We know you love your injectables, but did you know that minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have almost tripled since 2000? From millennials to Gen Xers, to boomers, people young and old are all in when it comes to sculpting their bodies, revitalizing their faces, and looking and feeling their best.

Leading the injectable charge is none other than BOTOX®, which was administered a whopping 7.23 million times in 2017. It seems like people who want smooth, refreshed faces with no downtime can’t get enough of the revolutionary treatment that provides natural-looking, age-reducing results with an impeccable safety record.

However, BOTOX’s popularity hasn’t come without a downside. Fake products and suspect practitioners have sprung up like dandelions in May with an alarming number of counterfeits hitting the market. To avoid these hazards, you should only trust your face in the hands of an experienced, established, board-certified facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Price is Important, But…

skin cancer DoctorWith so many practitioners and price options available, bargain hunters on the loose may be  trying to save as much as they can. However, these patients soon find out the hard way that when it comes to BOTOX, you get what you pay for.

If the price of your BOTOX treatment looks too good to be true, then it probably is. A crazy low BOTOX price is often a red flag for diluted product, non-FDA product use, under-dosing, or questionable treatment practices. You should carefully scrutinize any difference in price against the quality and reputation of the cosmetic surgery practice and the qualifications of the doctor or practitioner. Many clinics do not have a physician on site or they are not board certified in plastic or facial plastic surgery.

Although BOTOX is generally safe, complications can occur if your procedure isn’t done by a trained professional. You wouldn’t want to risk BOTOX being injected into the wrong muscles or leaking into other areas which could damage your face. Finding the best deal on shampoo is one thing, but when it comes to needles in the face, don’t risk your health, look, and beauty on an inexperienced and unqualified practitioner.

Facial plastic surgeons are unique because they’re the only physicians with five years of extensive training focusing just on facial and reconstructive surgery. General plastic surgeons don’t have the same level of dedicated experience with the face.

How Much Botox Will I Need?

As with many non-invasive fillers and injectables, the amount and frequency of Botox you’ll need will vary depending on your body type, your desired results, and your muscle strength.

When you choose BOTOX, you should begin to see smoother skin results within the first two days after treatment. It takes the active ingredient in BOTOX a few days to have an effect, so results develop gradually. However, your BOTOX results will generally appear within five to seven days and peak in around ten days.

The results of a single BOTOX treatment typically last about three or four months, sometimes longer. One benefit of getting regular treatments is that they seem to have a cumulative effect for many patients, meaning you may be able to wait longer in between sessions.

The average price for a BOTOX treatment can range from $350 to $600 depending on how many areas are injected at the same time. The cost of BOTOX injections also depends on where you live and on the physician who performs the procedure.

Botox for Men: The Gents Have Arrived

BOTOXMore than 450,000 men received “Brotox” (a.k.a. Botox for men) injections in 2016 — that’s a 337 percent increase since 2000. Women have traditionally been held to a much higher aging standard than men, but that gap is closing.

The reality is that men are now serious about relaxing their facial muscles to minimize aging lines and wrinkles. Many men believe that a younger look gives them a competitive advantage, especially those working in high-income professional industries like business, law, fashion, art, and the trend can even be seen among high-profile athletes.

Increasingly, men care more about their appearance than ever before and have realized that taking good care of their skin and employing injectables like BOTOX can give them a healthier, more vibrant look. And gone are the old stigmas about men walking into a plastic surgeon’s office to have a little work done.

For years, men and women have been coming to our med spa and plastic surgery center to receive the highest quality and safest treatment to correct wrinkles, restore facial volume, and rejuvenate the skin. Our patients take advantage of our extensive and certified training, advanced skin care techniques, and personal service, FDA Approved products, all supervised by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Edward J. Gross, M.D.

If you’d like to find out more about how BOTOX might be able to help you reach your aesthetic goals or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.