Since 1989, Botox has been used with great success for both medical and cosmetic purposes. As an aesthetic treatment, Botox is a safe and effective way to diminish lines and wrinkles by relaxing the underlying facial muscles. It works by smoothing the skin’s surface, giving it a more youthful, revitalized appearance. Botox’s active ingredients are non-toxic forms of Clostridium botulinum, which causes harmless, temporary relaxation of the muscles in the area it’s administered to soften the appearance of fine lines and prevent deeper lines from forming.
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Botox is one of the most versatile non-surgical cosmetic treatments available for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. It works best on lines caused by facial expressions called dynamic wrinkles. Since Botox blocks nerve impulses that allow muscle movement, the skin is firmer, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles is reduced. Botox can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, or as a stand-alone procedure.
Botox is commonly used to correct forehead wrinkles and the vertical lines that appear between your brows when you frown, often referred to as the “11”s. Because the results are so dramatic, many patients forgo invasive surgery and opt solely for a non-surgical brow lift with Botox. It’s also an excellent crow’s feet treatment option. All of these applications, including many medical applications not mentioned here, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and more cosmetic and medical uses are being studied and evaluated.
The majority of people who have had Botox are extremely satisfied with the results. The outcome is often better than they anticipated, and some patients say their only regret is waiting so long to have Botox done.
People love to share their Botox reviews and experiences online, and we encourage you to read them and discuss past patient results we’ve had in our practice during your consultation.
The odds of a patient being satisfied with the outcome of any cosmetic procedure depend largely on the credentials and skill level of the practitioner. Detailed anatomical knowledge far beyond the scope of an “injection specialist” is required to ensure a safe and aesthetically pleasing result from a Botox treatment.
When you place yourself in the hands of Dr. David A. Hecht, an award-winning double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and head and neck surgeon, you’re getting the optimum level of care available. Due to his education, experience and friendly bedside manner, patients who receive Botox in Scottsdale with Dr. Hecht are largely pleased with their results.
Botox is a drug derived from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, also called botulinum toxin. In its benign inactive form, Clostridium botulinum can be found in forests and streams, and in the intestinal tracts of certain mammals and fish. When harnessed and used properly in the hands of a medical professional, it’s a miracle drug that can treat many things ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to debilitating migraine headaches and painful cervical dystonia.
The pre-procedure consultation is crucial to the success of any cosmetic procedure. Dr. Hecht and his hand-picked team are firm believers in customized patient care. Every one of our patients come to us with their own unique aesthetic preferences. By performing a thorough assessment before your treatment, Dr. Hecht can ensure the best possible outcome with the least amount of downtime.
Important factors when discussing your Botox options will be your medical history, lifestyle, and desired outcome. All of this information will be taken into consideration when devising a plan of care created specifically for you. Working together as a team with the skilled professionals led by Dr. Hecht, your cosmetic dreams can become reality.
The Botox procedure is simple and straightforward. The area(s) requiring treatment will be marked. Small injections using a narrow gauge needle will be administered directly into the designated area(s). The whole process typically takes less than 15 minutes. You can resume your normal activities immediately, although you should avoid heavy exercise and lying down flat for the first four hours after the procedure. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and blood-thinning medications, as these can increase your risk of bruising and bleeding.
Botox side effects are rare, but can include minor symptoms such as:
- Mild numbness in treatment area
- Minor bruising
- Slight headache
Most patients tolerate the procedure without experiencing any adverse reactions.
Botox before and after by Dr. David Hecht
Botox is best for those showing the earliest signs of aging. Any lines or wrinkles in the upper half of the face, such as forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet, are the perfect target for Botox.
Choosing Botox has a number of benefits:
- Botox is relatively inexpensive.
- It is a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure.
- Recovery is immediate, and there is no downtime.
- Botox results are quick and dramatic, but also natural-looking.
On the other side of the coin:
- Botox is temporary. Maintenance treatments are required.
- Botox can only soften the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, it can’t eliminate them.
Facial plastic surgery
Surgical Brow Lift by Dr. David Hecht
- Facelifts can remove those stubborn deep wrinkles.
- Having facial plastic surgery can eradicate drooping, sagging skin that Botox cannot.
- It’s a longer-lasting solution.
But there are negative aspects as well.
- Facelifts and forehead lifts are surgical procedures, and all surgical procedures are inherently risky. These risks include infection, bleeding and scarring.
- The recovery period can be lengthy, often as long as two weeks or more. Your downtime will involve painkillers and antibiotics, time taken off of work and the need for bed rest and frequent follow-up appointments with your provider.
- The results from facial plastic surgery take weeks to become noticeable.
Every patient is unique, and no single treatment modality will be a good fit for everyone. The easiest way to find out what your best options are is to schedule a consultation. After a careful assessment by Dr. David A. Hecht, you’ll have a plan of action!
Here are some answers to the most common questions we get about Botox:
How does it work?
