What is BOTOX�?

Botox The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin type A�, often referred to by its product name Botox�, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.


What are the uses of BOTOX�?

Botox Treatment Areas:
Crow's Feet
Enlarged Prostates
Frown Lines
Migraine Headaches
Muscle Spasms
Wrinkle Removal

Wrinkles: Find out how BOTOX® Cosmetic works to reduce wrinkles and "reverse aging."

Frown Lines: The FDA approved Botox Cosmetic for use in the treatment of frown lines. Don't look so upset, it's a good thing!

Migraine Headaches: Botox has been used as a treatment for migraines.

Hyperhidrosis: Studies show Botox can also be used to greatly reduce the symptoms of excessive sweating for many patients.

Crow's Feet Treatment: Botox can be used for treating Crow's Feet. Find out about it here and see some before and after pictures.

Bladder Problems & Incontinence: East Coast urologist claims botox is his most effective treatment for incontinence.

Botox is very effective at temporarily eliminating certain facial wrinkles. BOTOX� blocks the nerve impulse into the offending muscle. The effect can last up to 4 months. The most commonly treated areas include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, wrinkles near the eyelids, and 'smokers lines' on the lips.

Is there an alternative to BOTOX?


Alternatives to Botox

Dermal Fillers, Collagen, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiance.


Also known as wrinkle fillers or dermal injectables, dermal fillers are among the most popular alternatives to BOTOX® cosmetic treatments, particularly the brand names Restylane®, Juvederm®, Radiance™, and Perlane®. To understand how fillers work, you have to understand wrinkles.


Lower and deeper than the surrounding skin, wrinkles become visible when light shines on them. When you see wrinkles, you're really the shadows the light casts into them. Logically then, if wrinkles can be brought to the same level as surrounding skin, their visibility will diminish because the accompanying shadows will vanish. This can be accomplished either by lowering the surrounding skin to the wrinkles' level (as with a Microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or Laser Skin Resurfacing) or by raising the wrinkles to the level of the surrounding skin. That's what dermal fillers do.

Collagen is one of the most well known, general types of dermal filler, and it acts to raise the level of the tissue much like the natural collagen in our own bodies does. Restylane®, Juvederm®, and Perlane®, meanwhile, are injectables that use a hyaluronic acid solution to stimulate natural collagen production and eliminate wrinkles. A similar treatment, Radiance™ (or Radiesse), accomplishes the same goal with a calcium hydroxyl apatite solution. As of now, Restylane™ is Botox's stiffest competitor, but despite some confusion, Botox® itself is NOT a dermal filler. So the debate comes down to a matter of methodology, rather than brand supremacy. Find out more about how Restylane® and BOTOX® stack up by clicking the link below.

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Face Lift
A more extreme, permanent form of facial rejuvenation, facelift surgery, involves the tightening of facial tissues and muscles and the repositioning of the skin. The operation is intended to reduce the apperance of wrinkles and sagging skin by recontouring the face from the eyes to the jawline and neck. There are several variations of facelift surgery these days, and results will often depend on the patient's bone structure and the elasticity of the skin. A facelift is often accompanied by laser skin resurfacing and eyelid surgery. It's important to remember that facelift surgery alone will NOT eliminate wrinkles on the forehead, eyelids, or around the mouth.

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Brow Lift
Forehead Lift

Brow lift (forehead lift) is a plastic surgery procedure which will raise your eyebrows to a higher and more aesthetic position. It will also improve lateral hoods (the droopy flaps of skin that hang over the outside corner of your eyes). This procedure will also soften your horizontal forehead wrinkles and the scowl lines between your eyebrows.

A brow lift will NOT improve baggy eyelids, puffy eyes, or crows feet. Consider eyelid surgery or wrinkle treatments for these problems.

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The Non-Surgical Face-Lift

Not just an alternative, Thermage actually makes a great companion treatment to Botox®. Complement your wrinkle-free forehead with equally smooth undereye skin or more youthful upper eyelids. The non-invasive, non-surgical nature of Thermage allows you to safely enjoy this cosmetic pairing. Thermage is an innovative method of skin rejuvenation that will:


* Tighten saggy skin under the chin, in the neck, and along the jaw line
* Lift upper eyelids
* Remove under eye wrinkles
* Treat acne and acne scarring

It's all the positive results of cosmetic surgery without the cutting, the discomfort, or the side effects!


