired appearance. Because treatments are so quick, Botox can be a “lunchtime” procedure for many professional men and women on a work-limited time schedule.
Myth: Botox is unsafe.
Fact: Botox has been FDA approved for therapeutic use in the US for 17 years.
Initially used to treat spastic muscles, Botox was first noticed to have cosmetically pleasing wrinkle reduction side effects by Dr. Jean Carruthers, a Canadian ophthalmologist. She and her husband, a dermatologist, began using Botox for wrinkle reduction with popular results. The practice became widespread in the US when the same formulation received FDA approval in 2002 for the treatment of frown lines between the brows. Popularized media horror stories, such as the 2004 Florida paralysis case, did not actually involve Botox. They were caused by the use of an illegal home-brewed concoction used by untrained personnel. It would take the equivalent of 500 Botox treatments at once to have the potency of the dangerous, illegal drug version. Word to the wise: don’t ever agree to a “Botox” treatment at someone’s house or in another country. The real Botox— the safe, FDA approved medication — is only available in a qualified doctor’s office.
Myth: Botox will give you a frozen or scarred face.
Fact: Media images of scarred or deformed celebrities are usually the result of a plastic surgical procedure, such as a face lift, gone awry.
Botox is not surgery, and scarring or deformity would be nearly impossible. A properly administered Botox treatment by a qualified professional should never leave you expressionless, either. In fact, at our practice, Botox treatments are tailored to account for different treatment results or tastes, leading to a more natural result. Botox only relaxes the muscles it is injected into. No “freezing” is involved. Botox results last about three to four months. Most people choose to continue treatments to maintain their results of a smoother, relaxed, happier-appearing brow.
Myth: Skin creams can do the same thing as Botox.
Fact: No skin cream, no matter the claim, can relax the powerful, overactive frown muscles. Only Botox can do that.
Myth: Only the “rich and famous” get Botox.
Fact: Botox is the most popular physician administered cosmetic procedure in the US.
Millions of people, maybe even your friend, neighbor, or boss, use Botox every year. 44% of Botox users are from households making under $100,000 a year, and most patients are working mothers between 40 and 55 years old, according to a recent nationwide survey. Interestingly, many Botox patients seen report some pleasantly unexpected side effects of Botox treatments. These include relief from chronic headaches, and a happier overall attitude. Headaches triggered by muscle tension of the brow could obviously benefit by muscle relaxation at the site. But how could Botox affect mood? No one knows for sure, but there are a couple theories. The intended result of Botox is to change the physical appearance of the face from a “frowning” to a “relaxed” expression. This change is often perceived by both the patient and others as a change to a less angry, more pleasant attitude. Other people may even treat you differently based on this subconscious perception. Additionally, fascinating recent studies have shown that motor movements associated with an emotion become ingrained with our emotional wiring. Triggering these movements triggers the emotion. It would make sense that relaxing the muscles ingrained with anger or frustration just may reduce our experience of these emotions as well. Further research is definitely warranted. In the meantime, the smooth, naturally relaxed appearance Botox can give is reward enough.
Botox treatment for excessive sweating
We also use Botox as a medical treatment for patients with hyperhidrosis.