BOTOX® in Dover, OH

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What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a purified solution derived from the botulinum protein and one of the most extensively studied neuromodulators on the aesthetic market.

Approved by the FDA for the non-surgical relaxation of frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead wrinkles, and Crow’s feet, BOTOX is one of the most popular injectable treatments worldwide. BOTOX treatments at Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dover, OH, can relax and refresh your facial appearance without compromising your natural look.

Unlike many other practices where non-physician injectors may treat BOTOX patients, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon cares for every BOTOX patient at our practice. Dr. David Hartman is an ExpertInjector™, a distinction held by just 3% of the one million doctors in the United States who are approved to perform BOTOX injections.

What Are The Benefits Of BOTOX?

The benefits of BOTOX treatments include:

  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a refreshed, younger look
  • Helps to prevent the formation of new wrinkles and worsening of existing wrinkles
  • Minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment
  • Treatments are quick
  • No downtime or recovery period
  • Less expensive than plastic surgery

How Does BOTOX Work?

Starting in our 20s and 30s, certain muscles of our faces cause the overlying skin to “bunch up” and form “dynamic” (i.e. caused by movement) wrinkles when the muscles underneath contract. BOTOX is carefully injected into key areas to partially weaken the wrinkle-causing muscles while still maintaining facial expression capability.

Neuromodulators such as BOTOX relax or weaken muscles through one simple action: they block the release of the trigger signal or neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine (ACh) from the nerve to the muscle. BOTOX causes absolutely no injury whatsoever to the facial muscle. Likewise, the nerve is not injured. The nerve does, however, require several months to sprout new functioning signal releasers so that the muscle can once again be stimulated to fully contract. During that several-month period, our face will show little to none of the facial wrinkles that cause us to look angry, worried, tired, and older.

Where Can BOTOX Be Used?

BOTOX is used most commonly in the upper part of the face to address:

  • Frown lines, also known as glabellar lines or the “angry 11s” – the vertical lines between the eyebrows that make us look angry or worried

  • Horizontal forehead lines, or the “forehead washboard lines.”

  • Crow’s feet lines at the outer corners of the eyes

  • The “bunny lines” created when we scrunch up our noses.

  • Placement just below the eyebrows can allow the eyebrows to lift slightly

In addition to its common uses in the upper face, BOTOX is also useful for reducing the appearance of:

  • Platysmal neckbands, the vertical bands on the front part of the neck

  • Vertical lip lines; sometimes called smoker’s lines

  • Nasal tip droop

  • Gummy smile

  • Chewing muscle bulkiness

It should be noted that BOTOX or other neuromodulators will not be effective on wrinkles caused by volume loss, excess skin, or other issues unrelated to muscle movement – facelift procedures, eyelid rejuvenation surgery, fat transfer procedures, laser treatments, and dermal filler treatment are much better suited to these.

Once dynamic wrinkles are deeper set over time, nip-and-tuck procedures, fat transfers, laser resurfacing, and filler may be used in conjunction with BOTOX for greater wrinkle reduction. For many patients, Dr. Hartman may recommend Dysport® instead of BOTOX.

When Does BOTOX Begin to Show Results?

An easy to remember “Rule of Threes” can be applied to BOTOX:

  • The effects of BOTOX typically start to show up in 3 days.
  • The maximum effects are usually in place by 3 weeks.
  • BOTOX will generally start to wear off in 3 months.

Individual results can vary depending on where the injections are placed, the character of patient physiology, the muscle(s) injected, and the quantity of BOTOX placed relative to the size of the muscle treated.

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

The short answer is 3 – 5 months. Neuromodulators such as BOTOX smooth and beautify the face by softening the pull of the muscles that cause wrinkles and distortions. At our practice, we appropriately soften the pull of the wrinkle-causing muscles but do not knock them out entirely. We aim to use BOTOX to soften the dynamic wrinkles (muscle pull-produced lines) while still allowing patients to maintain the ability to make natural facial expressions.

BOTOX FAQ

How much does BOTOX typically cost?

In women, relaxation of the wrinkles of the entire upper face is typically between $350 to $500. Men tend to have bulkier muscles in the brow and forehead and generally require roughly 30 percent more BOTOX to achieve their desired results.

How many BOTOX units/injections will I need?

The number of BOTOX treatments administered will differ according to individual goals and the extent of your facial lines. Dr. Hartman can determine the correct number of BOTOX injections according to your aesthetic results and whether you wish to treat the brow area, forehead, or Crow's feet. To keep up with your aesthetic results, our practitioners might suggest having BOTOX procedures every 3 – 4 months at Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Can I have BOTOX other nonsurgical treatments?

BOTOX procedures typically pair well with additional aesthetic options at Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for women and men who would like to address signs of aging. If you have deeper and more extensive creases and wrinkles, our professionals could recommend incorporating a filler to help you achieve maximum outcomes. To further enhance a youthful appearance, Dr. Hartman could perform other complementary procedures, including facials or PRP with microneedling.

Is there a comparable aesthetic injectable option?

BOTOX is a certain type of wrinkle relaxer that thrives among a range of other effective brands, like XEOMIN®, Jeuveau™, and Dysport®. These wrinkle relaxer solutions utilize type A botulinum toxin; however, they are each formulated individually to address specific issues.

What's the variation among fillers and wrinkle reducers?

Although wrinkle reducers, like BOTOX, are utilized to minimize fine lines by temporarily preventing your muscle movements, dermal fillers are a separate collection of aesthetic formulations that increase volume in the face. Dermal fillers are intended to volumize sunken features and fill in static wrinkles. Dr. Hartman can ascertain if you would benefit from a filler (like Restylane® or JUVÉDERM®) to complement your BOTOX outcomes.

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