As we laugh, cry, frown or smile, we contract the delicate underlying muscles in our face, and sooner or later, we pay the price —frown lines, worry lines, and crow’s feet. Injections of the purified protein Botulinum toxin A — are utilized to temporarily block nerve impulses and weaken the muscles that cause those so-called “dynamic” lines. At SkinHealth Centers, we strive to deliver the best BOTOX injections to our Boston area patients. If you want to say goodbye to frown lines between the eyebrows, the forehead lines, and crow’s feet, we encourage you to continue reading below.
Cosmetic Injectables can be used to relax facial wrinkles and folds, such as “smile lines”, contour your body, and improve facial fat loss by creating a framework and structure and adding volume to your face and lips. While there are several options available on the market, most people are familiar with BOTOX
BOTOX® is made from onabotulinumtoxinA, a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. Although it sounds scary, when used in correct dosages by a professional, it can temporarily paralyze muscle activity by preventing a chemical called acetylcholine from releasing into your muscles. This helps prevent muscle spasms and lessens the appearance that certain muscle movements create in the future.
Some additional uses for BOTOX are treating Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and migraines. The botulinum toxin can be used to reduce sweating in the underarms, hands, and feet by blocking the sympathetic nerve fibers that control sweat glands and can successfully alleviate migraine headaches in some patients.
At SkinHealth Centers, some of the other FDA-approved options that we offer are Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveu.
Our Boston Botox patients have enjoyed the following benefits from their injection treatments:
Dysport uses abobotulinumtoxinA, another botulinum toxin A product, that in certain clinical trials, has a more pronounced effect with longer-lasting effects but is associated with a higher incidence of side effects. Much like BOTOX though, when performed by a professional, is a great way to diminish frown lines between your eyebrows. Dysport creates a natural-looking appearance with over half of its users seeing improvements within two to three days, and can last up to five months.
A brand new injectable that uses prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs and is a great way to smoothen out forehead lines and wrinkles. It is injected directly into the muscle and will temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (also called glabellar lines). While it is comparable to BOTOX in its effect, it has been discovered to be a better fit for certain types of facial wrinkles. Jeauveau can last between five and six months with one injection treatment.
Another alternative to BOTOX, but this uses incobotulinumtoxinA, a product of botulinum toxin A that is most frequently used to treat eyelids, neck muscles, and hand and arm spasms, as well as drooling and frown lines. Just like BOTOX, it is used to smooth out certain types of wrinkles but uses less of the botulinum toxin, so it’s often less expensive but can treat fewer types of wrinkles. On average, Xeomin lasts between three and six months with one injection.
Almost anyone can be an ideal candidate for BOTOX, however, the best candidates share the following characteristics:
Unfortunately, if you have a severe infection or illness, have very thick facial skin or deep facial scars, or suffer from ptosis (drooping eyelids), we can not recommend this treatment for you.
BOTOX® or one of the other Botulinum toxin A products is injected in tiny amounts into the muscles that create the lines. No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream before injecting. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
After the injection, the nerve impulses are blocked and the muscle weakens. This weakness lasts for between three and six months at which time injections can be repeated.
You can expect to see results within days after your treatment, and the appearance of the area treated may continue to improve for up to a week.
If your facial expression lines are making you look older than you are or are giving you the appearance of a frown or scowl, then you are an excellent candidate for wrinkle treatment.
The first step in getting BOTOX or any kind of injection in Boston is to contact SkinHealth Centers. When you come in for your appointment, you will meet with a member of our team who has been certified and trained in the injectable procedure. You will be able to express your desires from the treatment and ask any questions you may have, as well as receive and evaluation of your face. The physician will be able to discuss the different options you have and which one you would prefer. After having your conversation, a procedure plan will be created just for you and if you agree with it, you will be able to get your cosmetic injection performed that day. However, if you feel like you need some more time, our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you reschedule.
After your injection, you will be able to return to your normal day and your unwanted lines fade away within days of treatment, creating a younger and more relaxed appearance. You should avoid anything too strenuous or touching your face during the first few days to avoid spreading the toxin to another location. If this does occur, you risk temporary facial weakness or drooping.
The cost of BOTOX in Boston is determined by multiple factors, including how much injectable is being used and which type of injectable is being used. After your consultation and you and the physician decide which treatment is best for you, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a price breakdown for your treatment.
SkinHealth Centers was started in 1999 and we have been happily and successfully helping the Boston area with two convenient locations. Our own Daniel Townsend, MD, is one of New England’s premiere Botox physicians. He is a certified instructor for Botox and has trained many other physicians in the proper injection techniques. Dr. Townsend also has Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Injectors who also treat patients. We strive to provide both our male and female patients with stunning results and keep them looking fresh and vibrant at any age!
BOTOX in Boston is a wonderful way to get rid of unwanted facial lines and boost your confidence. If you are interested in this treatment, please call your nearest SkinHealth Centers and schedule a consultation at (617) 267-7546 (Boston) or (781) 431-7880 (Wellesley Hills). You can also request an appointment through our website and a team member will be in touch with you. For your convenience, appointments are available Mon-Fri, several evenings, and most Saturdays.
Cheryl Clarkson, Founder