What is Botox?
Botox also has a wide application in aesthetics. For example, injections help to facilitate the relaxation of facial muscles. This use is beneficial for making the frown lines, wrinkles, and crow’s-feet less visible. In addition, Botox injections can temporarily improve your physical appearance, and some people view it as a less invasive alternative to plastic surgery.
What are neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators weaken and temporarily relax muscle activity in the face and neck. Botox is the most common and trusted neuromodulator on the market today. Neuromodulators are considered safe and have been part of the aesthetic and beauty scene since receiving FDA approval in 2002. An estimated 11 million people worldwide have received Botox injections, which are popular because they are quick, virtually pain-free, and the results are immediate.
Most patients choose injectables like Botox to treat frown lines, crow’s-feet, and forehead lines. However, they are also used to address non-cosmetic issues like migraines, excessive underarm sweating, muscle stiffness, and eyelid spasms.
How does Botox work?
Botox injections affect how muscle contraction occurs. Naturally, muscle contraction happens when the nerves attached to the muscles release a neurotransmitter (or chemical messenger) called acetylcholine. This chemical binds to the muscle cells receptors causing the muscle to contract. Over time, repeated contractions of specific muscles, such as facial muscles, can cause wrinkles and lines to appear on the skin’s surface.
Botox injections reduce muscle contractions by blocking the signals from nerves to muscles. When the injected muscles aren’t able to contract as tightly, the skin relaxes and softens, improving the wrinkle. Botox can also prevent new wrinkles from forming and is used as a preventative treatment in younger populations but it can also help existing wrinkles from deepening and worsening.
Botox® Treatment FAQs
The best candidates for Botox are in good overall health and have moderate to severe facial wrinkles or folds in areas that Botox can treat, such as around or between the eyes, the forehead, the neck, and mouth.
Botox, like most injectables, is used to restore a youthful appearance to the face or neck and treat issues like fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. In addition, Botox is used to minimize muscle activity and delay the signs of aging.
Botox treatments are quick, require little downtime, and provide noticeable results quickly. Although most patients choose Botox for aesthetic reasons, they serve a medical purpose for some and can help with migraines, excessive sweating, and more. However, the results are not permanent, and repeat injections are needed every four to six months.
The price for each patient is based on the treatment area and the amount of product needed to achieve their optimal results. However, the average price per area is:
- Forehead: $100-$280
- Glabella (the area between the brows known as the ‘11s’): $220-$450
- Crow’s feet: $220-$390
- Vertical lip line/Lip flip: $120-$150
- Mentalis (chin): $120-$150
- Hyperhidrosis (underarm sweating): $500-$700
- Platysmal bands (neck wrinkles): $120-$350
Many patients find optimal results from a combination of treatments to help keep their look natural and their skin healthy. The talented medical staff at Coastal Aesthetics can create a custom treatment plan based on your desired results and needs.
BOTOX can treat a wide variety of areas including:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Chin dimpling
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, such as the armpit)
- Vertical lip lines / Lip flip
- Neck wrinkles
The number of treatments needed and the frequency of those treatments depend on your body chemistry, medical history, and desired results. Like most injectable treatments, Botox is part of an ongoing beauty regimen, which means it isn’t a permanent solution and will require follow-up visits which is typically every 3-4 months.
The appeal of cosmetic injections like Botox is that it provides quick results with virtually no recovery period. However, just like any medical treatment, each patient might respond differently. Although the odds of having an adverse reaction are very low, our medical staff will explain all the risks and possible side effects before you undergo treatment.
Some patients may experience minor bruising or swelling at the injection site which is temporary. We are happy to answer any questions about your injections during your appointment, so you feel prepared and comfortable
Why should I choose Coastal Aesthetics for
my Botox injections?
Owner Kimberlee Smith, FNP, has been working in the medical field for 10+ years and has done extensive research to determine which devices and treatments are safest, FDA approved, and result-driven. Kimberlee and her medical staff have received extensive training from both device companies, Cutera and Alma Lasers, to ensure you have a safe and successful treatment. In addition, Kimberlee works closely with Alma Lasers and has had before and after photos from consented patients published by both companies based upon dramatically successful patient results.
Since 2017, Kimberlee Smith, FNP, and her medical team have served the coastal York, Maine, community. Patients love working with the staff at Coastal due to their acute attention to detail, precision treatment, and attentive patient care. The team seeks to improve upon natural beauty and has an outstanding reputation for excellence.