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What are Botox® Injections?

Botox® is a brand of botulinum toxin type A, a purified substance that's derived from the bacteria that causes botulism. Other common brands include Botox® Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport.

Botox® injections work for cosmetic purposes by blocking muscular nerve impulses which actually weakens the muscle so that it can't contract. As such, it is very effective at diminishing certain facial wrinkles, though the effects are temporary, often lasting for up to four months.

What Concerns does Botox® address?

Patients interested in Botox® Injections are often concerned about:

  • fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead
  • fine lines between the eyebrows (often referred to as 11's)
  • crow's feet
  • wrinkles near the eyelids
  • frown lines
  • lines on the lips (smoker's lines)

How are Botox® Injections Performed?

I want affordable botox injections performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

-a Baltimore patient

Botox® is injected using a very small needle directly into targeted facial muscles in order to produce the desired results. Here at CosmeticSurg, I personally perform all of our patients' Botox® injections because I strongly believe that only a well-trained, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can give you the optimum, safest results. Consistently. Each and every time you visit.

Do Botox® injections hurt?

Botox® is administered in a simple, 30-minute office visit. The area to be injected is often numbed with ice or a numbing creme (topical anesthetic), but no anesthesia is required. The smallest needle available is used, so the pain is minimal and not long lasting. Some people experience no pain whatsoever.

Results from Botox® will appear within 3 to 10 days and will generally last about four months.

Is there a more permanent solution for forehead wrinkes?

Yes, if you are concerned with wrinkles in your forehead a more permanent solution is a browlift. The browlift actually gives you a more natural look than Botox® injections.

Are there any other uses of Botox®?

Botox® is very useful in diminishing perspiration (excessive sweating). The most commonly treated areas are the armpits and the hands.

What are the pre-operative requirements?

Patients seeking Botox® injections must not have had Botox® treatment within the previous four months and should not be pregnant or breastfeeding.  To avoid excessive bruising, you should avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks prior to your treatment . However, the injections can still be performed if you are currently taking these meds.  The difference is that you may possibly bruise more than what is necessary. 

What is post-op recovery like?

Following your Botox® injections, you'll be able to leave the office and resume your normal activities. You'll want to avoid laying down for 3-4 hours and avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen. You'll also want to avoid any strenuous activity for several hours in order to keep brusing to a minimum.

What are the risks and possible complications?

Botox® has been used safely for over 20 years. It is a highly purified protein with an excellent safety record and a low incidence of side effects. It has FDA approval for cosmetic use. Common side effects associated with Botox® include:

  • headache
  • bruising
  • swelling
  • discomfort at injection sites
  • flu-like symptoms
  • a frozen-look result

Why does Botox® give some patients a frozen look?

A patient can acquire a frozen look if too much Botox® is used. For example, too many injections in the same area can result in such a flat surface that the appearance can be expressionless. I am extremely careful to avoid this result.

What is the cost of Botox® injections?

Botox® is $300 per treatment area with up to 20 units of Botox® injected per bilateral area. An example area is the bilateral crow's feet. Treatment areas which require over 20 units will be charged at $12/unit. It's the best of all the worlds --- experienced, convenient, and affordable.

Is there a less expensive alternative to Botox®?

Yes, we now offer Xeomin at $200 per area, for up to 20 units. It is the same molecular structure as Botox and is an FDA approved product . It gives the same results as Botox®. Dr. Rodriguez has been using this product over the past year and is very happy with this injectable product.

Does dilution matter?

When comparing Botox® injection prices among offices, be sure to ask each office how much they dilute the pure Botox®. The manufacturer of Botox® does suggest a small amount of dilution, however, a physician who offers Botox® injections at very low price may be suspect for overdiluting the Botox®. Highly diluted Botox® will usually give a less than optimal result--NOT what you want!

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Botox® Before and After Photos*

See our patient gallery of Botox® Before and After Photos, all performed by me here in our Baltimore office. Please note that all of these patients have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education! Call 410-494-8100 to make your appointment now.

Having Your Botox Injections in Baltimore

Our beautiful office is conveniently located in Baltimore, right off I-695 beltway. Parking is just a few steps from our entrance and it's always available. Call us at 410-494-8100 to make your appointment and see what a difference it makes.

Contact UsGive us a call at +1-410-494-8100 or Contact Us online to set up an appointment to help you determine if Botox® will help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

doctor's signatureUpdated October 19, 2015
Ricardo L Rodriguez M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgery

*Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.