For over 20 years Botox® has been recognized for the effectiveness to treat wrinkles. Similar to Kleenex and Tylenol Botox® is fast becoming a household name. In 2015, over 4.2 million Botox® treatments were performed, being the top non-surgical procedure in the U.S. Its popularity grown 21% since 2014. Having said that, Dr. Beber finds that his patients and the general public often are confused with the difference between Botox® and Injectable fillers.
Botox® also know as Botulinum toxin is a purified protein derived from Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium was discovered and studied worldwide since 1895. Today, Botox® is used to improve dynamic moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face. There are two kinds of wrinkles; dynamic and static. Knowing the two different types of wrinkles will determine what we can use to improve the wrinkles whether it would be Botox® or injectable fillers. For example, dynamic wrinkles move with facial expression hence we would use Botox® to block the movement. These wrinkles are commonly wrinkles on the frowns, crow’s feet and forehead. Static wrinkles are lines and depressions that does not move with facial expression. For example, we use injectable fillers on the smile lines and marionette wrinkles. Commonly injectable fillers are used to add volume in the cheeks, jowls and / or lips. Often both Botox® and injectable fillers are used together. When Botox® and dermal fillers use together, this is commonly referred to a Softlift® treatment.
Areas where Botox® can be used are the forehead lines, frown lines, brows, crow’s feet and the nose (bunny lines). Botox® works by blocking the signal from the brain to the muscle thereby preventing the muscle from making the movement. Botox® has been approved by FDA and Health Canada for the treatment of frown lines. Botox® and Botox injections are safe treatments when performed by an experienced physician. Dr. Beber has been providing Botox treatment for over 10 years.
One of the most common questions patients ask is how much does Botox cost. Botox® is charged by units. The muscles on the face, depending on where it is on the face will require a certain amount of Botox® units to prevent it from making movement. For example, for the frown lines, the amount of units needed range from 25 units to 45 units depending on how deep the wrinkles are. During your consultation, Dr. Beber will make assessments and will let you know how much Botox® is required. At Dr. Beber’s office the cost per unit for Botox is $13.
Two weeks before your Botox® treatment, it is recommended that you do not take blood thinners such as Advil, ibuprofen, supplements such as vitamin E, fish oil, garlic, and ginseng. If you are unsure if what you are taking could be a blood thinner please check with your pharmacist, family physician or call our office and to make sure it is safe to stop the medications.
After your Botox® treatment, it is recommended that you refrain from vigorous exercise for the day, do not rub and put pressure on the treatment area and do not bend over for 4 hours (bend at the knees).
For more information on Botox® and how it can help you feel your best, call Dr. Beber at 416.466.5023 for a personal consultation.