Botox® Cosmetic

What Is Botox?

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BOTOX is a protein serum used by physicians to treat and prevent wrinkles on the face caused by underlying muscle contraction. It is one of the best non-surgical forms of facial rejuvenation available today and is capable of producing dramatic results in a short amount of time.


What Are The Benefits of Botox?

In order to avoid discomfort and to allow greater precision of delivery, the physician uses a tiny needle to administer Botox to the specified facial area. Most patients remark that discomfort is minimal and lasts only briefly. Botox generally takes 2-4 days to take effect. A few benefits of this procedure are:

  • Effective for treatment of:
    • Forehead lines
    • Vertical lines between the brows
    • Lines forming at the corners of eyes
    • Can assist in treatment of lines around mouth
  • Easy to tolerate with minimal pain and no downtime
  • Safe and effective
  • Dr. Thompson personally performs all Botox cosmetic injections


The Thompson Facial Plastics Difference

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thompson has extensive experience with Botox and has been treating patients almost daily for over 10 years.

Unfortunately, injectables are not highly regulated and many untrained doctors and non physicians can easily take a weekend course prior to offering injectables, typically at a lower or discounted rate. Risks and complications from Botox typically come from an inexperienced injector. In such cases, the injectable may get a bad reputation when the problem actually lies with the injector and not the product.

It’s also important to realize that just because someone is a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, even if board certified, doesn’t necessarily mean they perform injectable treatments often. Many have a high volume of breast implant experience and less of a focus on facial fillers and Botox.

Facial volumization has become a mainstream focus in facial rejuvenation and choosing a physician that understands the different levels of tissue in the face is important. With the many different dermal filler and injectable options on the market today, you want someone that also understands what products are best for certain areas of the face and can make appropriate recommendations based on your specific needs and concerns.

Additionally, Dr. Thompson’s background in the fine arts enhances his ability to balance the technical and creative aspects of his specialty and assists him in his goal of achieving natural surgical results that enhance each individual’s unique and attractive features.

Patients also appreciate his genuine concern for their well-being and satisfaction. He is committed to ethical, caring, and honest treatment of his patients and works very hard to earn and maintain their trust. Although patient care is his primary focus, Dr. Thompson’s academic, research, and teaching abilities have been recognized throughout his career with numerous awards as well as several scholarly publications. He recently won Vitals Patient’s Choice Award in 2013 for the numerous positive online reviews from his patients and was also recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. Only physicians with near perfect overall and bedside manner scores from online reviews are selected for the Compassionate Doctor recognition. Of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 3% were awarded this honor for 2013.


Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Botox?

The best candidates for Botox are men and women concerned with facial aging, typically in the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. Botox is often used in combination with dermal fillers to provide full facial rejuvenation without surgery. Learn more on our Non-Surgical Facelift page.  

Younger patients often begin getting dermal fillers and/or botox injections as a way to prevent or stave off signs of aging before they worsen.


What Should I Expect From A Complimentary Botox Consultation?

Dr. Scott Thompson, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Utah, has extensive experience with Botox. During your consultation, he will discuss your concerns, goals and desires.

He will then examine the structures of your face, assess the quality of your skin tone and bone structure, and will make recommendations he feels will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. He will also discuss any possible risks and complications that could follow your procedure, if applicable. Information on skincare and other procedures that may enhance your overall result will be discussed as well.

Jessica, Dr. Thompson’s Patient Care Coordinator, will then provide you with all the financial details on any procedure discussed at your consultation and give financing options if applicable. She can also help facilitate the next step in the process and/or provide additional resources, such as before and after photos, articles, educational videos, etc.

Your Botox treatment can be done at the same time as your consultation if you decide to proceed after Dr. Thompson determines you are a good candidate for Botox Cosmetic.


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How Does Botox Work?

Botox works by partially blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles. The result is that the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. Untreated muscles continue to function, thus maintaining normal facial expression. This is, however, only temporary. Scientific studies have proven that the treated muscles regain full function within 3 to 6 months. A longer-term solution can be achieved surgically with the endoscopic forehead lift.


Is Botox Safe?

Botox has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective therapy drug since 1989 and has been used effectively as such for over 20 years. The most common side effect is bruising. Botox should not be used in pregnant women and individuals with neurological conditions.


