BOTOX Frequently Asked Questions
To diminish the effects of aging and to avoid lines, wrinkles, and lax skin from occurring on the forehead and upper face, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA is pleased to offer BOTOX to area patients. This facial rejuvenation treatment offers amazing results and is popular among both women and men. This injectable can make a dramatic improvement to dynamic facial wrinkles, which are the result of expressions and movement with the contracting muscles on the forehead. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but dynamic creases can still remain. This muscle relaxer is a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the underlying tissue and muscle. To diminish the appearance of these static lines and wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to relax and soften the skin. This specific injection is most commonly administered by plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang between the brows where the number "11" appears, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and throughout the forehead. In addition, Dr. Chang is a diamond Allergan provider of BOTOX, which means he has the highest of expertise.
"This past Tuesday I had a Botox treatment with Melanie. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable and caring she was throughout the procedure. The way she communicated put me at ease and gave me comfort. She has a natural ability to make patients feel safe and confident. This experience surpassed my expectations and I fully plan on recommending her to all of my friends. Aesthetica is a top notch Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center run by Dr. Chang who is always friendly, caring and knows how to help a woman achieve her cosmetic goals."- T.R. / Facebook / Jul 18, 2019
BOTOX Procedure Technique
BOTOX injections are used for patients who hope to diminish and soften the visible look of dynamic wrinkles, lines, and moderate folds on their upper face in a nonsurgical way. BOTOX is often thought of as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if static wrinkles have not yet formed — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It is an effective noninvasive solution if you have obvious forehead wrinkles or frown lines between the brows. It is also a solution for Crow's feet around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a combination of BOTOX and a filler may be a better option. Also, if you are over the age of 50 with moderate to severe skin laxity, you may be a candidate for a facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result and it is meant to last years. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center offers various facelifts, blepharoplasties, and brow lifts as effective options.
BOTOX Smile Without Worry
BOTOX injectable treatments are available as an outpatient procedure right at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. If it is your first time to visit our office in Leesburg, VA to get BOTOX, we may perform the treatment within the same day as your initial consultation with Dr. Chang. You will be asked to make various expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to mark where the injections are to be placed. The face will be prepared and BOTOX will be injected under the skin using a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help decrease discomfort, swelling, and bruising. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is not needed. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, after which you may get back to your usual day almost right away.
What to Expect with BOTOX®
Following the BOTOX injection, you are allowed to return to your typical schedule, although strenuous activities like exercise should be postponed for a minimum of a day. You will be advised to sleep with your head propped up for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can become bruised, red, or swollen for a couple of days, but you should not have any severe or lasting side effects. In the majority of cases, it takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX become visible. The results generally last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to your BOTOX injector about when to make a follow-up appointment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center to refresh your results.
BOTOX Ideal Candidates
How much does BOTOX cost?
Your cost for a BOTOX treatment will depend on how much product is used. This will vary based on your needs and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Chang will create your personal treatment plan before he can estimate your costs. BOTOX can produce amazing results when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang, but it can also be unsafe if done by someone without training, which is why it's better to avoid places offering cheap, discounted, or knock-off injections. To save money, ask about the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program so you can earn points for BOTOX treatments and other Allergan products, like Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
The results from BOTOX can last up to four months. Most patients schedule an appointment every season or quarter to refresh their results, but you may want to come back sooner or wait longer. If you are getting BOTOX while you are younger as a preventative treatment, you may be able to schedule appointments further apart. After listening to your goals and creating your treatment plan, Dr. Chang will be better able to estimate when you should schedule your next appointment.
What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Wrinkle relaxers, like BOTOX, and wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane, are both popular cosmetic treatments that decrease wrinkles and smooth fine lines. BOTOX relaxes overused facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, like frown lines (between the eyebrows), forehead wrinkles, crow's feet (in the outer corner's of the eyes), and smile lines. Wrinkle fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. Depending on your goals, Dr. Chang may recommend BOTOX, injectable fillers, or a combination of both for a liquid "facelift."
What's the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are all injectable wrinkle treatments that use botulinum toxin (type A). All three relax facial muscles to soften dynamic wrinkles, but each formula is slightly different to suit different areas and needs. There are subtle differences between them including the dosage, spread, and length of results. Dr. Chang will choose the best brand or brands to match with your needs and goals to create your best results.
Is BOTOX safe?
When administered properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication, like Dr. Chang. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. BOTOX is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It is safe and effective, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to cosmetic usage, BOTOX is also used to treat medical conditions such as facial spasms, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking, and migraines.
No more worrying! You can laugh, smile, frown, and make any face you want without getting fine lines and wrinkles with BOTOX wrinkle treatments. To smooth out lines throughout the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang in Leesburg, VA to discover more about this revolutionary nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles. We look forward to hearing from you.