Botox

Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.

What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxin protein that prevents constriction or overreaction of the muscles. Certified doctors inject the medication in areas of the face to remove wrinkles and unwanted lines. 
Botox Cost?

The most common question asked is "How much does botox cost?" Botox ranges in price from $8 per unit up to $15 per unit depending on your location. Botox cost in Utah averages $10-$12 per unit. Having a Botox Party is one way to help lower the cost of botox per unit . 

Botox injection

Botox is injected into several areas in the face to rejuvenate the skin

  • Forehead:  frontalis muscle

  • Brow lift: corrugator supercilii and orbicularis oculi muscles

  • Crow's feet: orbicularis oculi and procerus muscles

  • Bunny lines: nasalis muscle 

  • Glabella/frown lines: procerus and corrugator supercilii muscles

  • Smokers lines: orbicularis oris muscle

  • Marionette lines: depressor anguli oris and trangularis muscles

  • Chin dimples: mentalis muscle

  • Vertical platysma bands: platysma muscle

How long does botox last​?

Botox will last three to six months. Maximal effects begin after one to two weeks and when it starts to wear off, the effects will slowly fade away.  

Dysport vs Botox

Botox and Dysport are both are neurotoxins that relax muscles to remove wrinkles and unwanted lines. Botox was introduced in the United States in 2000 and Dysport was FDA approved for an anti-wrinkle treatment in 2009. Dysport and Botox cost about the same as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Dysport is sometimes preferred due to quicker onset and longer duration. Dysport effects can start 1-2 days after injection. Whereas Botox and can take 3-5 days to take effect. Both Dysport and Botox last three to six months.

Botox side effects

Botox is a safe and effective way to erase lines and unsightly wrinkles, but it is important to know the possible side effects. 

More common side effects:

  • Injection site reactions: bleeding, swelling, pain, redness, swelling, infection

  • muscle weakness, muscle stiffness

Less common side effects​:

  • Dry mouth, tiredness, headache, neck pain and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, swelling of your eyelids and dry eyes.

  • ​Spreading of toxin effects from the injection site can cause serious side effects: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing. *There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when Botox has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, and/or forehead lines.

  • Botox may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking Botox. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

  • Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

  • Do not receive Botox if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

  • With muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of Botox.

  • Botox can harm your unborn baby if you are pregnant and it is not known if Botox passes into breast milk if you are nursing

  • Botox with certain medicines may cause serious side effects