Category: Botox

How Much Should Botox Cost?

How Much Does Botox Cost?

Botox is the most popular brand of anti-aging and age reduction injectable used by medspa professionals. It can decrease and slow the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. It provides predictable and subtle results and is the only treatment of its kind both evaluated and approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy. So, what can you expect for Botox cost?

Let’s Talk Local

Dermacare services the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. In our local region, Botox with a qualified injector, uses the appropriate product strength for how strong your muscles are , is generally in the range of $12 to $14 per unit. The overall cost depends on a few important factors, including:

  • How many areas are treated
  • The desired results

Additionally, the cost is impacted by the experience of the injector and location. While Botox is considered a minimally invasive and safe treatment, the experience of the injector and qualifications of the facility offering it are critical to cost, safety, and results.

Be Cautious of Low Botox Cost

Today, almost everyone lives on a budget. It’s hard to prioritize self-care, but anti-aging treatments like Botox has been claimed to improve mood, boost self-esteem, and even offer proven medical benefits. Finding the right fit for your budget is important, but it’s equally important to make the smartest (and safest) investment.

Botox has no antidote (like hyaluronic-based derma fillers do) and only wears off in 2 to 4 months, depending on how the patient’s body metabolizes it. Inexperienced injectors fall on the lowest end of pricing, which can be great for your wallet but not your results. A botched Botox job may not be immediately repaired, and it will be 2 to 4 months before another treatment can be administered.

Medspas that offer groupons and below-market pricing all the time can be high risk. The provider must get the dosing precisely right for you, which demands a highly personalized and customized approach for each patient—factors that impact the cost. Botox is a product, and like any product, there is a cost. Be sure the medspa you choose isn’t skimping.

Our Botox Cost

Quality, safety, and results are at the heart of what we do. Our injectors are some of the most experienced. Not only are our providers highly trained and expertly qualified, but they have 40 years of combined experience injecting Botox and Dysport.

We work to help you make smart investments on a budget, which is why we offer memberships that can save you on Botox and more. You deserve high quality, safety, and results. We deliver!

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What Is Botox?

Most people have heard of Botox, but their knowledge is often limited to promoted stereotypes and, sometimes, misinformation. In this blog, we will explore just what Botox is, how it works, and how it is being used by today’s anti-aging professionals.

The Science

As you age, your face naturally develops lines. These can appear as moderate to severe forehead and frown lines, laugh lines, and crow’s feet. Changing facial expressions causes these lines to be visible.

Botox is used to decrease facial lines and creases, helping the skin appear natural and smooth. It is an injectable treatment made of botulinum toxin

During treatment, a tiny amount of botulinum toxin is injected into specific muscles – the ones that cause undesirable facial lines and wrinkles. Originally used to treat dysfunctional muscles and eyelid spasms, it was realized that patients using the injections had fewer frown lines. Cosmetic uses were then investigated, and Botox as an anti-aging option was born.

How Botox Works

Botox is not a solution for static wrinkles, which are those visible when the facial muscles are relaxed. However, for lines caused or made more prominent by muscle contractions, Botox is a game-changer.

It uses teeny tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin to stop the nerve endings from communicating with the muscle. As a result, the muscle is temporarily paralyzed. Lack of movement prevents the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin smooth and supple.

Botox can be used to decrease the visibility of already existing fine lines and wrinkles, or it can be used to slow the formation of them. 

Botox Uses

Traditionally, Botox has been used for cosmetic purposes. It is the first and only treatment approved by the FDA to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox is the #1 selling treatment of its kind.

Aside from its use as an anti-aging tool, Botox has gotten attention for many other applications. Time Magazine covers this in detail in their story, Botox: The Drug That’s Treating Everything. While it obviously cannot treat everything, it has been shown beneficial for relieving chronic migraines, depression and anxiety, eye twitching, jaw grinding, and more.

All Your Botox Questions Answered

In our upcoming blog series, we will answer the most asked questions about Botox. We will cover things like who is a good candidate, how much Botox costs, the safety of this treatment option, and more.

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Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Botox has preventative and reparative uses. In this blog, we will discuss Botox wrinkle prevention. Is it a myth? Does it work? Should you try it? Let’s find out!

Can Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

In a word, yes. Botox can be used to reduce the visible signs of facial aging. The real discussion is in how Botox prevents wrinkles.

Botox is one of the most well known and used injectable treatments in a dermatologist’s toolbox. Composed of an injection containing a protein of botulinum toxin, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles it encounters. Originally used to decrease muscle spasms, like eye twitches, it was realized that people using it had fewer facial lines and wrinkles.

Men and women can start using Botox as early as their mid-20s in a preventative treatment that some people have started called “baby botox.” By using tiny amounts of Botox, subtle results that delay the formation of some facial fine lines and wrinkles can be achieved. If maintained, wrinkles can be temporarily prevented, allowing patients to retain youthful-looking skin for longer.

