Facial aging is unavoidable, and it can become concerning when we feel like our outward appearance no longer reflects our inner liveliness. If you are struggling with the idea of losing your youthful appearance, it could be time to take action. In our Scottsdale office, you can do this with Botox. Dr. Eric Wiitala has over 10 years of experience with Botox and has injected over 50,000 units. We invite you to contact our office to today to schedule your appointment!
What is Botox?
Botox is an anti-aging product from Allergan that is formulated with a minute amount of Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin was used therapeutically for many years prior to the development of Botox Cosmetic. The clinical use of this substance creates greater comfort for individuals with certain muscle disorders. It does so by temporarily relaxing muscular contractions. Some believe that Botox paralyzes the muscles, but this isn’t necessarily accurate. With strategic use, it is possible to achieve a state of relaxation through which overlying skin becomes smooth and more youthful.
What is the difference between Botox and other dermal fillers?
Botox is not a dermal filler. Technically, it is classified as a neuromodulator. This means that it modulates, or regulates, neural responses between the brain and the muscles that are treated with the product. It is used on dynamic wrinkles, those that develop as a result of muscle movements. Common concerns that can be addressed with Botox include crow’s feet, frown lines and horizontal lines on the forehead, and a drooping brow. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, reduce the appearance of wrinkles that are related to volume loss, usually on the lower parts of the face.
What else is Botox used for besides as a dermal filler?
In addition to minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles that result from collagen loss and facial expression, Botox is also commonly used as a treatment for some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. By treating muscles in the jaw, it is possible to facilitate a healing response simply by producing a state of relaxation. This product has also been used clinically to treat chronic headaches as well as excessive sweating.
Are there any side effects?
Generally, Botox treatments are well-tolerated, with little risk of adverse reaction. Some of the most common side effects reported include minor discomfort at injection sites, redness, swelling, and slight bruising. Not all patients experience these side effects. Most can get right back to their normal routine after treatment.
Additional side effects that some patients may experience include headache, flu-like malaise, nausea, or minor weakness in the treatment area.
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What is the treatment like?
Botox treatments are comfortable and convenient. After the initial consultation to discuss your desired outcome, and to answer any questions you have, the actual treatment can be completed in just a few minutes.
Is there any pain associated with Botox Injections?
Of course, every person has a unique level of pain tolerance. What most people describe is minor discomfort from the injections themselves. There is typically no sensation tied to the infusion of product in the skin, only the slight pinch of the tiny needle. This could be mitigated with numbing cream, or the application of ice prior to treatment.
How long do results last?
Muscles respond to Botox Cosmetic progressively over the week following treatment. While there is a slight immediate improvement, the final result is most visible after about 7 days. Over time, the product will be metabolized by the body. The speed at which this occurs is different for every person. On average, patients typically schedule touch ups every 3 to 6 months in order to sustain their youthful appearance.
How much does Botox cost?
The price of your Botox treatment is based on the number of units used. As each patient is unique, the cost of Botox treatment varies. We invite you to contact our office so we can learn more about the desired look you would like to achieve with your treatment and provide a customized quote.
What Our Patients Are Saying
“I have been a patient of Dr. Wiitala’s for about two years now and I drive clear across town to see him! (about 20 miles to be exact). His staff is very friendly, they have the latest tools and technology, and Dr. Wiitala is knowledgeable and extremely gentle. Definitely worth the drive.” -Stacey F.
Getting older is a fact of life. Looking older need not be. Call our Scottsdale office for your Botox appointment! Our office is located in Scottsdale AZ where we proudly service the greater Phoenix area.