Botox works to lessen and smooth the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in certain areas of the face. When Botox is injected into a muscle near a wrinkle, neuromuscular blockers limit muscle contractions in the area of the injection. This permits muscles to relax and the skin to smooth out and reduce unwanted wrinkles. Botox works in areas that are wrinkled due to excessive squinting and frowning like the forehead, corners of the eyes and above the nose. Botox relaxes these muscles so the skin is not continually pulled which gives the skin time to smooth out. Botox also helps loosen tight muscles in the neck and relieve headaches caused by tension or muscle spasms.

Patients with moderate to severe wrinkles on the face are ideal candidates for Botox. They also need to have the wrinkles and fine lines located in areas of the face that can easily be treated by Botox. There are times that patients might have an allergic reaction to ingredients in Botox so consulting with a board-certified doctor is important before having the treatment.  In addition, Botox is not recommended for patients who are either breastfeeding or pregnant.

The average cost of a unit or syringe of Botox is $300-$1000. The total cost of the treatment can vary according to the individual prices charged by the doctor, any fees charged by the facility, the geographic location of the treatment and the number of injections performed on the patient.

Patients normally start to see the results in a week or two. However, they may start to feel the results within a few days. They may start to feel that the eyebrows are weaker and cannot be lowered into a deep frown anymore. This happens because the skin is no longer pulling along with the muscle. The skin will begin to smooth out and the wrinkles will fade. Overall, the results of Botox last between 4-6 months. Repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain the results.

Refirme Skin Tightening

Refirme Skin Tightening

submitted on   Wed Nov, 11, 2015 by Sunnyline Vendiola, MD     
Refirme skin tightening is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes bipolar radio frequency with an infrared laser to obtain skin rejuvenation. The combination of these technologies tightens the skin and stimulates collagen production. Refirme is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method for addressing the1