What is Botox?

Botox is a protein derived from a bacterium. The protein blocks nerve impulses from the nerve to the muscle, resulting in decreased muscle activity. Because many of the lines in the upper face are due to muscle activity, treatment results in fewer lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead region.

What areas are treated with Botox?
The forehead (horizontal forehead lines and “frown lines”) and the areas around the eyes (“crow’s feet”) are the most commonly treated areas. Small amounts are sometimes used in the area around the mouth for so-called “lipstick” lines.

Is Botox safe?
Some people have concerns because Botox is derived from a bacterium than can cause severe illness. Botox itself, however, contains no live bacteria and the strength of the product is very consistent. Dr Falconer will discuss potential risks prior to treatment. Let’s just say he is a firm believer in the safety of Botox.

What happens during a Botox treatment?
Botox is given as a series of injections into the affected areas. While the “needle-phobic” among you may find this alarming, the use of tiny needles and gentle technique results in very little discomfort. Some measures such as ice or numbing creams have been used to decrease discomfort but most patients just say “let’s be done with it”. With repeated treatment and less fear of the unknown, patients typically report less anxiety and discomfort with each treatment.

When do I see results?
Botox typically starts to work in 3 days. By seven days the full effect is usually seen. This means softer lines around the treated areas. After several weeks, the lines that are seen at rest will show further improvement because of the decreased “accordion effect” provided by less muscle activity.

How long does Botox last?
As a conservative estimate, patients can expect three or more months of benefit from a single treatment. With subsequent treatment, the results are longer lasting- up to six months. Many people wait until their Botox has completely “worn off” before having another treatment. Most patients have some areas where the muscle activity returns earlier than other areas. Dr Falconer encourages patients to come in for a “touchup” to keep everything in balance. This has two benefits: A) patients can be treated conservatively in order to keep a natural, “non-frozen” look, and B) patients maintain a consistent look without the ups and downs that can happen with more sporadic treatment. Because treatment is based on the number of units used, this method is often less expensive than letting the Botox completely “wear off”.

How much does Botox cost?
Because Dr Falconer is conservative in using Botox, initial treatment costs around 200-250 dollars. Subsequent treatments are often around 100-150 dollars, but may be much less if a limited amount is needed. Some patients come in for as little as 40 or 50 dollars’ worth of treatment . We have no problems with seeing you for a small amount of treatment. This is often the best way to maintain natural, consistent results. (for those well-informed consumers, the charge is 10 dollar per unit of Botox)