BOTOX® Cosmetic (Injectable Wrinkle Relaxer with Botulinum Toxin) – Boston, MA

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About BOTOX

To help turn back the hands of time and to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming on the upper section of the face, Back Bay Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA is proud to offer BOTOX to local men and women. This nonsurgical procedure provides gorgeous results and is extremely popular among both men and women. BOTOX can make a big enhancement to lines and wrinkles, which are created by making expressions with the muscles contracting on the upper face. The lines may or may not disappear as the face relaxes. BOTOX is a filtered strain of botulinum toxin (type A) that temporarily blocks the movements of the muscle. To modify these lines, BOTOX is injected to soften the skin. BOTOX is most commonly placed by plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio between the brows, on the Crow's feet, and along the forehead.

Ideal Candidates

BOTOX is ideal for individuals who want to smooth the appearance of lines on their face nonsurgically. BOTOX is also used as a preventive treatment even if you are younger — keep in mind how often you tend to make facial expressions. It is a great nonsurgical approach if you have forehead lines or noticeable furrows between the brows. It's also a solution for lines that form around the eyes. If you have deeper lines, an injectable filler may be recommended. Furthermore, if you are older with severe wrinkles, you may opt for a facelift. This offers a more dramatic result, and it is more long-term. Back Bay Plastic Surgery offers facelifts and eyelid surgeries as great options.

Procedure Technique

BOTOX injections are done as an outpatient procedure directly at Back Bay Plastic Surgery. If it is your first time to visit us in Boston, MA for BOTOX, we may perform the injection during the same appointment as your consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio. You will be asked to make various facial expressions using the upper face, such as squinting, frowning, etc., which will allow us to mark where the injections are to be placed. The skin will be cleansed and BOTOX will be injected through a fine needle, followed by a cold compress to help decrease discomfort, swelling, and bruising. You can request a numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable, but it generally is not necessary. BOTOX injections typically take about 10 – 15 minutes, and you can return to your normal activities almost right away.

What to Expect

After the injection, you can resume your typical activities, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 24 hours. You will be asked to sleep upright for the first night and to not touch your face, which may accidentally spread the treatment to other areas. The treated areas of the face may be slightly bruised, red, or swollen for a few days, but you will not experience any severe or lasting side effects. In most cases, it takes about 5 – 7 days before the full effects of BOTOX are visible. The results typically last 3 – 4 months. You should speak to your injector about how often to schedule touch-up appointments at Back Bay Plastic Surgery to maintain your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does BOTOX cost?
Your cost for a BOTOX treatment will depend on how much product is used. This will vary based on your needs and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will create your personal treatment plan before he can estimate your costs. BOTOX can produce great results when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Del Vecchio, but it can also be unsafe if done by someone without training, which is why it's better to avoid places offering cheap or knock-off injections. To save money, ask about the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program so you can earn points for BOTOX treatments and other Allergan products, like Juvéderm.

How long will my results last?
The results from BOTOX can last up to four months. Most patients schedule an appointment every season to refresh their results, but you may want to come back sooner. If you are getting BOTOX while you are younger as a preventive treatment, you may be able to schedule appointments further apart. After listening to your goals and creating your treatment plan, Dr. Del Vecchio will be better able to estimate when you should schedule your next appointment.

What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX) and wrinkle fillers (like Juvéderm) are both popular cosmetic treatments that decrease wrinkles and smooth fine lines. BOTOX relaxes overused facial muscles that cause wrinkles, like frown lines (between the eyebrows), Crow's feet (in the outer corners of the eyes), forehead wrinkles, and smile lines. Wrinkle fillers add volume under the skin to correct hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. Depending on your goals, Dr. Del Vecchio may recommend BOTOX, injectable fillers, or a combination of both for a "liquid facelift."

Is BOTOX safe?
When administered properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication, like Dr. Del Vecchio. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled plastic surgeon will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today, it is safe and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to cosmetic uses, BOTOX is also used to treat medical conditions, such as facial spasms, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking, and migraines.

Just Express Yourself

With BOTOX, you can laugh, smile, frown, and make any other expression you want without getting fine lines and wrinkles. To smooth and prevent lines on the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation with seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio in Boston, MA to learn more about this amazing nonsurgical injectable. We look forward to meeting you and helping you attain your aesthetic goals.

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