Who Should Use Botox?

While Botox can be used to ward off wrinkles, not everyone is a good candidate. Multiple factors need to be considered when deciding if it is the right wrinkle prevention option for you.

It is equally important to pick the right provider for Botox treatments, especially for preventative goals. If administered incorrectly, the results can be unwanted and will take three or more months to wear off.

We know Botox well. Our providers have years of injection experience and are well versed in multiple wrinkle prevention options. Treat yourself to a free consultation where we will discuss your cosmetic goals, skin health, and unique needs. Let us put the revitalizing spa in medspa and help you kick some stress and age gracefully.

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Botox is an anti-aging treatment. It reduces the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth and on the forehead. Traditionally, men and women in their 30s and 40s were considered prime candidates for Botox. However, people in their mid-20s seeking to slow signs of visible aging have started getting Botox treatments, and the treatment has been coined “baby botox.”

What is “Baby Botox”?

Botox has preventative capabilities. “Baby Botox” is a pet-name that some practices use when describing a treatment strategy where Botox is used in smaller amounts to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, which can contribute to the formation of laugh and frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

“Baby Botox” is great for younger people who don’t want major changes to their faces or are seeking to slow the formation of facial wrinkles. Smaller amounts of Botox are used and placed in smaller, more targeted areas to achieve subtle results.

Who Can Use Botox?

There is no age limit on who can use Botox, but there are some factors that make it a better fit for some patients. For example, the predictable and subtle results combined with a relatively low maintenance upkeep schedule make it a great choice. For others, especially those with static lines and wrinkles, it may not be the right choice to achieve their desired results.

You can defy your age and make it just a number by showing your skin some love. We can help you determine which options, from injectable Botox to laser treatments, are right for you.

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

You met with your provider for your initial consultation. After deciding Botox was right for you, your initial treatment was scheduled. You have received your first treatment from a board-certified practitioner. You are seeing results, and they are good. How long can you expect Botox results to last, and what kind of maintenance should you expect to sustain maximum results?

Botox Results Timeline

As we previously discussed, Botox results can take anywhere from 5 to 7 days to start noticing results, with the full effect in 2 weeks to become visible. In most cases, the results last 3-4 months.

Maintaining continuous benefits requires treatments at regular intervals. Your treatment schedule is likely to be once every three or so months, and you can always consider scheduling a session before a special event.

Botox Results Are Not Permanent

Your lines and wrinkles will slowly return over time, especially if you decide to discontinue treatment. You and your provider will work together to find a balance between maintaining your desired results and other wrinkle softening treatments.

While typical patients return for injections every three or so months, some patients opt for a four to a six-month maintenance schedule. Many factors contribute to the development of your unique routine. At DermacareHR, we provide memberships that offer a discount on Botox and other injectables. The amount of the discount depends on the membership level and can save you up to $2 per unit. Your provider will help you choose the plan best for your needs.

Botox Results: When Will I See Them?

When Will I See Results from Botox?

Visible Botox results vary from person to person. Most patients see minor results, on average, 5 to 7 days after treatment. However, Botox takes up to 14 days to fully activate. While some patients see changes rapidly, maximum results can take up to 2 weeks from the initial treatment to be fully realized. 

Are Botox Results Immediate?

No. Results are not usually visible the same or the next day. 

It takes time for the Botox injections to kick in because the Botox binds at a connection point between muscles and nerves called the motor endplate. Injections are absorbed by the nerve cells first and take time to work into the muscles. Once the targeted muscle groups stop contracting, the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin lessens. 

Maximum results can take up to 14 days to be achieved. Still, it depends on how much time has passed since the initial treatment, among other factors.

What Do Botox Results Look and Feel Like?

“Right after I get my Botox, I feel like I pay attention to how much movement I can—or can’t—see a little more because I’m super excited about my results! But typically, I experience less and less movement over a period of a few days. And then, about two weeks later, I remember to notice, and I can see the lines softened around my eyes and forehead—and that’s what I love about my Botox treatments!” – Dermacare Patient, age 43 

Botox softens lines and wrinkles by suppressing the movement of targeted muscle groups. The result is smoother and refreshed looking skin with fewer and lighter lines. You may feel a slight heaviness or tight sensation that will subside in 1 to 2 weeks.

If you are concerned about your Botox results, contact your provider.

Does Botox Hurt During or After Treatment?

Does Botox Hurt?

Everybody reacts to discomfort differently. What one person describes as a “tickle,” someone else may think of as a “sharp pain.” What one person feels every second of may not even phase someone else. Does Botox hurt? It really depends on you.

What We Use

Our Botox injections are administered using very fine, high-quality needles. Also, our providers are extensively trained and experienced in managing injectable treatments.

You may feel slight pinches with some sticks, or you may not feel anything at all. Sensitivity depends on you and the injection site. 

