As cosmetic procedures continue to rise in popularity from one year to the next, there is one treatment that consistently leads in popularity and patient satisfaction: BOTOX®. Charlotte, NC patients appreciate BOTOX® for its lengthy history of effectively eliminating moderate to severe frown lines, glabellar lines, and crow's feet with no downtime. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, BOTOX® is consistently the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the country, with millions of procedures performed in the United States alone each year.
In addition to its popularity across the United States, BOTOX® is approved in more than 70 countries. BOTOX® is derived from a purified form of a botulinum toxin protein that targets the repeated muscle contractions that cause frown lines and crow's feet. By preventing these muscles from contracting during facial expressions such as squinting and frowning, patients can smooth away wrinkles.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic in Charlotte, NC?
The ideal patients include women and men over the age of 18 who are in good overall physical and mental health with realistic expectations for what treatment can accomplish. Women who are pregnant or nursing should delay scheduling treatment, and all patients will need to provide their BOTOX® provider with a complete medical history including any medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements the patient is taking.
People who do not make good BOTOX® patients include women and men with drooping eyelids and those with skin disorders near the potential injection sites. However, patients who can't benefit from this particular treatment might benefit from another product or procedure, such as a dermal filler, and should consult with a medical expert to discuss alternative options.
The best method of determining whether you would make a good patient is to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and develop a treatment plan.
What Can I Expect During a BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment in Charlotte, NC?
A typical appointment lasts less than half an hour, making this a treatment option that can be performed during a lunch break. Prior to the appointment, you will meet with a medical professional to assess your face and skin and discuss your goals in order to determine the best possible treatment plan to meet these needs.
For patients who are concerned about any discomfort, we have a topical anesthetic to help numb the injection sites. However, most patients compare the injection to a pinching sensation, which is easily tolerable.
Depending on the area being treated and the severity of the wrinkles, the doctor will use a thin needle during the procedure. Patients can expect to notice results within a few days of the procedure, lasting upward of three months. Many patients choose to receive treatments every couple of months to maintain their natural results.
BOTOX® Recovery in Charlotte, NC
One of the primary reasons BOTOX® remains the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country from one year to the next is the fact that there is no downtime following the procedure. After a BOTOX® treatment, patients should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area, but otherwise patients can immediately resume all normal activities, including work, socializing, errands, and exercise. Just as importantly, patients can resume socializing without worrying that friends will recognize that they've had BOTOX®. Patients can expect to look refreshed but not unnaturally different. Any additional aftercare instructions will be discussed during the appointment.
"The results are great, and I'm very grateful. I had a wonderful experience having my BOTOX® injected by Adam C. Augenstein, MD."*
When administered by a trained and experienced specialist, BOTOX® is among the safest cosmetic procedures in the country, with millions of women and men opting to receive this treatment each year in the United States alone. A very small percentage of patients might experience slight bruising or drooping or swelling of the eyelid, although such effects are minor and typically disappear within two weeks. We encourage our patients to share any concerns prior to their treatment, and discuss any risks prior to the procedure.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cosmetic in Charlotte, NC Cost?
The cost of treatment varies depending on the number of areas being treated, as well as the severity of the lines and wrinkles. During your consultation we will develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and provide an estimate for this specific plan. Insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX®. While BOTOX® is significantly cheaper than many of the more intensive cosmetic procedures, patients should remember that the treatment is best performed by a trained, licensed, and experienced medical expert. While medical spas and salons might offer cheaper treatment options, patients should take quality and safety into account when selecting a facility.