Where is Botox Used?

The most commonly treated areas include the vertical and horizontal forehead lines, and lines around the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Botox is also effective in preventing the development of these lines in individuals who see early signs of wrinkling. If administered judiciously, Botox can also be used to treat lines around the mouth. Botox will not improve sagging skin, damage from sun exposure, or lines not caused by muscle contraction.


How Much Botox Will I Need?

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How Long Is Recovery Following a Botox Treatment?

No sedation or anesthetic is required and normal activities can be resumed immediately. Mild bruising occurs occasionally but can easily be covered with makeup.


When Will I See Results From My Botox Cosmetic Treatment?

Within 5-7 days you may see a marked improvement in the treated areas with continued improvement for up to 30 days. With the muscle paralyzed, the lines will soften over time with repeated use Botox. Individual results may vary.


How long does Botox last?

Visible results have been shown to last anywhere from 4-6 months. Most patients feel treatments are needed at 4 month intervals but with continued use, the muscle weakens and treatment is not needed as often.

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Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, Dr. Thompson often numbs the area with a cold ice pack. The actual treatment typically takes about 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.


Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows. Cases of faces looking “frozen” are due to misuse or overuse of Botox by the treating injector.


You Should Not Use Botox If:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic. See theMedication Guide for a list of ingredients in BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic.


  • had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
  • have a skin infection at the planned injection site
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.


What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.


Do treatment results differ?

Yes, individual results may vary. To get the best results, it’s important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. An experienced facial plastic surgeon understands facial muscles well and has the proper training to prevent complications from occurring.


How Much Does Botox Cost?

Offices and medical spas that offer Botox in Utah either charge by the unit or the area. Because not all patients need the same amount of units per area, Dr. Thompson feels it’s in the best interest of the patient to charge by the number of recommended units versus an area that may be more than what they actually need. If over treated, a patient runs the risk of looked unnatural or “frozen”. Plus, it can be hard to compare price from one facility to the next if they are charging per area as they’ll likely be using differing amounts.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the national average amount for Botox per area is $380 though it is likely lower in Utah as the supply of practitioners offering Botox Cosmetic is high. At Thompson Facial Plastics, we charge $11 per unit and the average amount of units Dr. Thompson typically used per area is 16 to 24. For a full 24 units, the total comes to $264. The most commonly treated areas are the forehead, glabella (between the brow’s), and crow’s feet (around the eyes). Dr. Thompson sometimes injects a small amount of units above the lip to help with lines around the mouth as well.

Keep in mind that the success of botox and dermal filler treatments does differ and largely depends on the injector performing the treatments. Many people don’t realize how treatments can differ depending on how the Botox is mixed and of course, injected, and often make their decision based on the best price or deal. Many places promote Groupon discounts and other offers on varying sites but it’s important to do your research on the actual injector prior to purchasing coupons. See The 3 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Never Get Done At A Medical Spa for more information.


Do You Offer Botox Specials?

Our specials change each month and often include discounts or ways to save on your Botox and/or dermal filler treatments. Be sure to check our Specials page frequently for updates and opportunities to save. We also discount the price amount per unit when purchasing above 50 units. And once you’ve become a patient of Thompson Facial Plastics, you can plan on a great coupon each year on your birthday as well.

On top of our office specials, we actively help patients save through the Brilliant Distinctions program that gives coupons for each treatment of Botox, Juvderm, and Voluma or purchase of Latisse and any SkinMedica product. To learn more about how much you can save with Brilliant Distinctions, click on the link below. You will also be able to sign up for membership if you have not done so already. We can help you  in our office at the time of your appointment as well. Our specials sometimes include opportunities to earn double points through Brilliant Distinctions or other ways to save through this awesome program.





Botox Testimonial:

“I chose Dr. Thompson when my previous plastic surgeon stopped doing Botox procedures himself, having a technician do the work. It turned out just awful. Dr. Thompson is professional, caring and the results are awesome. I appreciate that he does the procedures himself and does not have a technician or colleague preform the applications like other plastic surgeons I have gone to. He and his staff do many things to make products affordable. Ei: rebates, product promotion certificates, and birthday perks! Very accommodating, friendly staff…Thanks!”

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