BOTOX - Procedure Technique
To help in aging gracefully and to avoid facial wrinkles and lines from occurring on the top portion of the face, St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL is pleased to offer BOTOX to area individuals. This injectable treatment offers outstanding results and is very common among both women and men. This injectable can make a significant improvement to dynamic lines, which are made from expressive movement with the contracting muscles on the forehead and around the eyes. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but dynamic folds can still remain. This muscle relaxer is a clean and purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the facial muscles. To soften these static wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to smooth the skin. BOTOX injections are most commonly administered by plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. between the eyebrows, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and across the forehead.
"The office staff was very kind, informative and thorough. They let me know of upcoming specials when I called to schedule my appointment, so I could get the best possible price for botox and filler. Once at the office, the receptionist were kind, thorough and efficient. His nurse was very empathic, careful, compassionate and ensured my comfort. The doctor was friendly, thorough, kind, and down to earth. He explained his procedure efficiently, while answering all questions. Their goal was to ensure my comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire appointment and procedure. While receiving the injections, he was quick, efficient and confident. They made sure I was comfortable and gave me time to catch my breath when needed. Awesome experience with results that surpassed any other doctor I have seen for botox and filler."- G.P. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2013
"I love the staff. They are welcoming, very considerate, friendly and professional. Dr. O’Brien is a listener to is patient, advises wisely, provides options for one’s budget. He has a wonderful and a very friendly manner. This is a complete package office. I would not consider going anywhere else. I would recommend them highly to my friends."- J.M. / Facebook / Oct 31, 2017
"26 Y/o with Wrinkles in Forhead - Saint Petersburg, FL - I had a pleasant experience with Dr. O'Brien. He listened to my concerns about my fine lines in the forehead and by my eyes and was very conservative with the treatment. They got me in right away and within about 30 minutes I was out of the office. Very nice staff and very informative on the things that they do."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2015
"30 Yr. Old Ruptured Implants Removed and Replaced - St. Petersburg, FL - I had a breast augmentation 30 yrs. ago. Both implants were ruptured. I consulted with Dr. O'Brien, who has done other procedures over the past five years, who gave me several options, I decided to replace the implants with the "gummy implants". Beautiful, couldn't be happier. I have used Dr. O'Brien for botox and fillers, he always does these himself, the reason I keep going back. He..."- D. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2015
"A+ Doctor - Saint Petersburg, FL - Doctor O'Brien is very kind, caring and knowledgeable. He is a great listener and knows exactly what he's doing! He has superior skills injecting Botox and using fillers! I have been to other doctors and they couldn't seem to get it just right. Then I found Dr. O'Brien, and I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! If you are looking for a fantastic Plastic surgeon, he's your man!"- D. / RealSelf / Aug 08, 2016
BOTOX injections are great for patients who wish to soften the visible look of dynamic lines and wrinkles on their upper face without surgery. BOTOX can also be used as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if you do not show signs of aging — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It's a terrific noninvasive treatment if you are frustrated by forehead wrinkles or parallel lines between the brows. It is also a solution for lines around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a filler product may be more suitable. In addition, if you are over the age of 50 with sagging skin and widespread wrinkles, you may be considered for facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result and it is longer lasting. St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery offers eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and brow lifts as effective options.
BOTOX treatments are completed as an outpatient procedure conveniently at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery. If it is your first time to visit our office in St. Petersburg, FL to get BOTOX, we often perform the treatment on the same day as your initial consultation with Dr. O'Brien. You will be asked to make different expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to plan where the injections will be placed. The face will be prepared and BOTOX will be applied with a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help lessen swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is unnecessary. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, then you may resume your usual routine.
Ideal BOTOX Candidates
Following the procedure, you may get back to your daily routine, although strenuous activity should be skipped for a minimum of one day. You will be advised to sleep with your head elevated for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can appear bruised, swollen, or red for 2 – 3 days, but you should not develop any serious or long-lasting side effects. In many cases, it usually takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX can be seen. The results usually last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to your BOTOX injector about when to make your next appointment at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to extend your results.
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How much does BOTOX cost?
The cost for BOTOX will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, Dr. O'Brien will develop your custom treatment plan and then he can discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces wonderful results when injected by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. O'Brien. However, it can be dangerous if performed by someone who doesn't have experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you'd like to save money, ask for more information on the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, which allows you to get points for BOTOX and other products from Allergan, including Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
Your BOTOX results may be visible for as long as four months. Usually, patients make an appointment every quarter to maintain their results; however, you can come back earlier. If you're using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule treatments further apart. After hearing your concerns and developing your BOTOX plan, Dr. O'Brien will be able to tell you when you should make your next visit.
What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (including BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (including Restylane and Juvéderm) are both procedures that reduce wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create dynamic wrinkles, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Injectable fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve static wrinkles. After hearing your goals, Dr. O'Brien may suggest BOTOX, fillers, or a liquid "facelift," which combines both.
What's the difference between BOTOX and Dysport?
BOTOX and Dysport are brands of wrinkle relaxers that contain botulinum toxin. Each of these relax the treated muscles to correct dynamic wrinkles; however, each brand is made to treat specific needs. Some of the small differences between them include the dosing amounts, how far the treatment spreads, and how long the results last. Dr. O'Brien will select the best injection to fit your goals.
Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is used correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it's important to select someone with training injecting BOTOX, like Dr. O'Brien. Overusing BOTOX may create bad results. An experienced practitioner will apply the right dose to safely relax the muscles causing the unwanted wrinkles without affecting nearby muscles. Quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments, it's considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical problems like excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.
BOTOX - What to Expect
Stop worrying! You can smile, laugh, frown, and make any face you want without developing lines and wrinkles with BOTOX wrinkle relaxer treatments. To prevent and smooth lines across the face, we invite you to schedule an appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. O'Brien at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL to hear more about this popular nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.