What is BOTOX®?
Over the past several years, BOTOX has been the number one non-surgical aesthetic treatment performed in the United States. Our BOTOX in Washington, D.C. improves facial appearance by softening unwanted lines of the face and facial expression.
Facial lines develop as a result of natural facial muscle contraction. When a muscle is overactive, deep creases begin to form. This is commonly seen between the eyebrows (glabella), in the crow’s feet around the eyes, and on the forehead. BOTOX is injected into these muscles to limit motion and dramatically diminish the appearance of these lines. At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington we are known for giving some of the best BOTOX Washington, D.C. has to offer.
What are the Benefits of BOTOX Injections?
The benefits of BOTOX injections include but are not limited to the following:
- No down time or recovery time associated with the treatment
- Smoother skin and diminished appearance of wrinkles
- Results that last between three to four months
- Natural looking results
- Long track record as a safe and effective treatment option
- One of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments available
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX inhibits muscle contraction by blocking nerve impulses to specifically-targeted facial muscles. These muscles then relax and become less active, causing wrinkles, lines and folds around the nose and eyes and forehead to smooth. This is also why BOTOX injections should be administered by a registered and certified clinician or practitioner, who knows exactly where to inject the product, and how much.
By catching your wrinkles early on, even prior to any noticeable formation of lines or wrinkles, you can slow the signs of aging. By having BOTOX administered early, your muscles are prevented from chronically creasing and wrinkling the skin on your face, preventing those deep lines from forming. Many women and men start receiving BOTOX in their early thirties or even their twenties and use it as a preventative measure against wrinkle formation.
What Are the Most Common Treatment Areas?
The most common treatment areas include:
- Glabellar lines (11’s between the brows)
- Forehead lines and creases
- Crow’s feet
- Laugh lines and frown lines
- Bunny lines around the nose
- Chin dimples
- Prominent jaw muscles
How Many BOTOX Injections Will I Need, and How Long Will the Treatment Take?
The number of injections depends on the area to be treated. Stronger muscles need higher doses of Botox. You may also opt to have multiple areas treated in one appointment. Depending on how many areas are being treated the treatment time could take anywhere from five to twenty minutes.
How Much Does BOTOX Cost?
Our Washington, D.C. and Bethesda BOTOX is priced based on areas treated or units used, where the number of units necessary for your treatment will determine the final cost. Each of our providers will customize the optimal number of units in each area to achieve your goals.
When Will I See the Results and How Long Will They Last?
The smoothing effects from our BOTOX in Bethesda and Washington D.C. typically takes three to seven days to be seen and usually lasts three to four months. The results can be maintained by scheduling follow up treatments every three months after treatment, or as recommended by our expert injectors.
If you are planning a special event, plan your injections at least two months prior to the event, allowing the full effects to be visible and allowing time for a touch-up if necessary.
Are There Any Side Effects to BOTOX?
Possible side effects may include some bruising or tenderness around the injection site, which quickly fades. It is extremely important that you undergo treatment in a facility that meets all safety and health requirements – not choosing to take advantage of a cut-rate offer. Some spas in the USA have been found to be using counterfeit BOTOX.
Other side effects may include muscle stiffness, headaches, allergic reaction or itching. Most often these can be avoided by proper administration of the injections and a review of your medical history.
What Should I Do Before BOTOX Injections?
Prior to our Washington, D.C. BOTOX treatment, patients should take a few precautions to minimize bruising and bleeding. These include avoiding aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin for two weeks prior to your treatment. Also, avoidance of St. John’s Wort or high doses of vitamin E for minimally one week prior to treatment.
When Can I Return to My Normal Routine?
You can expect to return to your day as normal directly after treatment. Any tenderness should be minimal and will not interfere with your activities. You may exercise or engage in strenuous activity after the first day.
I see Dr Forman at this state-of-the-art practice. Dr. Forman listens to your individual needs, he goes above and beyond to accommodate his patients as far as scheduling, and makes you as comfortable as possible. He's respectful and kind and I've been more than happy with my botox results for over 10 years now! Wouldn't go to anyone else. Dr Forman is not just a wonderful skilled doctor he's a wonderful person. I highly recommend this practice.
It doesn't get any better than Dr. Kathy Huang. Easily one of the most skilled plastic surgeon's in the area, her attention to detail is unparalleled. She is the only person I trust to do my injectables and many of my clients also see her now. She is precise and I never walk away looking artificial or obvious. So many of my friends and clients can't tell that I've had plastic surgery or injectables performed. Her staff are great and her patient care coordinator is very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Dr. Huang for any injection or surgical enhancement.
I had the great fortune of selecting Dr Forman for my procedure after reading his profile as one of the DC area's best plastic surgeons in Washingtonian magazine. Not only was Dr Forman thorough in his assessment, and generous with his time and advice, he was also incredibly? skilled in the procedure, leaving me with minimal scarring & perfect symmetry. He will schedule multiple before and after follow up appointment to make sure that healing is progressing as expected. I trust his judgement.
I highly recommend Dr. Friedman. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about him and his staff. He truly cared about my wants and spent a lot of time answering my questions to ensure I was comfortable. As a result, I got exactly what I wanted and couldn't be happier. Surgery was easy and recovery was painless. Dr. Friedman called me the night that I had my surgery to check on me and make sure I was doing alright. Excellent bedside manner.
—Katie from Bethesda