Botox®

Botox®

Botox Treatments By Timeless ImageBOTOX® has been used therapeutically for over 16 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries and remains the most studied botulinum toxin and one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. The same formulation with dosing specific to glabellar lines was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Dr. Charlene Okomski is a board certified surgeon and has been in practice for 15 years in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is BOTOX® used for?
What causes frown lines between the brows?
What are the common side effects?
What areas can be treated?
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
Have patients been happy with their results?
How can I be sure I am getting real BOTOX® Cosmetic?
What is the treatment like?
When will I be able to go back to work and exercise?
How soon will I see a difference?
How do I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?
How can I find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic? 

 

What is BOTOX® used for?

BOTOX® has been used therapeutically for over 16 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries and remains the most studied botulinum toxin and one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. The same formulation with dosing specific to glabellar lines was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

What causes frown lines between the brows?

The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.

Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between the brows.

What are the common side effects?

The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea.

What areas can be treated?

BOTOX® is FDA approved to treat frown lines. Other facial areas commonly treated off label include horizontal forehead lines, crow's feet, "jelly roll" of the lower eye lid, bunny lines on the nose, vertical lip lines, chin, and vertical and horizontal neck lines.

BOTOX® can also be used off label to elevate the tip of the nose, correct a "gummy" smile, correct the down turned mouth corners, make lips appear fuller, and to correct brow assymetry or give a chemical brow lift.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is intramuscular, blocking the chemicals that cause facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only product of its kind that affects the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines.

Have patients been happy with their results?

A recent survey reported that most patients were satisfied with the results of their BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, according to a survey conducted in 2005 by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation.

And, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), BOTOX® Cosmetic was the most popular physician administered cosmetic procedure in the United States for the fourth year in a row (surgical and non-surgical combined). ASAPS estimates that almost 3.3 million treatments were performed in 2005 alone - that's an increase of almost 16% from 2004.

How can I be sure I'm getting real BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have the experience necessary to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic. Allergan, Inc., the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic, is the only source for healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each US FDA label has the "Allergan" hologram.

What is the treatment like?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure. A few tiny injections are placed into the muscles that cause moderate to severe lines. We will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting.

The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes, and there is no downtime afterward. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.

When will I be able to go back to work and exercise?

Patients typically feel well enough to return immediately after the procedure although some restrictions do apply. You must be able to remain upright for 4 hours after the injection. Exaggeration of facial expressions in the injected areas for one hour after injection is encouraged.

How soon will I see a difference?

You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the areas injected may continue to improve for up to one week.

By day 30 in a clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of the frown lines between their brows as moderate or better.

Your own results may vary - be sure to discuss with us what to expect. Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months, and after that you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment.

How will I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, you may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. But first, you must consult with Dr. Okomski & Associates to see if treatment may be right for you. The consultation is free.

And the treatment is quite affordable. According to ASAPS, BOTOX® Cosmetic has a low entry-level cost in the United States.

And when you consider the difference it can make in the appearance of the moderate to severe lines, you may find BOTOX® Cosmetic to be a great way to invest in yourself.

How can I find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic?

First, talk to Dr. Okomski & Associates to find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you. We offer a free onsultation for patients interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Timeless Image also offers a free consultation for those interested in finding out more about the laser technique for having unwanted hair removed, skin rejuvenation, acne treatments, and eliminating unwanted leg veins. During that consultation, you can speak with a nurse or technician specially trained to perform laser therapy and obtain details about the procedures as well as the fees involved.

You can reach Timeless Image and Dr. Charlene Okomski at 1-941-205-5500 or 1-941-205-2666. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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