The natural aging process lends itself to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen production decreases, skin begins to lose overall elasticity. While these changes may not be as noticeable on other areas of the body, men and women alike often turn to cosmetic assistance in the fight against wrinkles that develop on the face, particularly around the mouth and eyes. When it comes to treating these wrinkles, Botox has long been a successful and popular solution. This FDA-approved injection helps to reduce the appearance of fine-line and ultimately smooths the surface of facial skin.
Botox is a simple to administer an injection that can be performed in the comfort of a physician’s office. The process is quick and efficient and comes with virtually no downtime. Botox is a neurotoxin that immobilizes the muscles into which it is injected. Wrinkles and fine-lines first appear at the folds of skin generally utilized frequently in an expression such as smiling or frowning. When these muscles are immobilized, the skin remains smooth and crease-free. The final effect reduces the appearance of wrinkles and smooths out facial skin into a clean, rested and refreshed look. Similarly, patients who struggle with facial muscle spasms often find that Botox injection calms and controls muscles around the eyes and mouth, resulting in more restful features as well a peace of mind concerning uncontrolled spasms.
Cosmetic Botox is a versatile solution to fine lines and wrinkles and has proven highly effective at treating many areas including lines between the eyebrows, laugh lines that run from the nose to the mouth, worry lines that develop along the forehead and crow’s feet that extend from the corner of the eyes. Many patients worry that injections will result in a puffy, or unnatural look that may include swollen lips or cheekbones. Fortunately, Botox is administered in doses that result in highly-natural looking and smooth results. A skilled physician will always take time to examine a patient’s skin prior to treatment and develop a plan for injections that result in natural-looking final effects.
Patients are able to walk out of the office unassisted the same day as the procedure is done with minimal side effects. At most, patients have reported redness or sensitivity at the treatment site for a few days following the procedure. This type of discomfort is easily treated with over the counter pain medication as needed. Patients who are looking to completely eliminate the potential for procedural discomfort can always request to have anesthetic cream applied to the treatment area prior to the procedure. Similarly, physicians will often offer patients an ice pack to apply to the area to reduce the potential for swelling once treatment is complete. While minimal results can be seen the day of treatment, the most drastic changes with Botox injections are often observed in the weeks following treatment as the muscles absorb the full effect of the injection.
As with so many cosmetic procedures, the cost of treatment is bound to fluctuate based on an individual’s treatment plan. In general, injections tend to cost anywhere from $200 to $400 per session. The overall cost of keeping up with injections can be estimated by comparing individual session cost to the number of recommended sessions annually.
For many patients, health insurance does not cover the cost of Botox injections based on the fact they are a cosmetic elective procedure. However, there are certain situations in which this may not be the case. While Botox is primarily elected by patients to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, the muscle immobilizing effects of Botox has proven highly successful at treating muscle spasms, migraine headaches, excessive sweating, enlarged prostates, and incontinence. Patients who suffer from underlying medical conditions such as these will want to check with their individual plan providers prior to receiving injections. It may be the case that Botox injections delivered to reduce further medical complications could fall under coverage benefits.
Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center have vast experience with Botox injections and encourage prospective patients to schedule an initial consultation. Taking a comprehensive approach to patient care, Dr. Wright meets with each new patient for a consultation to evaluate medical history, review the potential treatment area and begin discussing the many options available. It’s important that patients fully understand treatment specifics and have the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and state preferences prior to undergoing a procedure. A consultation is an important first step in determining if Botox is right for you. Our team of caring professionals understands that the physical impact of cosmetic surgery is directly linked to emotional impact and we’re here to support our patient on both fronts. We look forward to meeting with you soon! Click here to contact us!