Sunday, October 24, 2021

Botox Questions Answered



By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Some people just seem to age better than others, leaving the rest of us to wonder, is it genetics? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. These days, people are taking advantage of a variety of products and procedures that promise a more youthful appearance.

Which leads us to Botox, one of the most readily available cosmetic procedures commonly used. But when it comes to Botox, it seems like everyone is doing it, but no one is talking.

That leaves many of us with questions.

Shedding some light on this little secret is Dr. Josephine Perez, a cosmetic dentist with Island Dentistry. Dr. Perez has been part of the faculty at the Aesthetic Enhancement Institute in Fort Lauderdale for 10 years. She graciously spoke with Coastal Breeze News and answered all our questions.

What is Botox?

What is commonly known as “Botox” or Botox Cosmetic, is a refined protein of the botulism toxin by Allergan. Botox is a brand, and there are other brands in use, such as Xeomin and Dysport.

Can you explain how Botox can make someone appear more youthful?

Factors such as age, stress, sun and genetics can produce wrinkles and frown lines, which can give a more aged and tired look to a person’s face. Botox works by smoothing out these wrinkles and frown lines, almost instantaneously giving a more youthful and relaxed appearance. 

What is the procedure and does it hurt?

The procedure involves injecting small amounts of Botox to specific muscles of the face and neck. The correct amount of solution is expertly placed in strategic areas using a tiny needle. 

Some patients describe it as feeling a “quick prick.” Many times, to help make the patient feel even more comfortable, a topical anesthetic is applied to the

Dr. Josephine Perez Submitted Photo

Dr. Josephine Perez Submitted Photo

area prior to the procedure.

Does it matter who administers the Botox? 

Legally, Botox can be administered by any doctor trained and certified in the procedure. However, skill and experience, as with any medical or dental procedure, makes a huge difference. 

The professional should be comfortable and experienced with injections to the face and neck, know the anatomy of the muscles and surrounding structures, be able to treat any complications that could occur, and have an artistic touch to enhance and correct, producing natural-looking results.

My training and experience includes over a decade of using Botox and dermal fillers. Being a cosmetic dentist also means that over the years I have given thousands of injections, and I have developed a very light and comfortable touch.

How much is it?

Pricing for Botox varies. As with any cosmetic procedure, you should find a professional who is experienced, gentle, and produces great results. Often, the difference in cost is insignificant when you consider the final result.

What kind of results can be expected and how long will it last?

Botox has been clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing specific muscles. The effects vary from person to person depending on age, amount of photodamage, type of skin and particular habits. Genetics also play a role. 

Depending on the patient and the individual procedure, the effects of Botox generally lasts 3-4 months, but can last as long as 6 months.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Josephine Perez at 239-394-1004. Island Tower Dentistry is located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island. Visit their website or Facebook page (Island Tower Dentistry). 

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