Many people have facial lines and wrinkles that are the result of repetitive musculature actions on the overlying skin. Crow’s feet and laugh lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows are the most common examples. It has been noticed that people with nerve injuries or diseases such as Bell’s palsy have less facial muscle action and therefore fewer muscle-caused wrinkles.
Botox is a chemical that temporarily paralyzes muscles into which it is injected. Its initial medical uses were to help control involuntary twitching and spasms of muscles around the eyes and in the midface. As successful use of this medicine expanded its uses, physicians realized that patients receiving Botox had fewer wrinkles in the areas injected. Initial use of Botox for facial wrinkles was reported in the early 1990’s. Since that time its safe use has been demonstrated through literally millions of patient treatments. Botox is ideal for facial wrinkles caused or accentuated by the muscle action of facial expression such as smiling, frowning, or raising the eyebrows. It does not eliminate the wrinkle line in the skin, but does decrease muscular action beneath the wrinkle. This can nearly erase fine wrinkles in young skin, and can dramatically improve many wrinkles in more damaged skin. Botox gives a temporary improvement, which lasts usually between 3 and 6 months, and then subsequent treatments are required to maintain the benefit. There are few potential side effects to Botox and those are self-limited and short lasting.
Cost: $350.00 for first area, $250.00 for second area
Beware of Botox Bargains!
We have many patients who inquire about “Botox Specials” that they see advertised in the media. Physicians pay the Allergan Corporation the same price for a bottle of Botox concentrate, which is reconstituted by adding saline, shortly before use. By increasing the quantity of saline, a more dilute mixture is obtained, but more “doses” are obtained as well. A lower cost per dose, with greater doses per bottle, thus equals out to a greater profit for the physician. However, numerous studies, and Dr. Lindsey’s own experience in treating over 5000 patients with Botox over 15 years, shows that dilute Botox has a shorter effect on the wrinkle producing muscle than more concentrated Botox. Therefore, Dr. Lindsey always uses fresh Botox, and provides the same concentration to patients that he uses for his own face!