Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Answer: BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. The safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.
BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products, which means that one product cannot take the place of another. Those are a few reasons why there is no such thing as a “generic” form of BOTOX® Cosmetic. There have been no studies to support that other products are Unit-to-Unit equivalent to BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Approximately 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, and millions of people have already made BOTOX® Cosmetic a part of what they do for themselves. Today, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.
Question: Do you use genuine botox?
Answer: Dr. Kris Reddy will only utilize genuine botox.
Why use Genuine Allergan Botox?
- It is well-studied with results and evidence proving its safety and reliability.
- Genuine Allergan Botox is derived from sources that exist in nature.
- It’s a treatment experienced by millions of people.
- It is the first and only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of severe to moderate frown lines.
- Results from this treatment can last up to four months.
- Botox cosmetic follows strict guidelines during manufacturing, storage and transportation reducing the risk of it being compromised; therefore ensuring quality in your procedures.
Question: What is the typical treatment of botox?
Answer: To treat the corrugator muscle and the crow's feet, the normal treatment is 40 to 45 units for a woman. Treatments for men tend to be more units.
Question: What is the goal behind your botox treatments?
Answer: To soften wrinkles but still allow natural facial movement. The results should appear natural with the most frequent remark that you should receive after a botox treatment is that you look refreshed and rested.
Question: Will my results be permanent?
Answer: Botox results should generally last about three to four months, at which time you will need a touch-up treatment to keep wrinkles away. Patients vary and some patients touchup the results every two months and some patients will wait for every six months.
Question: What areas can Dr. Reddy treat with botox?
Answer: The most common areas are frown lines (corrugator muscle), crow's feet, and forehead lines. Other areas are possible as well for the appropriate candidate.
Question: Can Botox be combined with other treatments as well at the same time?
Answer: Dr. Reddy frequently combines botox with other treatments such as dermal fillers (such as juvederm, restylane, and voluma), chemical peels. Laser such the cutting edge Halo Laser can also be used either before the botox treatment or after the botox settles.
Question: What is the recovery time?
Answer: You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after your treatment. Try to avoid putting pressure on the treated areas, laying down, or strenuous activities for the first four to five hours after treatment to prevent the BOTOX from migrating to other areas of your face. Botox will take generally 7 to 10 days to fully activate so a patient will need to plan accordingly.
Question: How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Answer: BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Dr. Reddy will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Question: Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done?
Answer: BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression. The goal is look refreshed not emotionless.
Question: Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?
Answer: Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Dr. Reddy has a special device that can numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, Dr. Reddy may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
Question: What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Answer: Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions.
Question: What are the common misconceptions regarding botox?
1. Botox results are not immediate. Botox results will generally appear in 2 - 10 days. However, each person may experience results differently.
2. The duration of Botox is not permanent. Botox results typically last up to 3 months. However, some people may observe results for a shorter duration.
3. Botox does not arrive immediately prepared for injection. Dr. Reddy does need to mix in order to inject.
4. Botox should not be injected to remove all wrinkles. Botox is designed to reduce (not eliminate) muscle function.
5. Botox does not work on static wrinkles. The purpose of Botox is simply to partially improve or relax dynamic wrinkles.
6. Perfect symmetry with Botox is not possible, and botox may affect facial symmetry.
7. The degree of eyebrow lift using botox can not be controlled and one brow may lift more than the other. Dr. Reddy can not control this.
Question: How long does the treatment take?
Answer: Dr. Reddy will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.
Question: Does non genuine Botox exist in the area?
Answer: Unfortunately, non genuine Botox is becoming an increasing problem in the area. To help combat the problem, Allergan has come out with new packaging. Ensure your injector is an experienced and expert physician injector utilizing genuine product.
Question: How many injections will I receive?
Answer: Dr. Reddy customizes his treatment to a patient’s needs.
For the crow’s feet area, Dr. Reddy may inject 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that frames the side of the eye. This will be repeated on the orbicularis oculi muscle on the other eye.
For the frown lines area, Dr. Reddy may administer 5 injections into muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.
Question: How is botox used versus dermal fillers?
Answer: Botox smoothes fine lines and prevents wrinkles from active muscles in the frown lines, crow's feet and glabella. Injectable fillers fills creases and folds, and adds volume and fullness to areas such as the marrionette lines, nasolabial folds, lipstick lines, lip augmentation, and cheeks.
Dr. Kris Reddy FACS cares for South Florida botox patients including West Palm Beach botox, Palm Beach botox, Wellington botox, Boca Raton botox, Palm Beach Gardens botox, Delray Beach botox, Jupiter botox, and Boynton Beach botox patients and more at his nationally accredited West Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Center!
Kris Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
1501 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
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