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How much does botox typically cost?

How much does botox typically cost?

Botox is an innovative cosmetic treatment that temporarily reduces wrinkles in the upper half of the face.  If you are starting to explore botox as a treatment option for wrinkles, you are probably interested in finding out how much botox typically costs, and how it works.

How much does botox typically cost?

Botox is generally priced and sold in units, so the exact cost will depend on the number of units required for each treatment area.  The manufacturers of botox recommend a specific dosage of botox for each area, but some patients may need less.  In addition, men typically need more units of botox because they tend to have bigger facial muscles. 

The average cost per unit of botox in New York ranges from $10-$20.  Each treatment area can cost anywhere from $250-$500.

If you need a cost estimate for botox treatment, it is important to consult with a botox provider that has the necessary skill and experience.  A skilled provider will be able to determine how much botox you will need to achieve natural-looking results.

How botox works

Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract and create dynamic wrinkles i.e. forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet.   These wrinkles develop as a result of repetitive facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, and smiling.  The skin loses flexibility over time, and is therefore not able to bounce back easily after these facial expressions are made, and that’s why dynamic wrinkles emerge.   

When botox is injected into the facial muscles it causes them to relax.  The muscle relaxation smooths the overlying skin, and minimizes wrinkles.  

Are you interested in learning more about botox treatment?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the New York, NY area, Manhattan Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at manhattannew.wpengine.com, or by calling (212) 960-8172.

Will botox make my face numb?

Will botox make my face numb?

Botox cosmetic is a popular anti-aging treatment that is used by millions across the world, but despite its effectiveness, botox does have some serious side-effects.  If botox is not administered correctly, it can make the face appear ‘frozen,’ and that’s one reason why people considering the procedure often ask – Will botox make my face numb?

What areas can botox treat?

Botox temporarily improves the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.   During treatment, a small quantity of botox is injected directly into the facial muscles responsible for expression lines, causing the muscles to relax.

Will botox make my face numb?

Botox (botulinum toxin type A), is a neurotoxin that is used as a cosmetic treatment for smoothing dynamic wrinkles.  It works by blocking signals normally transmitted from the nerves to the nearby muscles, and in so doing, prevents the muscles from contracting.   Botox therefore inhibits the movement of the muscles, but it does not make the face numb. 

However, there are potential side-effects of botox, so doctors typically carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the medical history of each patient, to ensure that they are a good candidate for the procedure.  In addition, patients that are allergic to any of the ingredients or preservatives in botox should not get botox injections.

Side-effects of botox

Common side-effects of botox include discomfort at the injection site, dry eyes, dry mouth, blurry vision, tiredness, droopy eyelids, and neck pain.  Some of the more serious side effects include weakening of the associated muscles resulting in difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking.

If you are thinking of getting botox treatment, it’s essential to consult with a physician that is highly skilled, and has a lot of experience administering botox.

Would you like to learn more about botox?

If you are in the Irvine and Orange County, CA areas, contact Kyle Song M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 701-4454.

Am I A Candidate for A Facelift?

Am I A Candidate for A Facelift?

Are you considering having a facelift?  Before you make that decision, you need to determine whether a facelift is the right procedure for you.  It’s therefore a good idea to consult with a plastic surgeon to find out if you would be a good candidate for a facelift.

What does a facelift do?

A facelift reduces visible signs of aging, and gives the face a more youthful appearance.  It addresses sagging in the mid to lower face, minimizes creases and lines around the mouth, and tightens jowls.

Am I A Candidate for A Facelift?

You are likely to be a candidate for a facelift if:

  • You have sagging facial skin.  A facelift tightens loose skin on the face and neck.  
  • Your skin is still flexible and relatively elastic.  Patients with good skin elasticity tend to get better results after a facelift.
  • You are in good overall health and a non-smoker.  Candidates for facelift surgery should not suffer from any medical conditions that could result in complications during or after surgery.  Smokers are also at risk, because smoking can delay the recovery process.  
  • You are in good shape. A facelift is not recommended for people that are overweight, as it may lead to complications.
  • You have realistic expectations. A facelift can deliver striking results when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.  However, a facelift candidate should have the right attitude and expectations, so that they are not disappointed with the outcome.

