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Cosmetic Injectables (Botox®)

Botox® continues to rank as one of the favorite ways to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also helping to prevent the formation of new signs of aging.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that contains small amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. This active ingredient works to relieve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the face by targeting the underlying muscles responsible for the repeated contractions and relaxing them in a controlled manner while reducing muscle activity in the facial area. Botox is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to also treat crow’s feet and forehead lines.

How much do injectables cost?

At Optimal U, Dr. Tse offers the following injectable and filler treatments:
  • Botox® … $12/unit
  • Juvéderm Ultra XC® … $675/syringe
  • Juvéderm Volbella® … $480 (half syringe)/ $675 (syringe)
  • Juvéderm Voluma® XC … $725/syringe
Save with a Refresh Package Botox® (30 Units) + HydraFacial (Series of 3) … Save $50 Save with a Renew Packages Botox® (30 Units) + Juvéderm Volbella (1 syringe) … $955 Botox® (30 Units) + Juvéderm Ultra XC (1 syringe) … $955 Botox® (30 Units) + Juvéderm Voluma (1 syringe) … $975 Additional syringes of Juvéderm … $50 OFF standard price

The Right Approach for You

During your consultation, we’ll carefully evaluate your target areas and design a specific plan based around your personal goals. For the very best results, Dr. Tse may also recommend combining Botox with another minimally invasive facial treatment like dermal fillers.

What Are Treatments Like?

Treatments with Botox typically only take about 10 to 15 minutes to perform. Injections are relatively painless, with some patients only reporting a pinching sensation at the injection site. For further comfort, a topical numbing cream may be applied prior to your treatment.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is an effective yet temporary solution to rejuvenating your upper facial features. On average, treatments with Botox usually last anywhere from three to six months, and can be performed two to three times a year to keep the signs of aging at bay.

Is There Any Downtime?

There is little to no downtime or recovery period associated with Botox. Following your session, you can immediately return to work or your normal daily activities. Dr. Tse will provide you with any specific aftercare guidelines to ensure the best results.

When Will I See Results?

You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours after treatment with Botox. Your moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines will start to soften and smooth out as the underlying muscle activity is reduced. In the following weeks, you’ll begin noticing gradual improvements in the look of your skin. Surface lines and wrinkles will continue to fade, restoring a naturally youthful appearance.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?

Side effects of Botox injections are minimal. Most patients may see some bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injections were given, but those symptoms typically subside fairly quickly after the procedure. There were some other side effects that were observed in clinical trials: three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines and one percent of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet. Other possible adverse effects such as dry mouth, tiredness, headache, neck pain, eye problems, muscle weakness, and allergic reactions can occur. Certain medications may negatively interact with Botox as well, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. It’s very important that you discuss all of the medicines and treatments you use with your provider to ensure a healthy Botox experience.

Other Uses

  • Botox is the first and only FDA-cleared preventive treatment for chronic migraines.
  • Injections with Botox can alleviate urinary incontinence by relaxing the bladder and allowing it to store more urine. It can also address other OAB symptoms such as the strong need to urinate with leakage, urgency, and frequency in adults.
  • Botox can relieve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by temporarily blocking the chemical signals that stimulate the sweat glands in the armpits.
  • Botox can also be prescribed to treat severe, uncontrollable spasms and stiffness in the neck muscles, called “cervical dystonia (CD)”. CD can make those muscles tighten, forcing your head into an abnormal and painful position. Botox is injected directly into muscles to alleviate the pain and make them relax.

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