BOTOX® Cosmetic is a nonsurgical facial and neck rejuvenation treatment that can produce a smoother, more youthful appearance without incisions or a lengthy recovery period. Ideal for men and women experiencing a range of age-related issues, BOTOX® Cosmetic offers reliable results that can help you look and feel your very best.
If you are interested in learning more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, please call our Nashua office at 603-882-2103 or our North Andover office at 978-687-1151 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator. These products contain active ingredients that work to interrupt the signal between nerves and muscles, releasing tension and allowing muscles to relax. Once relaxed, overlying skin will smooth out, producing a wrinkle-free, less-aged appearance.
It is important to note that the signal is interrupted, not destroyed. Over time, as the active ingredient diminishes, tension will return and, along with it, the fine lines and wrinkles that were initially treated. However, additional treatments can help ensure continuous results.
What Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is effective at treating:
- Forehead lines and creases
- Frown Lines (in between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s Feet (lines next to the eyes)
- Bunny Lines (wrinkles at the top of the nose)
- Lipstick Lines (lines around the mouth)
- Neck Bands
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to address chin pebbling and skin laxity along the jowls.
The best way to learn where BOTOX® Cosmetic may be useful for you is through a one-on-one consultation at the North Andover or Nashua office of Dr. George Chatson. During this consultation, Dr. Chatson can review all of your options and help you choose the service most suitable for your needs.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Safety
BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved for aesthetic purposes in 2002. Since that time, millions of women and men throughout the world have received BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Very few have experienced serious or worrisome complications.
The most common reactions to BOTOX® Cosmetic are:
- Redness and/or swelling at the injection site
- Discomfort and/or bruising around injection sites
- Ptosis (drooping) eyelid, eyebrows, or lips
- Excessive tearing
Some people have also reported flu-like symptoms after receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
BOTOX® Cosmetic side-effects are typically short-lived and self-correcting. However, it is important to choose an injector who has the training, background, and experience necessary to help deliver safe and effective results. Choosing to work with a plastic surgeon for your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment places your results in the hands of a medical doctor with years of additional training in aesthetic services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.
What is a Neurotoxin?
The active ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic is botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that has been approved for medical use. Other neurotoxins include ethanol (drinking alcohol) and nitric oxide, which your body makes from things like beets. In excessive amounts, neurotoxins are dangerous. The amount in BOTOX® Cosmetic is very well tolerated and considered safe for most non-allergic individuals.
BOTOX® Cosmetic FAQ
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients are able to achieve ideal results after just one treatment. The amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic needed to achieve your goals will be determined during your initial consultation.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic Last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic will produce results for three to four months. After that point, you will need to return to our office for additional treatments in order to maintain results.
How often can I get BOTOX® Cosmetic injections?
As often as you and Dr. Chatson determine is best. In most cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be injected frequently without serious risks.
Will I look a lot older when I stop treatment?
No. BOTOX® Cosmetic does not age you. If you decide to stop injections, you skin will gradually return to its natural state.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic a dermal filler?
No. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin by boosting collagen, hyaluronic acid, and similar substances. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscles. The treatments can be very complimentary, but are not interchangeable.
How much does BOTOX® Cosmetic cost?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is priced per unit. The cost of your procedure will depend on the number of units needed to reach your goals. It is, however, one of the most affordable cosmetic options.