How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a neurotoxin that is injected at precise depths to interrupt nerve-muscle communication, effectively paralyzing the muscles of your forehead and around your eyes to prevent your most common expressions from deepening forehead lines, brow furrows, and crow’s feet. Each time we squint, smile, frown, or scowl, our skin wrinkles, and as we age, our skin bounces back from that less and less easily.
By preventing the majority of movement in those specific muscles, we can give our skin a rest and allow it time to repair and renew collagen fibers responsible for keeping our skin firm and supple. Botox® does not completely prevent your facial expressions so you look unnatural and perpetually surprised. It simply softens them, reducing the muscle movements responsible for expressions that create wrinkles. Botox® is also sometimes used to treat smoker’s lines, a gummy smile, and banding of the neck.
How Much Does Botox® Cost?
The price of Botox® varies with the geographical location and skill of your provider, and the overall cost will depend on the number of units you require to achieve your goals. Some doctors charge by the unit while others charge by treatment area. Unit prices range around $14 per unit, and patients can require an average of 20 units to smooth a treatment area. In general, you may expect to pay around $280 per treatment area.
For the best treatment with Botox® you should look for experienced injectors, such as those at Longwood Plastic Surgery. We have over 40 years of combined experience among our physician specialists to give our Botox® patients the most natural-looking results. So you’re free to express yourself without worry all those smiles will add to your age.