To help turn back the hands of time or to avoid lines and wrinkles from occurring on the upper section of the face, Iowa Face + Body in West Des Moines, IA is pleased to offer BOTOX to area patients. This nonsurgical treatment offers gorgeous results and is extremely popular among both women and men. This injectable can make a big improvement in dynamic lines and wrinkles, which are created by facial expressions made by contracting muscles on the upper face. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but the static lines can still remain. This muscle relaxer is a filtered strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the muscle to soften these lines. BOTOX is most commonly administered via careful injections between the brows, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and along the forehead.
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BOTOX injections are ideal for patients who want to nonsurgically smooth out the visible look of dynamic lines on the upper face. For some patients, the results are so dramatic that they appear years younger. BOTOX is also used as a preventive anti-aging treatment. Even if you are younger, keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It is a great, noninvasive approach if you have forehead wrinkles or noticeable furrows between the brows. It is also a solution for lines that form around the eyes. If you experience more severe or deeper lines, an injectable dermal filler may be recommended.
BOTOX injections are available as an outpatient procedure at Iowa Face + Body in West Des Moines. If it is your first time to visit our office to get BOTOX, we often perform the treatment during the same day as your initial consultation. You will be asked to make different expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to plan where the injections will be placed. Your face will be prepared, and the BOTOX will be injected through a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help lessen swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it is usually not necessary. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, and you may return to your usual activities after a short rest.
What to Expect
Following the injection, you can resume your daily activities, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 24 hours. You will be advised to sleep upright for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can be slightly bruised, swollen, or red for a few days, but you should not experience any serious or long-lasting side effects. In most cases, it usually takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX are visible. The results typically last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to your BOTOX injector about when to make touch-up appointments at Iowa Face + Body to maintain your results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does BOTOX cost?
Your cost for a BOTOX treatment will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, we will create your custom treatment plan and then discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces wonderful results when injected by an experienced practitioner or aesthetician. However, it can also be dangerous if performed by someone who doesn't have the experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you'd like to save money, ask for more information on the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, which allows you to earn points for BOTOX treatments and other products from Allergan, including Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
The results from BOTOX may be visible for as long as four months. Usually, patients schedule an appointment every quarter to refresh their results; however, you may want to come back earlier. If you're using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule appointments further apart. After hearing your concerns and creating your BOTOX plan, we will be better able to tell you when you should make your next visit.
What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (including BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (including Juvéderm) are both popular cosmetic procedures that decrease wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create dynamic wrinkles, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Wrinkle fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. Depending on your goals, we may suggest BOTOX, injectable fillers, or a "liquid facelift," which combines both.
Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is administered correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it's still very important to find someone with experience injecting BOTOX. Too much of the product may cause bad results. An experienced injector will apply the right dose to safely relax the facial muscles causing the unwanted wrinkles without affecting nearby muscles. BOTOX is quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments. It is considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.
Express Your true self
Don't worry! You can smile, laugh, frown, and make any other face you want without developing lines and wrinkles with BOTOX injectable treatments. To smooth and prevent lines on the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Iowa Face + Body in West Des Moines, IA to learn more about this amazing nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.