Wrinkles have a way of creeping up on us. One day you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize the face looking back at you. You don’t look that old! At least you don’t feel like you’re that old. That’s where Keystone Cosmetic Surgery and Dr. Robert Kimmel come in to help. Dr. Kimmel and his staff want to help you look the way you feel. That is why they offer Botox cosmetic injections. The most well known dermal injection has been successfully used on a countless number of patients. If you want to look younger, contact our offices in Hazleton, PA or Pottsville, PA for more information.
Botox® is an injectable cosmetic solution that uses the naturally occurring proteins Clostridium botulinum, or botulinum toxin for the purpose of eliminating facial wrinkles. By injecting small doses of this substance into the muscles affected by facial expressions, it blocks the release of the chemical that would otherwise signal the muscle to contract. The injection weakens the targetted muscle, reducing wrinkles.
There are several types of botulinum toxin, which all stem from the bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The types that are relevant to medical and cosmetic use are botulinum toxin A and B. Botox is formulated on type A. While many people associate Clostridium botulinum with food poisoning, Botox treatments inject such small doses of this matter that there is little risk to health and wellness. A trained, experienced physician understands how to use this injectable appropriately to maintain strict safety guidelines.
Botox has successfully treated men and women of all ages in its long history of clinical use. We treat patients who want to get a head start on their anti-aging routine, as well as individuals who have decided they no longer wish to accept problems like drooping brows or frown lines.
The common complaints treated safely with Botox include:
Injectable treatments are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain a youthful appearance. Each treatment varies in price according to the amount of solution needed to achieve the desired outcome. As an example, the average number of units required to treat frown lines is 20. Crow’s feet, which tend to be smaller lines, may need only 5 to 10 units. Schedule your consultation to discuss your concerns and expectations, and we will let you know an estimated cost of your treatment.
Results tend to last an average of 3 to 4 months. However, this can vary from one person to another. Other factors affect longevity as well, including dilution, or dosage. These factors are why it is important to obtain treatment from a physician who is familiar not only with the 43 different muscles in the face but the pull each tends to have on surrounding tissues.
“I can’t imagine what could be improved! Dr. Kimmel, every staff member, and the CRNA were professional, caring, and considerate at all times. I can’t say enough how delighted I am with your care and my new body image! Thank you so much for everything!”
– J.C. from Duschore, PA
Botox is a unique product that works entirely different than dermal fillers. This solution essentially breaks the link of communication between the brain and the nerves in target muscles. After treatment, the brain continues to send messages to injected muscles to contract. However, those messages are not received. The intent with filler treatment is to add volume, usually with hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar compound. The intent with Botox is to smooth the skin by relaxing often-used muscles.
Most patients treated with Botox experience very minor side effects such as swelling and slight redness at the injection site. Sometimes, bruising may occur. Typically, these effects subside within hours. Some patients also develop a subtle headache after treatment, which is manageable with over-the-counter medication.
Botox is a quick and efficient procedure, completed in just about 30 minutes. We make sure that you are comfortable before injections, and discuss where and how many injections we will perform.
Other than a slight pinch of the tiny needle, patients rarely experience discomfort.