Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is one of the few practices in the Baltimore-Washington corridor where a board-certified plastic surgeon personally performs BOTOX treatments. Why is that important? Dr. Eric Chang’s extensive experience and honed sense of aesthetics enable him to create subtle changes that result in a more youthful appearance that looks natural.
If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and brow making you look older than you feel, we can help. Save $50 on your consultation (regularly $100) by using our online form, or call our office at (410) 740-9330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang.
How Does BOTOX Work?
The active ingredient in BOTOX is a neuromodulator, a type of drug that intercepts signals sent from nerves to muscles. BOTOX Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified form of this drug. When it is injected in precise locations in the brow, between the eyes, or at the corners of the eyes, BOTOX temporarily causes muscles in those areas to relax.
These muscles are used throughout the day to smile, squint, frown, and make other facial expressions. They cause the “dynamic wrinkles” known as crow’s feet and worry lines, which, the more we age, tend to linger even when we aren’t making expressions. By carefully relaxing certain muscles, BOTOX fades those lines without affecting our natural expressions.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX?
Injectable treatments such as BOTOX and dermal fillers are excellent ways to rejuvenate the face for many patients, especially those with good skin tone and elasticity who are just beginning to notice mild signs of aging. BOTOX is best for the dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and brow, and dermal fillers are ideal for wrinkles that develop elsewhere on the face as the skin loses its firmness, such as the nasolabial folds running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Patients with moderate to strong signs of aging, such as a sagging brow or droopy eyelids, usually get better, longer-lasting results through a surgical approach such as eyelid surgery. Dr. Chang can evaluate your skin and talk to you about your lifestyle and goals to determine the best approach for you.
How much does treatment with BOTOX cost?
Each provider sets their price for BOTOX per vial. Depending on the size of the area being treated and if you are treating multiple areas, you may need several vials of BOTOX to get the results you want. For accurate pricing information for your goals, schedule a consultation.
What parts of the face can BOTOX be used on?
Typically, BOTOX is used on the forehead and eye area. It can also be used in other areas, though these are less common. If you are interested in BOTOX for other areas of your face, we are happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
Is BOTOX painful?
Most people report that BOTOX injections are slightly uncomfortable, usually feeling a bit of a pinch. Topical anesthetic can be used to minimize this sensation if you desire. Once the procedure is complete, most people no longer experience any discomfort.
Are BOTOX results immediate?
No, for most individuals, results take 3 to 5 days to begin to show, and the final effects are clear within 2 weeks. If you are aiming to enhance your look before a specific event, be sure to plan accordingly.
How long will BOTOX results last?
The results of BOTOX fade as your body metabolizes the product. This means if you are lucky enough to have a fast metabolism, your results will fade sooner than if yours is slow. In general, results last somewhere between 3 and 5 months after your treatment. You can maintain your results by getting treatments every 3 to 4 months.
What age is best to start BOTOX?
There is no specific age when you should start getting BOTOX injections. Everyone ages at their own pace, and it is also highly individual at what point signs of aging bother you. Some people get BOTOX in their twenties, while others wait until they are in their fifties. However, if you are unhappy with the lines and wrinkles you see in the mirror, you are likely at the right age for treatment.
Is BOTOX considered safe?
Yes, BOTOX is FDA approved for treating lines and wrinkles, which means it has been rigorously tested and found to be overall safe. However, there are certain populations that should avoid BOTOX treatments or approach them with caution. And, of course, you need an experienced provider who understands the safe placement of the injections.
Am I going to lose expression on my face after BOTOX?
BOTOX smooths dynamic lines and wrinkles by paralyzing certain muscles. This can decrease your range of facial expression, but it won’t eliminate it. We can also tailor our approach based on your specific concerns to ensure your face is as expressive as you need it to be.
Do I need to do anything specific after BOTOX treatment?
We will give you clear aftercare instructions to follow post-treatment. This will include exercises that can help BOTOX reach all of the targeted muscles, avoiding rubbing or irritating the area for 48 hours, skipping alcoholic drinks and options for managing bruising.