BOTOX injection at Bluegrass Plastic Surgery in Lexington, KY is an in-office procedure that involves tiny injections into precise locations of facial muscles. BOTOX cosmetic injections are approved by the FDA for temporary improvement of smile lines around the eyes, forehead creases, and frown lines between the eyebrows. Improvement is noted in about 2 to 4 days with peak effect at 2 to 3 weeks. Treatment can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the area treated and the depth of the skin lines. It is important that a trained medical professional perform this procedure to obtain the best possible result and minimize the risk of complications.
BOTOX cosmetic is a neuromuscular blocking agent also known as onabotulinumtoxinA. It works to temporarily soften or eliminate lines that are caused by overactive muscles in the face.
Injection of BOTOX into the procerus and corrugator muscles between the eyebrows treats the horizontal and vertical lines in this region. Treatment of the frontalis muscle, which produces transverse lines in the forehead, softens or eliminates creases, smoothing the forehead for a more youthful look.
The smile lines around the eyes or the “Crow’s feet” are the result of contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscle. BOTOX injection into this muscle helps to soften the wrinkles around the eyes. Additionally, injection into the orbicularis oculi muscle just below the tail of the eyebrow can give a lift to the outer brow.
BOTOX cosmetic can be used “off-label” for other areas such as the orbicularis oris muscle of the upper lip to soften vertical upper lip lines. This is often referred to as a “lip flip” when it produces mild augmentation of the upper lip. BOTOX injection into the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle can treat a gummy smile. Treatment of the nasalis muscle smooths wrinkles on the sides of the nose and injection into the mentalis muscle treats chin dimpling.
Dysport is a form of botulinum toxin type A, similar to BOTOX, which is also formulated for cosmetic use. BOTOX and Dysport give similar results, however, some individuals prefer one over the other. BOTOX is considered more precise which is desirable in certain areas. Dysport may spread more giving a softer correction.
Areas that can be treated with BOTOX or Dysport injection include:
:: forehead creases
:: frown lines between the eyebrows (“the 11’s”)
:: the eyebrows (can be subtly lifted or shaped)
:: smile lines around the eyes (“Crow’s feet”)
:: “bunny lines” on the sides of the nose
:: vertical lip lines (can be softened)
:: a “gummy” smile
:: dimpling in the chin
Q: How many units of BOTOX will I need?
A: At Bluegrass Plastic Surgery in Lexington, KY, BOTOX injection is individualized for every patient. The amount of BOTOX you need depends on the area(s) you are interested in having treated, the degree of wrinkling and how strong or hyperactive your muscles are. In general, the glabellar area between the eyebrows is often treated with 20 to 30 units, the smile lines around the eyes with 15 to 30 units and the forehead area with 10 to 20 units. It is common for a patient to have multiple areas treated at the same time, using one 50 unit vial.
Q: How long does BOTOX last?
A: BOTOX cosmetic injections work temporarily and usually last between 3 and 6 months.
Q: How much does BOTOX cost?
A: The price of BOTOX is based on the number of units that are injected:
25 units $325
30 units $390
35 units $450
40 units $475
45 units $530
50 units $550
Prices are subject to change.
All BOTOX and Dysport injections are performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Therese-Anne LeVan.
If you are interested in more information or would like to schedule a consultation or treatment, please call our office at (859)276-5577 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to reserve an appointment time for you.
We participate in both Allē (previously Brilliant Distinctions) and Aspire rewards programs. When you join Allē/Brilliant Distinctions, you earn points with every BOTOX® and Juvederm® injectable filler treatment for savings on future treatments. As an Aspire Galderma rewards member, you earn points and coupons for treatment with Dysport® and Restylane® brand injectable fillers. Both programs are free to join.