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What is Botox? 

Botox is an injectable medication that works by inhibiting muscle contraction at the injection site.  Typically, wrinkles are created in our skin due to repeated muscle contraction.  By weakening the muscle, the wrinkles can fade or disappear completely.   The typical locations of Botox injections include the corners of the eyes, the center of the brow, and the forehead.

Is Botox the same thing as filler? 

No, Botox is a medication that works to block muscle contraction whereas filler is more like an implant.   Filler is also injectable with minimal downtime and the effects last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.  Check out our filler page to see more details.

Is Botox right for me? 

If you have wrinkles near your eyes, your brow, or your forehead you would likely be a good candidate for Botox.  There is also evidence to support Botox to prevent or delay wrinkles from forming if you have minimal to no wrinkles.

How much does Botox cost? 

Botox can cost anywhere from $10-$14/unit depending on the practitioner.   The rates are higher for one of our skilled physicians injecting the Botox as they will also provide a cosmetic consult for those patients that are new to the practice.   This is beneficial for patients who are just exploring cosmetic options seeking a more rejuvenated face and may be unfamiliar with all the tools available

How long does Botox last? 

The effects of Botox take about 5-7 days to appear and last for about 3-6 months.

What are the risks of Botox?

The risks of Botox are relatively low.  The amount needed to cause weakness in some of the facial muscles will not be high enough to cause a problem throughout the body.  The risks are higher with practitioners that are not skilled in Botox injection or those that are unaware of the potential risks.

Whats the difference between Botox and Xeomin

Botox and Xeomin are both types of botulinum toxin and have similar effects.  Xeomin purportedly has less risk of your body developing a resistance than Botox.

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