Our high-quality tools and extensive experience help to reduce discomfort. Numbing agents can also be used if you are worried about pain.

After Botox

The targeted area may have slight bruising or minor bleeding after treatment. It may also be a little red. You may begin to notice results a few days after treatment when the muscles in the treated area relax.

Tackling Anticipation

The anticipation of possible discomfort is often the most challenging obstacle for some patients. As a first-time client, you are likely contemplating a lot of “what if” scenarios. The best way to tackle pre-procedure jitters is to discuss them with your provider.

You may find yourself wondering, “Oh my, does Botox hurt?” Ask this question during your initial consultation. It will tip off your provider to your concerns early on, and don’t worry! It is very common for patients to worry about pain and discomfort. In many cases, the anticipation is the worst.

What Does a Botox Treatment Look Like?

What Does a Botox Treatment Look Like?

Are you thinking about trying Botox for the first time, or do you have an appointment already scheduled? Either way, you are probably wondering what to expect during your Botox treatment.

If you do not have an appointment already scheduled, then the first step is a consultation. At DermacareHR, we offer a free initial consultation combined with a complete computerized 3-D skin analysis (a $150 value). This step allows our specialists to determine whether Botox is right for you.

Previewing Your Botox Treatment

A typical treatment takes about 20 minutes. It usually begins with your specialist reviewing what was discussed at your consultation. They will cover your treatment areas and ideal dosage.

Next, your specialist will carefully identify and mark the areas to be treated. They will use an alcohol and hypochlorous acid prep. If discomfort is a concern, ice packs or cold roller may also be applied.

Our highly trained and qualified providers have over 40 years of combined experience injecting Botox (and Dysport). You can rest easy knowing you are in the most capable of hands.

After prep, your provider will use a micro-needle to inject your Botox treatment directly into the target areas. Multiple injections are typically used in each area.

Finally, ice and pressure are applied to the treated areas to reduce post-procedure swelling and discomfort. You will then receive aftercare instructions and be able to return to most of your normal activities immediately after your visit.

To maintain the desired results, don’t forget to schedule your next appointment.

Is Botox Safe for Me?

Is Botox Safe for Me?

Have you Googled this question? Maybe that’s how you landed here. We’re glad you did because our staff has extensive Botox experience. Not only do some of our providers use it, but they also administer it to patients. Who better to discuss the topic, Is Botox Safe, than the experts?

It Starts With a Consultation

The safety of any medical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, varies patient to patient. Botox is recognized as a safe injectable, and it has a longstanding history dating back to the 1980s when both men and women became obsessed with its anti-aging benefits.

It isn’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. While no studies have indicated an increased risk for such patients, specialists prefer to be cautious.

During an initial consultation, your provider will determine if you are a good candidate based on your medical history and desired results.

Isn’t Botox a Toxin?

You may have seen some online articles identifying Botox injections as toxic or poisonous. Here are the facts:

  • Botox is an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin type A.
  • Botulinum is the same toxin that causes botulism, a life-threatening form of food poisoning. However, this results from large amounts of toxin. 
  • When injected in small, targeted doses, this toxin is safe to use. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting, thus reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Botox is technically a neurotoxin, but studies show regular treatments can do more than produce desired cosmetic results. Regular treatments with the neurotoxin can potentially enhance mood, fight depression and anxiety, and even decrease headaches, but research and evidence of these possible benefits is limited.

Is Botox Safe for Me?

During your consult and medical assessment with DermacareHR, our Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will determine if Botox is safe and appropriate for you. Contact us today to get started.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Botox injections are used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles found on the face and neck. Anyone who wants to soften and/or prevent excessive lines from deepening is a good candidate for Botox. However, there are a few factors that contribute to a patient being one of the best candidates.

The 2 Best Candidates

Botox temporarily weakens the muscles in the treated area. As a result, the lines and wrinkles caused by the contraction of these muscles is reduced. The best cosmetic candidates can be broken down into two general categories:

  • Preventative
  • Reparative

Preventative Botox is typically used for patients in their 20s to 30s who want to prevent extensive lines from becoming engrained. Both men and women can benefit. Preventative care works to slow to the appearance of natural age lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.

Reparative Botox is essentially when Botox is used to reduce the appearance of already present and deepening age lines and wrinkles. Many patients do not consider Botox until they notice these signs of aging. Injections can help “turn back the clock” by smoothing or decreasing the depth of lines and wrinkles.

Added Botox Benefits

Not only can Botox safely and effectively reduce the appearance of aging, but some patients find they benefit from fewer headaches after the Botox sets in. In fact, the American Migraine Foundation endorses Botox as a potential aide in reducing headaches. It is also FDA approved to treat chronic migraine in adults age 18+.

Is Botox right for you? Leverage the incredible value of a free consultation to find out.

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