Man Getting Botox

NEUROTOXIN

Smooth my lines and make people question my age

Also known as Botox, Xeomin, Juveau, Dysport, etc.

If you're feeling as though the signs of aging are starting to show it may be time for a little tox refresh. Neurotoxins temporarily relax the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines caused by expression. Results typically last 3-4 months but vary from person to person depending on your metabolism, exercise regimen, and alcohol consumption. Typical treatment areas can include the forehead, furrowed brow, crow's feet, & lip lines.

HOW DOES TOX WORK?

Neurotoxins are purified proteins derived from botulinum toxin A (there is no active botulinum bacteria in any neurotoxin on the market). Neurotoxins temporarily block certain chemical signals between the nerves and muscles where it is locally injected. When the facial muscles are temporarily paralyzed, the overlying skin can't wrinkle! This is most effective for wrinkle prevention however it is very helpful for the reduction of already established wrinkles (with repetitive treatments). If no repeat treatment is provided, that blockade will gradually wear off and the muscles reactivate back to normal creating full expression and movement again. 

WHEN WILL IT START WORKING?

It can take up to 14 days for you to experience the full effect of the treatment however, many people see effect in 5-7 days.


HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

The average patient will see 3-4 months in duration.  There are patients that may experience longer or shorter durations. Your exercise regimen, smoking, and alcohol intake can affect your metabolism of the product. 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Neurotoxin is charged by the unit. I charge $10/unit and the total cost varies from person to person based on how many units of the product are used. While some women want to just treat the lines between their brows or forehead, other women want a more whole face approach. During your consultation we can discuss your goals and budget to come up with a plan that will work best for you.

WHAT IS PREVENATIVE TOX AND WHEN SHOULD I START?

Our first signs of aging: frown lines, crow’s-feet, and forehead wrinkles form from repetitive muscle movement, which fold or crease the skin.  After repetitive folding the skin forms wrinkles that start out as superficial and soft, later becoming deeper set etched lines. By preventively treating these areas earlier, you can prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place rather than attempting to fix them after they’ve developed which, happens to cost a lot more. Ages range as to when we first start to see fine lines however the average age for preventative treatment is between 25-30 yrs old. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?

You may have bruises and/or raised red areas in the areas treated. The raised red areas will subside in about an hour; bruising may take a few days. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY TREATMENT?

*Avoid aspirin/anti-inflammatory meds or blood thinners (with your provider's approval) for 3-5 days before. 

*Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before

*Avoid waxing, bleaching, hair removal creams, retinol/Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids >10% for 3-7 days before

WHAT SHOULD I AVOID DOING AFTER MY TREATMENT?

Your tox was placed in strategic muscles- do not do anything that might move it into surrounding muscles that it was not intended for- this includes the following:

Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours after your treatment. Use very gentle facial cleansing on the evening of your treatment. NO excessive rubbing.

Do not practice Yoga or any type of strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.

Avoid facials or saunas for 24 hours after your treatment.

Nothing tight on your head/face for 24 hours (goggles, hats, etc) 

Do not have your eyebrows tweezed, waxed, or threaded for 24 hours after treatment.

Do not lie down for 4 hours after treatment

IS THERE ANYONE THAT CANNOT RECEIVE TOX TREATMENTS?

*Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding

*A history of keloid formation/hypertrophic scarring

*Active acne/rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis/psoriasis

*A history of severe anaphylactic reactions/heightened immune response to allergens/ allergies to hyaluronic acid products/or upcoming plans to have  allergy desensitization

*Allergy to eggs

*Anyone receiving anticoagulant therapy, have a bleeding disorder such a hemophilia

*Anyone with connective tissue disorders such as lupus

*Anyone who has received any of the following treatments within the prior 4 weeks: laser, chemical peel, dermabrasion, pulsed light therapy.

*Anyone with a major event/party in the following 2 weeks as bruising can occur