What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a neurotoxin that plays a pivotal role in addressing common signs of aging. As facial muscles contract during daily expressions like frowning, raising eyebrows, or smiling, they create wrinkles on the skin's surface. Over time, these wrinkles persist and become more pronounced, particularly in individuals with delicate skin and animated facial expressions.
Both men and women can benefit from Botox injections offered at Criswell & Criswell. With over fifteen years of experience, we have been providing Botox treatments to help our patients achieve a more youthful facial appearance.Botox targets and effectively reduces:
- Transverse Forehead Rhytids: These are forehead lines formed due to muscle contractions
- Glabellar "Frown" Lines: Botox minimizes lines between the brows, often referred to as "frown lines"
- Smile Lines at Eye Corners: Botox treatments also help diminish smile lines at the corners of the eyes, restoring a more youthful appearance
What is the average cost for BOTOX Injections?
The cost of your BOTOX treatment will depend on the areas being treated and how many injections are needed. The price of BOTOX treatments will reflect the number of units injected, which will vary slightly from person to person. The average cost is around $550.
How Does Botox® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX is a swift, non-surgical remedy for wrinkles, ranging from moderate to severe, and even mild to moderate in some cases. Composed of highly refined botulinum toxin protein, BOTOX diminishes muscle activity beneath the skin. Reduced muscle activity leads to diminished frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet around the eyes.
Performed in-office, the treatment involves a few small injections, typically taking just 10-15 minutes. Results are often noticeable within days, with full effects emerging in about two weeks, and may last up to four months, although individual outcomes vary.
This treatment can effectively erase mild to moderate wrinkles, unveiling smoother, younger-looking skin. Our experienced team at Criswell & Criswell customizes treatments to your goals, ensuring you look more refreshed without altering your natural expressions.
BOTOX procedures are generally painless, with any discomfort resembling a minor pinch. Cooling packs or mild medication can be used if needed. There's no downtime, making it perfect for a lunchtime session. While minor bruising or stiffness may occur immediately after, most patients quickly return to their normal activities. Our team at Criswell & Criswell will assist in planning future appointments based on your specific results.
What are the Benefits of BOTOX?
BOTOX is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the USA, with millions of treatments administered each year. The benefits of BOTOX include:
- Effectively reduces wrinkles, including forehead lines, frown lines, and crow's feet.
- Quick, non-surgical procedure with minimal discomfort.
- Results noticeable within days, with full effects in about two weeks.
- No downtime allowing you to resume regular activities immediately.
- Fully customizable and tailored to your goals and areas of concern.
- Maintains your natural facial expressions.
- Results can last up to four months.
- BOTOX can also be used for non-cosmetic purposes such as: chronic migraines, excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis), Bell’s Palsy, hypersalivation (excessive production of saliva), and eyelid spasms.
Who is a Candidate for BOTOX?
Determining whether Botox is right for you involves several key considerations. Candidates for Botox should:
- Are bothered by the appearance of deep forehead wrinkles, crow's feet, frown lines, or creases between brows.
- Have relatively healthy skin, free from infections or severe conditions in the treatment area.
- Are over the age of 18.
- Have realistic expectations and understand that the results aren't permanent.
- Don't have any allergies to Botox or its ingredients.
- Aren't pregnant or nursing.
Botox / Xeomin Before & Afters
Why Choose Criswell & Criswell for Botox® in Charlotte, NC?
With over fifteen years of experience, we are Botox treatment leaders. Our expert team, including our award-winning plastic surgeons Dr. Bryan Criswell & Dr. Kara Criswell, ensures top-quality care. We specialize in natural-looking results tailored to your goals, all while prioritizing your safety. Comprehensive consultations address your questions and concerns. Our stellar reputation reflects our professionalism and patient satisfaction. Choose Criswell & Criswell for a confident journey to a rejuvenated you.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in the body that causes your sweat glands to produce excess sweat even when they're not stimulated by heat or exercise. Your body may produce so much sweat as a result of hyperhidrosis that it soaks through your clothing or drips from the visible surfaces of your face and hands. Not only can this interrupt your daily activities, but it can also cause a great amount of stress and anxiety if you are living with this uncomfortable and embarrassing condition. Those with hyperhidrosis are also prone to skin infections resulting from the excess of moisture constantly present on the surface of the skin.
