How Does Botox Work?
Whenever the skin on our face moves, such as when squinting or smiling, the body’s nervous system sends signals to the muscles underneath the skin, called neurotransmitters that cause the overlying muscles (and our skin) to move.
Over time, this constant contraction of the facial muscles is what causes the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox, a form of neuromodulator, is used to block the neurotransmitters that are sent to our facial muscles. By blocking the signals that cause our facial muscles to contract, Botox is able to relax the muscles and, ultimately, reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin.
Where Is Botox Used?
Botulinum Toxin is typically used to reduce wrinkles in between the eyebrows, or the Glabella area, the Forehead as well as the areas around the eyes (commonly referred to as Crow’s Feet). Although the areas from the eyes up is the most commonly placed area for Botox, it can also be used on the lower part of the face. For patients with smoker’s lines, Botox is placed in very small amounts around the mouth to control the contraction and reduce the smoker’s lines.
When the corners of the mouth turn down, Botox can also be placed on a tiny muscle called the depressor anguli oris (DAO) to help turn up the corners of the mouth. This area is best treated in combination with fillers to help add volume to the area as well.
Dimpled chin is another common complain among patients that occurs from over activity of the mentalis muscle. A few drops of Botox in the chin area helps to reduce the dimpled chin.
Another very common area for Botox placement is the neck area. Treatment in this area has been called the Nefertiti lift after the Egyptian queen that was know for her long, smooth neck. There are muscular bands in the neck called the platysmal bands that when over contracted will leave the skin of the neck looking loose. Botox is placed vertically down the length of these platysmal bands to relax those muscles. The results are smooth, tight skin. Wrinkles, and sagging skin of the neck are historically difficult to treat. However, today we combine Botox treatments with radiofrequency skin tightening and PDO threads to help tighten loose, saggy skin without surgery.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
Our Botox treatments are priced at $13 per unit. We do not charge an injection fee.
Botox is typically priced per unit of medicine. The total cost of a treatment depends on how many units a person needs to achieve their desired results. In addition to the number of units, many Botox treatment centers charge an injection fee. Additionally, some treatment centers charge a flat-rate for treating different areas. Because different people require different amounts of Botox for proper treatments, paying a flat-rate to treat a particular area will likely mean that some patients will pay more, and some will pay less, than they would if they paid by the unit.
Most of our patients purchase Botox packages, providing considerable savings on Botox treatments as well as the flexibility to use however many units of medicine whenever desired.
- PAY AS YOU GO- $13 per unit of Botox (Regular Price for 100Units = $1300)
- MONTHLY PAYMENT- $100 per month = $1200 per year (Regular Price = $1300) SAVE $100
- PREPAY FOR ONE BOTTLE OF 100 UNITS- $1100 (Regular Price = $1300) SAVE $200
How Do I Know How Much Botox I Need?
There are several factors that determine the number of Botox units needed for a patient to achieve their desired results. It is important to understand that individual responses to Botox often vary from patient to patient. Some patients simply need a lower number of units than others to achieve proper results.
One common factor that determines the number of required units is the length of time since a patient was last treated with Botox. For example, if a patient had a full response to a Botox treatment several months ago, the dosage required to achieve results may be less than a patient whose last treatment was 12 months ago.
Another common factor in determining a patient’s required number of units is the area being treated; some areas simply require more units on average than other areas. An example of this is underarm sweating, which is a condition commonly treated with Botox. It is not uncommon to use more units of Botox when treating underarm sweating than when using Botox to treat movement lines between the brows.
Finally, some patients want more or less of a specific response than others, requiring different amounts of Botox Units.
Is Botox Right For Me?
Patients typically start by treating the wrinkles on their face they are most concerned with to see the short-term effects and to understand how their bodies react to Botox. The best way to determine whether Botox is right for you is to come into our Miami office for a free consultation.
All Botox treatments at Biscayne Wellness Center in Miami are administered by the one and only, Dr. Julio. Dr. Julio Hernandez has over a decade experience as a facial aesthetic expert. His keen eye for aesthetics and his gentle touch will assure your Botox treatment in Miami are natural and effective. Call today to schedule your free consultation and take advantage of our new patient special where the first 20 units of Botox are just $99. Call today 305-572-1600.
What is Dysport?
Move toward a natural look.
Wrinkles aren’t your style and the “frozen look” isn’t either. For adults who want a natural look, there’s Dysport, a prescription injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Untreated muscles still work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally. It’s the lines that disappear, not your expressions.