Botox smoothes lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the underlying muscle tissue. Muscle movement and contraction are the cause of those unwanted lines and wrinkles. Botox prevents the nerve impulses from reaching the muscles to reduce, but not eliminate, movement. If you get a Botox treatment and have no facial movement, it’s likely that your provider used too much Botox or the drug isn’t right for you. Talk with your provider about getting natural-looking results with your treatment, not a frozen face.
How is it administered?
The treatment is applied via minuscule needles, comparable to acupuncture needles. The drug is administered directly into the muscles that require correction. Depending on the size of the area treated, you may need several injections for Botox to work for you, as Botox is very isolated and does not tend to spread much beyond the injection site.
Who is a candidate?
Since Botox is such a safe, simple procedure, most people 18-65 who seek treatment are eligible candidates based on FDA guidelines. The desire to eradicate lines and wrinkles (or even prevent them, in some cases) – and feel great every time you pass a mirror – is the only criteria for Botox eligibility in most cases. However, most patients aren’t seen until they’re in their 30s for prevention and correction of fine lines and wrinkles, though some are seen in their mid-20s in exceptional cases. Furthermore, some patients who have allergies to ingredients in Botox, have had an adverse reaction to Botox in the past, have certain medical conditions or require specific prescriptions or supplements may also not be qualified candidates. It’s important to provide a thorough medical history to our staff prior to any injectable treatment, including Botox.
Is it painful?
Pain is a highly subjective experience. Some have described the feel of the needle(s) as pinching sensation. But most patients report little to no discomfort during their Botox procedure.
Can anesthesia be used?
Ice can be used to numb the treatment area. If discomfort during your procedure is a concern, a topical numbing cream or other pain relief can be given.
How long does the procedure take?
Botox is known as a “lunchtime procedure.” Dr. Hecht can have you in and out of his procedure chair within 15 minutes; however, your treatment will take longer if this is your first treatment with us, your first time getting Botox or if we’re changing your treatment plan. We typically ask our patients to allow for 30 minutes in our office.
When will I see results?
One of the best things about Botox is not only how well it works, but how fast you can enjoy them. In most cases, the results of your treatment are noticeable within 72 hours, and within a week the full effects are evident. Some patients continue to see improvement in the condition of their skin for up to a month post-procedure.
How long does it last?
How long your Botox treatment will last can vary depending on the location(s) needing correction, your age, and other factors. But in general, you can expect the effects to last about three to four months. To maintain your youthful look, maintenance treatments every 3-4 months are advised for the first year, and 2-3 times a year after that.
Is there any downtime?
Botox is simple and minimally invasive, so there is no downtime. You can return to your normal activities right away, with some recommendations to avoid excessive physical activity and consuming blood thinners such as aspirin or alcoholic beverages.
Is Botox in Scottsdale affordable?
When considering the cost of a Botox procedure, much more is involved than the price of the product. The most important factor affecting the price of Botox in Scottsdale or anywhere else is the expertise of the healthcare professional administering your treatment.
To guarantee you’re receiving top-notch care with the least chance of side effects or dangerous complications, it’s vital you receive your Botox treatment from a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Botox is a technique-sensitive procedure. Dr. David A. Hecht has the experience to ensure your treatment will be safe, and your results all that you hoped for.
Medical spas may promise better deals (often using “off-brand” Botox), and Groupon offers many listings for drastically reduced treatments, but they can’t offer the same professional results and peace of mind that a facial plastic surgeon can. This is one instance that you truly get what you pay for, so think twice before going to a discount medspa or purchasing a Groupon deal. When you weigh the benefits versus the risks, it’s obvious that going with a facial plastic surgeon is the wise choice – and a sound investment.
We accept credit cards and financing options are also available.
Who shouldn’t get this treatment?
People who have neuromuscular diseases including myasthenia gravis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s), or Lambert-Eaton syndrome are not candidates for Botox. Women who are pregnant or nursing should postpone having the procedure. Patients who are allergic to human albumin cannot use Botox. Finally, if you’ve ever had a reaction to a Botox treatment, have allergies to any other ingredients of the treatment, or require daily medications that cause blood thinning, you should not receive Botox. Talk to us about other options for your facial anti-aging. We have many other cosmetic treatments available that may be safe and effective for you.
What are the potential complications?
Although extremely rare, the more serious risks associated with Botox can include:
- Eyelid drooping
- Breathing problems
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble swallowing
- Allergic reaction
In most instances, these complications are caused by technical errors on the part of an inexperienced injector. You can avoid these issues by having a professional facial plastic surgeon administer your Botox in Scottsdale.
Where can I find before and after photos?
Botox makes a dramatic visual impact. Of course, it’s one thing to read about it, and quite another to see the results for yourself. Before and after comparisons are particularly compelling. But don’t take our word for it. You can view Botox before and after photos on the official Botox Cosmetic website; we also have a collection of Botox before and after pictures in our gallery.
Where can I get more information?
There’s a wealth of information on the Internet about Botox. The official Botox website is filled with useful information to help you learn about the drug and the procedure. We’re also available to answer your questions by phone and during your consultation.
Botox in Scottsdale
Are you ready to try Botox in Scottsdale, AZ? If so, contact Dr. David A. Hecht for a consultation and find out if Botox is right for you.