Treating Hyperhidrosis with BOTOX
Excess sweating is not only an embarrassing condition, but it can greatly interfere with your day to day activities. Thankfully, the FDA has approved the use of BOTOX for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. When injected into the offending sweat glands, BOTOX can provide relief from hyperhidrosis for up to 6 to 12 months.
During the procedure, your area will be anesthetized, or ice will be applied to induce numbing. Your surgeon will then administer a series of injections directly into the sweat glands, limiting the communication they receive through your nervous system. When administered properly, BOTOX blocks the nervous system from signaling the sweat glands to produce sweat. Since the sweat glands will no longer receive this communication, the excess sweating ceases.
How Effective is BOTOX in Treating Hyperhidrosis?
BOTOX is extremely effective in temporarily blocking the cause of hyperhidrosis and has been used to treat it in more than 20 countries around the world. Treatment is most effective when administered by a highly skilled plastic surgeon. At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, you can be sure that your surgeon is extremely experienced and skilled in hyperhidrosis treatment using BOTOX and can administer this effective treatment at our Charlotte, North Carolina clinic in just minutes.
Recovery After BOTOX Injections
After getting your BOTOX injections, you can go right back to your regular daily activities without any recovery time. You will experience some redness and possibly some bruising or swelling, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. These effects fade within hours. Some people experience a headache the first day or two after the procedure, but these are usually mild and short-lived. Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after your injections, and do not touch the injection area. You should start to see results within three to five days, and the full effects should be visible in about ten days, although everyone responds differently.
BOTOX® & Xeomin
As we age, the appearance of our face undergoes both subtle and not so subtle changes. These changes occur slowly over time and generally follow predictable patterns. Understanding these changes, and the factors that speed up and slow down the aging process, is key to maintaining a healthy, youthful appearance, which can be achieved with BOTOX & Xeomin.
We believe that facial rejuvenation involves a holistic approach aimed at maximizing your strengths and improving any existing weaknesses. At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, we offer a complete range of facial treatments and procedures, including BOTOX & Xeomin aimed at restoring and maintaining the look you want. This treatment and maintenance of healthy facial skin can involve a combination of skin care, injectables, and surgery.
The use of BOTOX & Xeomin is designed to improve and restore the youthful, relaxed appearance of your face and forehead. Your plastic surgeon can use BOTOX & Xeomin in combination for multiple areas of concern and can discuss this fully with you during your consultation. As you make facial expressions throughout your normal day, your facial muscles contract, causing the overlying skin to wrinkle. This is quite apparent when most people frown, emphasizing the glabellar frown lines between your eyes.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX in Charlotte, NC at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery
Are BOTOX injections painful?
BOTOX doesn’t require any anesthesia, but a topical numbing cream can be applied if you are sensitive. During the injection, you will feel a stinging or pinching sensation. The needles we use are exceptionally fine, and most people feel little to no discomfort, and the procedure takes only minutes to complete.
How long does BOTOX last?
The effects of BOTOX are temporary. While it varies from person to person, results will typically last for three to six months. Most patients get injections two to four times per year. The number will vary depending on which areas were treated, and how long you have relied on BOTOX to stay looking young. Longer-term use may allow you to need fewer units of BOTOX to maintain your look.
What is the difference between BOTOX and Xeomin?
BOTOX and Xeomin have the same active ingredient. BOTOX includes extra proteins, while Xeomin contains only one component, and is considered the purest of the neuromodulators on the market. Both products work very similarly, are administered in the same way, and last the same amount of time. If you see the results of BOTOX diminishing, you may get better results with Xeomin.
How many injections will I need?
The number of injections needed will vary depending on your specific treatment. About five injections are required to smooth away deeper forehead wrinkles. We will tailor your procedure to achieve the best possible results in your case, and the number of injections varies accordingly.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Most patients tolerate BOTOX well, and adverse effects are infrequent. While BOTOX is considered very safe, there are risks with any procedure. Possible side effects include fever, chills, and infection. We always advise our patients about risks, whether the treatment is surgical or non-surgical. We operate our clinic with the highest standards of hygiene and safety.