And because Dysport delivers the natural-looking results people want, 97% of users say they’d do it again.1 Additionally, Dysport is approved in 57 countries2 and has 25 years of clinical experience worldwide.3* Find out more about Dysport below, including how it works and what you need to know before starting treatment.
*Includes therapeutic and aesthetic uses
How does Dysport work?
One injection. Five points. Loads of confidence.
Dysport treats moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by reducing specific muscle activity. Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means they can even develop in younger adults. One injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In other words, no frozen look, just natural-looking results. You can control your look instead of your look controlling you.
How long does Dysport last?
Forget frown lines between the eyebrows for up to 4 months.
You’ve got better things to do than think about what your frown lines look like. In just one 10- to 20-minute treatment, Dysport may help improve the look of your frown lines between the eyebrows for up to 4 months.† The majority of patients see improvement in just 2–3 days after treatment.4-6** Results of repeat treatments may be comparable to your first use. Another plus? There is little to no downtime after your treatment, which means you can get back to your day faster.
**A secondary endpoint based on Kaplan-Meier estimates the cumulative rate of time to onset of response. The median time to onset of response was 3 days in GL-1 (Dysport 55/105 [52%], Placebo 3/53 [6%] and GL-2 (Dysport 36/71 [51%], Placebo 9/71 [13%]), and 2 days in GL-3 (Dysport 110/200 [55%], Placebo 4/100 [4%]).4-6
†GL-1 and GL-3 evaluated subjects for at least 150 days following treatment. Based on investigator assessment, response was maintained for up to 4 months in both GL-1 (Dysport 24/105 [23%], Placebo 2/53 [4%]) and GL-3 (Dysport 58/200 [29%], Placebo 1/100 [1%]).5-7
Who should use Dysport?
Frown lines between your eyebrows got you down?
Stand up to those lines with Dysport. If you’re under 65 and seeking treatment to improve the look of wrinkles between your eyebrows, Dysport may be for you.
Indication & Usage
XEOMIN® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (CONTINUED)
· Swallowing problems may last for several months. People who cannot swallow well may need a feeding tube to receive food and water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving XEOMIN®have the highest risk of getting these problems.
· Spread of toxin effects. In some cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include:
· loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body
· double vision
· blurred vision and drooping eyelids
· hoarseness or change of loss of voice
· trouble saying words clearly
· loss of bladder control
· trouble breathing
· trouble swallowing
These problems could make it unsafe for you to drive a car or do other dangerous activities.
Active Ingredient: incobotulinumtoxinA
Purpose: acts on nerve endings in muscles to prevent muscle fibers from contracting
Do not use XEOMIN if you are allergic to XEOMIN® or any of the ingredients in XEOMIN® (see the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in XEOMIN®), had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin products such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX®COSMETIC), or abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Ask a doctor before use if you
· have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome)
· have allergies to any botulinum toxin product
· have had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past
· have a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
· have a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs (aspiration)
· have bleeding problems
· have drooping eyelids
· have plans to have surgery
· have had surgery on your face
· are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XEOMIN® can harm your unborn baby.
· are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XEOMIN® passes into breast milk.
XEOMIN® is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN® in the past.
Especially tell your doctor if you
· have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months
· have received injections of botulinum toxin such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC) and abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) in the past. Be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received. The dose of XEOMIN® may be different from other botulinum toxin products that you have received.
· have recently received an antibiotic by injection
· take muscle relaxants
· take an allergy or cold medicine
· take a sleep medicine
· take a blood thinner medicine
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.
Possible Side Effects
XEOMIN can cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. See “Warnings.”
Headache was the most common side effect of XEOMIN for treatment of glabellar lines. Other possible side effects include:
· dry mouth
· discomfort or pain at the injection site
· neck pain
· muscle weakness
· eye problems, including: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. Reduced blinking can also occur. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have eye pain or irritation following treatment.
XEOMIN may cause other serious side effects including allergic reactions.Symptoms of an allergic reaction to XEOMIN® may include: itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of XEOMIN®. For more information, talk to your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at
· XEOMIN® is a shot (injection) that your doctor will give you.
· XEOMIN® is injected into your affected muscles.
· Your doctor may change your dose of XEOMIN® until you and your doctor find the best dose for you.
Inactive Ingredients: human albumin and sucrose
Read the Medication Guide before you start receiving XEOMIN® and each time XEOMIN® is given to you as there may be new information. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive
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