BOTOX Frequently Asked Questions
To diminish the effects of aging and to avoid lines, wrinkles, and lax skin from occurring on the forehead and upper face, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, VA is pleased to offer BOTOX to area patients. This facial rejuvenation treatment offers amazing results and is popular among both women and men. This injectable can help prevent the deepening of dynamic facial lines, which are the result of expressions and movement with the contracting muscles on the forehead. This muscle relaxer is a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the underlying tissue and muscle. To diminish the appearance of these static lines (fixed lines that remain when there is no facial movement) and wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to relax and soften the skin. This specific injection is most commonly administered by plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown between the brows where the number "11" appears, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and throughout the forehead.
"The staff is very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed everyone, they were all very informative and made me feel comfortable. I was referred by another patient and will also be doing the same. I will keep coming to see Dr. Brown for all my aesthetic needs. I loved everything! Thank you so much!"- M.W. / Office Visit / Jun 28, 2017
Just Express Yourself
BOTOX injections are used for patients who hope to diminish and soften the visible look of wrinkles, lines, and moderate folds on their upper face in a nonsurgical way. BOTOX is often thought of as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if static wrinkles have not yet formed — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It is an effective, noninvasive solution if you have obvious forehead wrinkles or frown lines between the brows. It is also a solution for Crow's feet around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a combination of BOTOX and a filler may be a better option. At our Ashburn, VA facility, we also offer Jeuveau, Dysport, and Xeomin if you are not an ideal candidate for BOTOX or are desiring alternative results. During your initial consultation, our team of aesthetic injectors will work with you to determine your goals and choose the best injectable to meet them.
Also, if you are over the age of 50 with moderate to severe skin laxity, you may be a candidate for facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result, and it is meant to last years. The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery offers various facelifts, blepharoplasties, and brow lifts as effective options.
BOTOX injectable treatments are available as an outpatient procedure right at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery. If it is your first time to visit our office in Ashburn, VA to receive BOTOX, we commonly perform the treatment within the same day as your initial consultation. You will be asked to make a few expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to determine where the injections are best placed. The area will be prepared and BOTOX will be injected under the skin using a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is not needed. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, after which you may get back to your usual day with no required recovery period.
What to Expect with BOTOX®
Following the BOTOX injection, you are allowed to return to your usual schedule, although strenuous activities, like exercise, should be postponed for a minimum of a day. You will be advised to sleep with your head propped up for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can become red, bruised, or swollen for a couple of days, but you should not have any long-lasting or serious side effects. In the majority of cases, it often takes around 2 – 7 days before the final results of BOTOX become visible through the weakening of the muscle. The results generally last 3 – 6 months. You can talk to your BOTOX injector about when to make a follow-up appointment at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery to refresh your results.
BOTOX Ideal Candidates
How much does BOTOX cost?
The total cost for BOTOX injections will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, our aesthetic team will form your custom treatment plan and then we can discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces impressive results when injected by an experienced aesthetic injector, like our team at our Ashburn, VA facility. However, it can be dangerous if performed by someone who does not have experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you would like to save money, ask for more information on the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, which allows you to start earning points for BOTOX and other products from Allergan, including Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
Improvements from BOTOX may be visible for as long as six months. Usually, patients schedule a visit every quarter to sustain their results; however, you can come back earlier is desired. If you are using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule visits further apart. After hearing your concerns and forming your BOTOX plan, our aesthetic professionals will be able to tell you when you should schedule your next visit.
What is the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (including BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (including Restylane and Juvéderm) are both procedures that diminish the appearance of wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create dynamic creases and static lines, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Dermal fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve fine lines throughout your face. Based on your goals, we may suggest BOTOX, fillers, or a "liquid facelift," which combines both.
What is the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau?
BOTOX, Xeomin, Dysport, and Jeuveau are brands of injectable wrinkle relaxers that contain botulinum toxin. They all relax the treated muscles to improve dynamic wrinkles; however, each brand is made to treat specific needs. Some of the small differences between them include the amount in each dose, how far the treatment spreads, and how long the results last.
Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is applied correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it is important to choose someone with experience and training injecting BOTOX. Overinjecting BOTOX during one treatment session may give you results that are not optimal. An experienced injector will apply the right dose to safely relax the muscles causing the unwanted wrinkles without affecting nearby muscles. Quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments, BOTOX is considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical issues, including excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $350 - $900
- Return to Work
- Same Day
- Surgery Time
- 15 - 30 Minutes
BOTOX Procedure Technique
No more worrying! You can frown, smile, laugh, and make any face you want without seeing wrinkles and lines with BOTOX wrinkle treatments. To smooth out lines throughout the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment at our innovative facility in Ashburn, VA to discover more about this revolutionary, nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.