Botox® Cosmetic is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, non-surgical treatment that can temporarily alleviate moderate to severe facial wrinkles in people ages 18 to 65. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® states that botulinum toxin type A administrations were the number one minimally invasive cosmetic procedure administered in the United States in 2014, with 6.7 million procedures occurring during that year.
The procedure consists of several small injections taking on average 10 to 15 minutes. Within three to four days noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines is expected.
Nouvel of Nashville uses Botox®Cosmetic to decrease the severity of facial lines, lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and lines around the peripheral eye (crow’s feet).
Alternatives to Botox® include periodontal surgery for gums, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, facelift surgery, brow lift surgery, eyelid surgery, ultherapy (ultrasound) and laser therapy. However, all of these alternates are either more invasive or less effective than Botox® for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles as previously described.
Botox is applied via a brief injection into the affected tissue. The procedure is done in the comfort of your home. The majority of patients have no problem resuming their routines immediately after the procedure.
While the affected tissue does not need to be numbed during the procedure, many patients request to have it numbed. In these cases, the provider will apply a prescription numbing cream approximately 60 minutes prior to the procedure. After the numbing effect is achieved, Botox® is administered to the tissue via a fine needle. The Botox® injection process itself is completed within a matter of minutes.
How Do We Decide How Many Units Of Botox To Use?
First and most importantly, we discuss with you your desired results. Then, we take into consideration your age, sex, and the areas that need treatment to determine the number of units. The number varies between patients and will be thoroughly explained during your consultation.
Botox Unit Approximations
Below is a list of the approximate number of units used to treat each type of condition.
*Please keep in mind that the number of units may vary depending on the age, sex, anatomy, and physiology of the individual. Results may vary.
Horizontal Forehead Lines: 8-16 units
Glabella or Frown Lines: 12-30 units
Lateral Brow Lift: 2-3 units
Crows Feet: 8-16 units (per side)
Bunny Lines: 3-6 units
Upper Lip Lines: 4-8 units
Masseter: 15-25 units (per side)
Chin: 4-6 units
Neck: 20-30 units
Because Botox administration is non-invasive, patients are discharged shortly after the procedure is finished. There is no downtime! Some patients do experience muscle weakness temporarily and their upper eyelid muscles may droop. However, these side effects usually disappear within a few days after the procedure.
Botox is measured and purchased in units. Knowing how many units of Botox you are getting determines your cost and treatment effectiveness. We do our best to use the minimum number of units to achieve subtle results. The cost of your procedure will be discussed and determined during your consultation.
Over the counter remedies often are not able to correct sun damage, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne and fine lines. We offer PCA Skin® chemical peels that help keep your skin fresh and radiant.
Sensi Peel® is formulated as a unique peeling option for all patients including those with highly sensitive skin. This gentle 6% TCA solution will improve surface texture and brighten the skin while helping to promote an even skin tone. This multi-faceted and skin-brightening treatment is an excellent option for sensitive skin and higher Fitzpatrick skin types.
The most potent of our enhanced Jessner’s formulas, this peel will help improve the appearance of skin tone and provide exfoliation for oilier, thicker and more resilient skin types. It is also effective for those who require deeper treatment.
PCA Skin® Products
We proudly offer a wide variety of PCA Skin® products.
Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT),and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
It can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition.