Don’t let wrinkles and frown lines get you down – BOTOX® Cosmetic is a tested, effective way to turn back the hands of time. Restore youthfully smooth skin with this leading facial injectable. In Leawood, Dr. Douglas Cusick and his experienced, friendly staff provide the right amount of BOTOX® in precise treatment locations to bring about beautiful, natural results. To learn more, or to schedule a non-surgical services consultation, please call the office at 913-661-0202.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
It is a non-surgical injectable treatment. BOTOX® Cosmetic softens and reduces a wide range of wrinkles and fine lines on your face:
- Glabellar lines – the vertical “frown lines” between your eyebrows
- Crow’s feet – the wispy wrinkles at the corners of your eyes
- Platysma bands – the two bands of skin hanging vertically on the neck
- Horizontal forehead creases
Consult Dr. Cusick if you’re wondering if this injectable will fit your expectations. Dr. Cusick has been specializing in cosmetic surgery since the 90s. As such, he knows how to recommend the treatments that fulfill an individual’s cosmetic desires. He’ll make those recommendations after meeting with you in a one-on-one consultation.
Why Does BOTOX® Work Only on Certain Wrinkles and Not Others?
This injectable is designed and approved for so-called “dynamic” facial wrinkles. Dynamic creases are formed by the muscular contractions and skin folding that occurs when you make facial expressions. These facial movements occur when you smile, frown, furrow your brow, squint and laugh.
On the other hand, wrinkles caused by loss of volume beneath your skin must be treated with injectable fillers. Fillers replace the diminished fat and collagen beneath the skin. They thereby fill in and smooth out these types of wrinkles, which are not caused by the muscular contractions in your face.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
BOTOX® Cosmetic works by softening the muscle activity causing the facial folds. The great thing about BOTOX® is that it is highly targeted: In the hands of an experienced injector like Dr. Cusick, only the intended area is treated without affecting the surrounding areas.
This effect is temporary. After 3-4 months, the muscles are fully capable of contracting the skin once again. Therefore, re-treatments are necessary to maintain the effect.
This injectable is a safe, FDA-approved formulation of the neurotoxin protein called botulinum toxin Type A. BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals that cause the muscle to contract and wrinkle the skin. Millions of people have undergone treatment with this injectable since its inception in the early 2000s.
The BOTOX® Treatment Process
The first step is to call us up to arrange a consultation. You’ll meet with Dr. Cusick who will examine your face and discuss your treatment options with you.
The treatment itself is not unduly painful or uncomfortable. A very thin, fine needle is used, so while it’s normal to feel a pinch or slight pressure, the vast majority of patients don’t describe the injections as painful.
The injection site may be red, raised, sore and/or itchy for a few hours. You must not rub the area for 24 hours so that everything has a chance to settle. Don’t lay down or bend over for 4 hours. You can get back to normal activities right away.
Common BOTOX® Cosmetic Questions
Our team is here to answer all of your questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic. Here are some of the most common:
How much does it cost? The cost varies based on the number of treatment areas, which dictates how many units of the injectable will be needed. We’ll provide you with a cost estimate at the time of your consultation. Give us a call for current per unit pricing and to learn more about our financing options.
Is it painful? Patients do not report pain, although a mild pinch is normal as the needle is inserted in the skin. It lasts only a moment.
When will the results appear? The very first indication of results will be apparent in a few days. The effects get better and better over the next 2-3 weeks, as the injectable has a chance to work on the muscle fibers in which it was injected.
How long do the results last? 3-4 months, at which point re-treatment is necessary.
Is it safe? This injectable has a long-standing safety profile. Millions of people have been safely rejuvenated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Part of the reason to choose an experienced injector like Dr. Cusick is that he makes sure you are a good candidate first. He’ll review your health history and any allergies, and let you know the risk of certain side effects.
Arrange Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Appointment
If you live in or around Leawood, KS, please call the practice of Douglas Cusick, MD, FACS, at 913-661-0202. Our experienced aesthetic team and plastic surgeon look forward to providing your BOTOX® treatment. This completely non-surgical injectable offers full rejuvenation without scalpels, stiches or downtime.