Would you like to find out if you are a good candidate for a facelift?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford and New Haven, CT areas, contact The Langdon Center for a consultation.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling (203) 408-1396.

How Long Does Botox Last?

How Long Does Botox Last?

Do you want to achieve a younger, more attractive look?  Botox cosmetic is an anti-aging injectable that can give you the youthful appearance you desire, by effectively combating wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. One question frequently asked about botox is – how long does botox last.

Understanding botox

Botox is a neurotoxin that works by blocking the signals sent from the nerves to the muscles.  The muscles won’t contract without these signals, and as they relax, the overlying wrinkles become less visible.  Botox can be used to smooth dynamic wrinkles i.e. forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

How Long Does Botox Last?

When administered by a qualified medical practitioner, botox typically lasts 3-6 months, so if you are looking to botox to improve your look for that special occasion, it is certainly a great choice.  However, injections will have to be repeated to maintain the results because once botox begins to wear off, the muscles will start contracting again.

Factors that affect how long botox lasts

There are several factors that can impact the longevity of botox, including the following.

  • Age: Botox tends to last longer for younger individuals with firm facial muscles, than it does for older people with poor muscle tone.   
  • Gender: Men typically have stronger facial muscles than women, and as a result, botox wears off faster for some men.
  • Lifestyle: Individuals that have a very active lifestyle tend to get more short-term results with botox, due to their higher level of metabolic activity.

Would you like to learn more about botox injectable treatment?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area. 

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 234-7669.

When Can I Return To Work After A Facelift?

When Can I Return To Work After A Facelift?

If you are thinking about having a facelift, the recovery process is probably one aspect of the procedure you are very concerned about.  Above all, you certainly want to know when you can return to work after a facelift, so that you can get the time-off needed to recover fully.  

What can a facelift do for you?

A facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that is designed to reduce signs of aging on the face.  It lifts and tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of folds and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

What to expect after a facelift

Recovery times after facelift surgery varies among patients, as it depends on the extent of the procedure performed.  There is generally some swelling and bruising after surgery, but whereas the bruising typically resolves within 1-2 weeks, it can take several months for the swelling to fully subside.   Patients may also experience some post-op pain, but this can be controlled with prescription medication (learn more). 

When Can I Return To Work After A Facelift?

As long as your job does not involve heavy lifting or strenuous activity, you should be able to return to work about 10-14 days after surgery.  Most of the swelling should be down by this time, so you should feel comfortable going outside. However, if you have a physically demanding job, you may need an additional 1-2 weeks off work.

If you would like to achieve natural looking facelift results that last a long time, it’s important to choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon with the requisite skill and technique.

Are you ready to schedule a facelift consultation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the El Paso, TX area, El Paso Cosmetic Surgery is our featured practice.  

You can reach them at www.elpasoplasticsurgery.com, or by calling (915) 800-0587.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work on All Tattoos?

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work on All Tattoos?

Are you ready to get rid of that bold, multi-colored tattoo that you once thought was so beautiful?  If you are, you certainly must have heard about laser tattoo removal, because it’s the most efficient tattoo removal method.  But does laser tattoo removal work on all tattoos.

How laser tattoo removal works

The laser emits pulses of light energy that target the particles of tattoo ink in the deep dermal layer of the skin.  The large ink particles absorb the laser light, which causes them to shatter into tiny fragments.  The fragments are then removed from the body via the immune system over the following weeks.  The tattoo will gradually become lighter, as more pigments are flushed away.

Does laser tattoo removal work on all tattoos

Laser tattoo removal can work on all tattoos, but some are easier to remove than others.  Dark tattoos are generally the easiest to remove, especially those with black ink, but lighter colors are more challenging to erase. 

When fading multi-colored tattoos, the laser being used must have several wavelengths, as each ink color requires a different wavelength of light.   

If you are considering laser tattoo removal, be sure to select a laser center that uses an advanced system like the PicoSure laser.

How many laser tattoo removal treatments will I need?

It typically takes multiple sessions to fade a tattoo, about 5-10, but this may vary depending on the technology being used.  More and more ink is broken down with each laser treatment, until the tattoo ink is no longer visible.

Would you like to learn more about laser tattoo removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford, CT area, The Langdon Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling 203-717-9592.

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