How it works: Often referred to as ThermaCool (the system that is used during the procedure), Thermage is usually performed in under an hour. A handpiece that generates a high-energy radio frequency is used and, without harming the outer layer of the skin, targets the deep layers of skin and fat. The skin will then slowly rebuild its collagen and elastin over a period of about 4 weeks to 4 months, gradually tightening and firming the outer layer of skin. The result is a fresh, rejuvenated facial appearance, more youthful facial contours, and a natural alternative to face, neck, or eyelid lift surgery.


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Laser Resurfacing
Laser Treatments for Wrinkles

Laser resurfacing is the most common treatment used for wrinkles and acne scars today. Like many things in plastic surgery, laser resurfacing goes by several names: wrinkle laser, lasabrasion, laser peel, laser surgery, laser vaporization, laser desurfacing, and several others. Realize that all of these terms mean the same thing: they refer to the use of the laser to treat wrinkles and acne scarring.

Yes, if you are concerned with wrinkles in your forehead a more permanent solution is a browlift. The browlift actually gives you a more natural look than botox injections.

Why does BOTOX give some patients a frozen look?

A patient can acquire a frozen look if too much BOTOX is used. For example, too many injections in the same area can result in such a flat surface, that the appearance can be expressionless.

Are there any other uses of BOTOX�?

Botox is very useful in diminishing perspiration (excessive sweating). The most commonly treated areas are the armpits and the hands.

Is BOTOX� safe?

BOTOX� has been used safely for over 20 years. It is a highly purified protein with an excellent safety record and a low incidence of side effects. It has FDA approval for cosmetic use.

Do BOTOX� injections hurt?

The area to be injected is often numbed with ice or a numbing creme. The smallest needle available is used, so the pain is minimal and not long lasting. Some people experience no pain whatsoever.

How much do BOTOX� injections cost? Does dilution matter?


The first area of injection is $350. Additional areas injected in the same operative session are discounted per area.


Botox Cost
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are generally quite affordable, which is one of the main reasons for the procedure's international popularity. Depending on the nature of the treatment, a BOTOX® session will usually cost between $300 and $400 per syringe (US dollars). To maintain results, BOTOX® patients will have to pay somewhere in that general range every 4-6 months. However, there are ways to save considerable sums of money off your BOTOX® price tag.

The best way to save is to look for special discounts and incentives offered by your local, trusted BOTOX® providers. Most cosmetic clinics run regular BOTOX® promotions throughout the year, and quite a few medical spas will even host special "BOTOX® parties" or "wrinkle free events" to encourage customers to take advantage of great deals.

Allergan Inc., the maker of BOTOX®, has stated that it sees no impending increase in the general cost of BOTOX®, as the product is relatively easy to make and is in sufficient supply.

Compared to other anti-wrinkle injectable treatments, only collagen will typically cost less than BOTOX®. Radiance will run nearly twice as much on average, and Perlane, Juvederm, and Restylane will typically be closer to $600 per syringe. Check out the cost comparison chart below for more details. And remember, Botox Forum can schedule free consultations with local Botox, Dysport and dermal filler providers, so that you can get a better sense of what clinical and regional details might affect the price of BOTOX near you. Contact us today!


Cost Comparison: BOTOX® vs. Other Facial Cosmetic Treatments.

procedure Cost*
BOTOX®, Dysport $397
Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm $562
Radiance Injections $680
Collagen (Human) $508
Collagen (Bovine) $467
Artefill $1,253
Chemical Peel $719
Microdermabrasion $127
Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing $1,337
IPL Laser Treatment $477


When comparing BOTOX� injection prices among offices be sure to ask each office how much they dilute the pure botox.

The manufacturer of BOTOX� does suggest a small amount of dilution to the pure BOTOX�. However, a physician who offers BOTOX� injections at very low prices may be suspect for overdiluting the botox. Highly diluted BOTOX� will usually give a less than optimal result--NOT what you want!

What is new in the field of BOTOX�?

Sometime over the next few months we expect to test a cream which claims results similar to BOTOX�. Stay tuned!



Botulinum Toxin

The Wrinkle Wars

Adults are living longer than ever before. We feel vital, we're active and we want our bodies to mirror youthful minds and hearts.

Enter botulinum toxin, one of the most important substances to hit the field of facial rejuvenation. Short of a surgical facelift, this substance is the most popular way to reduce facial wrinkles. Botulinum toxin can be used as a wrinkle treatment to smooth:

� Frown lines
� Crows feet
� Forehead furrows
� Skin bands on the neck

Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing - basically any facial movement can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin type A and botulinum toxin type B are both purified substances, derived from a bacteria. Injections of this substance blocks muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so that it can't contract and diminishes your unwanted facial wrinkles.

Botulinum toxin can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion to further improve your results. This combination of therapies can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.



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