In a relatively short time, BOTOX® Cosmetic has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide, as well as in Rhode Island. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a cosmetic injectable that can take years off of your face without the expense, discomfort, or downtime of surgery. Treatment takes only a few minutes, and can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the upper and lower face. At her practice Dr. Lori Polacek uses BOTOX® Cosmetic to treat a variety of concerns, with results that are safe and natural looking.
If you would like to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, request a consultation online or call us at (401) 320-4085 and we will schedule your appointment.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Candidates
- BOTOX® Injection Areas
- How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Safety
- Preventative BOTOX® Injections
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Results
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Before & After
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Cost
- BOTOX® Cosmetic Alternatives
Am I a Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Not everyone needs or wants a surgical brow lift to correct the signs of aging in the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic can bring about significant improvement in the appearance of a number of concerns with one short, simple treatment that may last 3-5 months. The best candidates for BOTOX® injections are those wanting to diminish the appearance of dynamic facial lines and wrinkles, which are caused by overactive muscles that create lasting creases.
What Can BOTOX® Injections Treat?
Dr. Polacek has many years of experience treating her loyal patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® injections correct vertical frown lines, horizontal forehead furrows, crow’s feet, and wrinkles around the lips and chin. She also utilizes BOTOX® Cosmetic to provide a non-surgical lifting effect to the brow area. BOTOX® injections can gently lift the lip area and re-contour corners of the mouth that have begun to droop through aging. For patients with a wider jaw appearance, BOTOX® Cosmetic can provide a slimming effect when it is injected into the masseter muscle (the muscle that runs from the far side of each cheek down to the lower jaw).
Millions of people have chosen BOTOX® Cosmetic because it is:
- Safe – BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely for decades for a variety of medical uses.
- Effective – Targets lines and wrinkles, softens and fades wrinkles so they almost disappear with BOTOX® injections.
- Lasting – Results from BOTOX® injections typically last 3-5 months, and sometimes longer with regularly scheduled treatments.
- Natural – Because nothing is pulled or altered, BOTOX® Cosmetic results look natural yet noticeable.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic contains a naturally occurring neurotoxin protein that weakens facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (those caused by repeated facial expressions). When BOTOX® injections are administered in extremely small doses into a specific muscle, it blocks the signals from the local nerve endings from reaching the muscle. As the muscle relaxes, the overlying skin smooths and wrinkles soften or even disappear. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Polacek knows precisely which muscles to target for optimal results that look soft and natural.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments typically take only 15 minutes, and there is very little discomfort involved. The needle used for the injections is tiny, and causes minimal redness or irritation. The placement of the injections and the amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic used will be determined by your specific concerns and desired results. Most patients return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
When performed by a skilled and experienced professional, BOTOX® injections are considered very safe for diminishing the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines. This popular neurotoxin is FDA-approved for treating frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Although side effects are possible, as with any injectable treatment, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely for several years for patients wanting to rejuvenate their face.
What Are Preventative BOTOX® Injections?
While BOTOX® injections are most commonly sought after by those with noticeable facial lines, younger patients have started getting injectable treatments to help maintain their youthful skin appearance. Preventative BOTOX® injections are used by many 20- and 30-year-olds to slow the effects of aging. This is accomplished as small amounts of BOTOX® Cosmetic are injected into the targeted facial muscles to prevent them from contracting. Since these muscles eventually lead to dynamic wrinkles, BOTOX® injections can help reduce how fast this occurs, as well as lessen the depth of these lines long-term.
How Long Do BOTOX® Injections Last?
Results from BOTOX® injections usually emerge over a period of 5 to 7 days with the final result visible by 2 weeks. You can expect your BOTOX® Cosmetic results to last about 3-5 months.
I went today to Dr. Polacek. I was very happy with my results. But more importantly I was impressed with how everything was done. I have had Botox and fillers before at other drs. but never experienced all the attention I was given today. Gail. RGail. R
BOTOX® Cosmetic Before and After Pictures
This 40 year old patient underwent two treatments of injections. The first treatment consisted of one treatment of BOTOX® Cosmetic between the eyes and the crow’s feet, as well as a treatment of JUVÉDERM® in the lower face. The second treatment consisted of an additional syringe of JUVÉDERM® in the lower face 12 days later. She was very happy with the results, voicing to Dr. Polacek that she felt “10 years younger.” The patient also remarked that she felt Dr. Polacek did a wonderful job of being gentle, and that the process was overall painless.
Are There Any Side Effects to BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® injections have a relatively low risk of complications when performed by a qualified professional. The side effects typically experienced after getting BOTOX® Cosmetic are often mild and quickly fade. Soon after getting your injections, you may experience some degree of pain, tenderness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Other potential side effects include headaches, asymmetrical results, dry eyes or excessive tearing. More severe side effects are rare, but will be explained to you in detail before you undergo your procedure. If you have any concerns about your side effects, please call our office. Our team will help you understand if what you are experiencing is normal or if you should seek medical care.
How Much Do BOTOX® Injections Cost?
BOTOX® Cosmetic costs approximately $250 to $750 on average. The price varies for every patient depending on how many units are needed to provide optimal results. During your consultation, a facial assessment will be performed, allowing Dr. Polacek to evaluate which areas can benefit from BOTOX® injections. Before your treatment, our team will provide you with a personalized cost quote to ensure you know what to expect. Keep in mind that BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary solution, and to maintain your youthful-looking results, you will need to return for follow-up treatments in the future.
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Are There Any Alternatives to BOTOX® Injections?
If you are not a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic or would prefer another option, Dr. Polacek offers alternatives that may still help you achieve your aesthetic goals. For some patients, dermal fillers may be a great option, as these injectables can help minimize facial lines and restore lost volume, especially in the lower face. Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic, which treats dynamic wrinkles, filler injections are intended for static wrinkles, which are present even when a facial expression is not made. If cosmetic injectables are not right for you, Dr. Polacek may recommend a different skin treatment, such as Fraxel® Dual skin resurfacing or CO2 laser resurfacing, based on your needs and desired results.
If you would like to look younger without surgery, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. At your consultation, Dr. Polacek will discuss all of your non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, and help you to determine if BOTOX® can achieve the results you desire.