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What Is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® in Tampa is typically used to target forehead creases, frown lines in the brow (“11” lines), and wrinkles around the eye (“crow’s feet”), but it has many other cosmetic and therapeutic uses. When administered by an experienced and knowledgeable professional, BOTOX® has shown to be incredibly safe with a low risk of adverse side effects.

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How Does Botox Work?

Are you bothered by the fine lines, wrinkles, and creases on your forehead or around your eyes? Commonly called dynamic lines, these skin issues appear due to continuous facial expressions, such as squinting, smiling, and frowning. As we age, these wrinkles remain and make us appear less youthful. At VIVIFY Medspa, we use BOTOX® Cosmetic by Allergan, an injectable wrinkle relaxer that temporarily minimizes the appearance of moderate to severe forehead creases, crow's feet, and frown lines. BOTOX® and Jeuveau utilize a clean type A strain of botulinum toxin. The relaxer works to temporarily "freeze" the muscles that cause those contractions, allowing the overlying skin to smooth itself over time. This non-surgical solution helps patients obtain a smoother, renewed appearance. BOTOX® and other neuromodulators can prevent static lines from forming over time.

Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX? 

It’s natural to wonder if any single procedure is right for you. Typically, we’ve found the best candidates for BOTOX include:

  •  Individuals with Dynamic Wrinkles: BOTOX is well-suited for those with dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movements, such as crow's feet and frown lines, as it effectively relaxes the underlying muscles to smooth out these lines.
  • Those Seeking Preventative Measures: People interested in preventing the formation of new wrinkles, especially in areas prone to repetitive movement, can benefit from BOTOX as a proactive measure to maintain a youthful appearance.
  • Chronic Migraine Sufferers: Individuals experiencing chronic migraines may be suitable candidates for BOTOX treatment to reduce the frequency and severity of their migraines.
  • Hyperhidrosis Patients: Those with hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by excessive sweating, may find relief through BOTOX injections, particularly in the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet.
  • Individuals Seeking Non-Surgical Facial Enhancement: Those looking for non-surgical solutions to lift their eyebrows, improve facial symmetry, or address muscle-related disorders may be good candidates for BOTOX treatment.
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What Can I Use BOTOX® For?

BOTOX® is FDA approved for the following cosmetic uses:

  • Moderate to severe glabellar lines (brow furrow or “11 lines”)
  • Moderate to severe frontalis lines (forehead wrinkles)
  • Moderate to severe lateral canthal lines (“crow’s feet”)

In addition, there are several areas where neurotoxin can also be effective, but its use is considered “off-label,” such as:

  • Providing a lateral eyebrow lift
  • Correcting brow or lip asymmetry
  • Eversion of the upper lip to create more “lip show”
  • Correction of a “gummy smile”
  • Improvement in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth
  • Correcting the downturn of the corners of the mouth
  • Decreasing the appearance of wrinkling and dimpling of the chin
  • Softening the appearance of a square jaw or treating TMJ symptoms
  • Improvement in platysmal (neck) banding
  • Reduction of excessive sweating due to the hyperactivity of the exocrine glands
  • And many others…

What can I Expect from Botox Treatment?

BOTOX® in Tampa can take as little as 10-15 minutes and are done in your doctor’s office. The injector will use a very thin needle to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the muscles that are carefully chosen to provide you with the best results. They also determine the number of injections and the amount of toxin needed based on the extent of your wrinkles and which area of the face you’d like to target.

The results of BOTOX® are usually visible within a few days, but it can take up to 7-14 days to see your final results. This is important to understand when planning treatments around an upcoming event. Results usually last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. However, to prevent the lines from coming back completely, most patients tend to re-treat on a recurring schedule every 3-4 months.

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What is the Recovery for Botox?

One of the advantages of BOTOX® injections in Tampa is that downtime is often non-existent. Most normal activities can be resumed immediately following the treatment, and side effects are often so minimal they won’t interfere with everyday life. To ensure the best results and prevent any negative side effects, it is best to avoid rubbing or massaging the point of injection to prevent the botulinum toxin from migrating to other areas of the face. Also, avoid being in the sun too long, as excessive sun exposure may cause irritation. Exercise may be resumed 24 hours after the injections. 

Available Neurotoxins

BOTOX® in Tampa is not the only neurotoxin on the market. There are several different varieties of neurotoxins that differ slightly in their makeup and effects. You can always talk to your injector about which product is best for you. The current products on the market include:

  • BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA)
  • Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA)
  • Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA)
  • Jeuveau® (prabotulinumtoxinA)
  • DAXXIFY® (daxibotulinumtoxinA-Ianm)
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Why Choose VIVIFY for Botox?

Our team at VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa is dedicated to delivering exceptional care in a concierge manner. Led by Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, our experienced and board-certified providers and welcoming staff prioritize patient education by offering surgical and non-surgical options. We value building long-lasting relationships based on trust, honesty, and mutual respect at our high-end Tampa office. We aim to exceed our patients' expectations and help them achieve their aesthetic goals in a safe and supportive environment. If you want to learn more about our services, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

Botox FAQ

Is BOTOX® painful?

Is it safe?

How do I know what amount is right for me?

How long do the results last?

Does insurance cover BOTOX®?

Is BOTOX® painful?

Most patients report that BOTOX® injections are not painful. It feels like getting a slight pinch.

Is it safe?

Yes, BOTOX® is FDA-approved and considered safe when used for its approved treatment methods and administered by a professional.

How do I know what amount is right for me?

Injectables are measured by units, volumes, and concentrations. If you are working with a professional, they will decide how many units are necessary to give you the results you desire. This should be discussed prior to the treatment during your consultation.

How long do the results last?

The effects from BOTOX® can last anywhere from three to six months. As movement in the muscle gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear; however, they are often less severe over time with treatment because the muscles are shrinking. Because of this, most patients try to keep a schedule of treatment every 3-4 months.

Does insurance cover BOTOX®?

In most cases, health insurance companies do not cover BOTOX® because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure.

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