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What is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved substance that is designed to be injected into the muscles of the face that are causing wrinkles. Botox is made from a low, safe dose of a purified protein called botulinum toxin. This substance temporarily forces the key muscles to relax, which smoothes away lines and wrinkles and achieves a youthful, smooth appearance. 

Patients who are younger and want to avoid wrinkles from appearing in the first place use Botox as a preventative treatment, stopping the muscles from contracting earlier on in the aging process to ward off wrinkles forming. Meanwhile, older patients use Botox to turn back the clock on wrinkles they are already seeing.

Who is a candidate for Botox?

Most individuals who would like to reverse or prevent wrinkles and lines are candidates for Botox in Sarasota. In general, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are over 18 years old
  • Are physically healthy
  • Do not have a skin infection or outbreak in the treatment area
  • Are not pregnant 
  • Are not allergic to the ingredients of Botox
  • Do not have a history of neuromuscular diseases
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What can Botox correct?

Botox can correct fine lines and wrinkles that are visible on the face, including the following:

  • Frown lines on the forehead 
  • The “11s” between the eyes
  • Crow’s feet and the area around the eyes
  • Above the eyebrows
  • Marionette lines from the mouth to the chin
  • Bunny lines around the nose 
  • Lip lines
  • A downturned mouth
  • Nasolabial wrinkles from the chin to the corners of the mouth 
  • Dimpled chin
  • A gummy smile
  • Platysmal bands around the neck

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How does Botox work?

Botox injections target specific muscles that hold wrinkles in place. When you make facial expressions, including laughing, smiling, yawning, frowning, wrinkling your brow in concentration, squinting in the sun, or any other facial motions, the muscles under the skin contract. These muscles are repeated every day, many times a day. As the aging process continues, the muscles begin to stay in the contracted position. This is how wrinkles form.

Botox injections into these muscles force these muscles to relax completely, leaving the skin smooth and free of wrinkles. When it is used as a preventative treatment, the muscles are unable to contract as much earlier in the aging process, causing fewer wrinkles to form at all. 

How many units will I need?

The number of units of Botox that are needed depends on your individual aesthetic concerns and goals. On average, 10 to 30 units are typically injected into the forehead. Often, only ten units are needed to address the forehead for the first Botox treatment. However, depending on your age and the tautness of your facial muscles, the number of units needed fluctuates.

Treatment areas 

Botox can be used in a range of areas to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, achieving a smooth, attractively youthful appearance. Treatment areas include the following:

  • crows feet
  • glabellar/ frown lines
  • forehead lines
  • bunny lines
  • upper lip
  • eyebrows 

Why choose HK Plastic Surgery and Medspa? 

Botox injections must be performed with the utmost precision and artistry to ensure that no patient’s results look “frozen,” but instead simply achieve a desirable, youthful, fresh appearance. 

Dr. Holcomb and Dr. Kreithen have a combined 40 years of experience as board-certified plastic surgeons, making them trusted authorities in the field. Together, they provide a modern, technologically-advanced medspa that centers around your aesthetic needs.

At HK Plastic Surgery and Medspa, your treatments are the very best available, provided in a high-end, welcoming environment where your rejuvenation is performed with a level of expertise that ensures your results are natural-looking and appealing. Call for a consultation for Botox in Sarasota at HK Plastic Surgery and Medspa today. 

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Recovery and results

After a Botox treatment, the recovery period is quite minimal. Patients can return to their usual activities immediately after treatment–no downtime is required.There may be redness or small red bumps once the treatment is complete, but these usually disappear after about an hour. Wait for a day or two before massaging the area, drinking alcohol, or exercising heavily.

Your results will appear within two days or a week after your first Botox treatment. If you’ve had Botox before, you will see your results within a day of your treatment. Your Botox results will last for 3-4 months. 

Before & After Botox in Sarasota

Cost of Botox in Sarasota

Botox is priced by the number of units that are required during your treatment. The cost of Botox varies depending on the amount needed to achieve your aesthetic goals and the number of areas you have treated. Every patient’s facial structure and needs are different, but on average, Botox in Sarasota ranges between $200 to $500. 

Botox vs Dysport

Botox and Dysport are similar injectable treatments, both designed to achieve the same results. While it is based on the same substance as Botox (botulinum toxin), Dysport has a slightly different formulation than Botox. Dysport is thinner and spreads more quickly. 

Dysport is a good choice for larger areas, such as the forehead, and it allows more range of motion than Botox. Dysport is also a popular option for patients who have built up a resistance to Botox treatments and need an alternative to continue to maintain their smooth, youthful skin.

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Medical Purposes 

In addition to its popular cosmetic use, Botox is used for medical purposes and can successfully treat several conditions.


Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be treated with Botox injections that stop the nerves from signaling the sweat glands to overproduce sweat.


TMJ sufferers can have Botox injections to relax the muscles that clench, effectively decreasing pain for 90% of patients. 


Botox is injected into areas of the head and neck to relax the muscles that are causing migraine headaches, effectively treating patients who suffer from migraines. 

Botox FAQs

Who is not a candidate for Botox?

Patients who are pregnant, have a history of neuromuscular disease, or have skin infections in the treatment area are not ideal Botox candidates.

Is Botox painful?

A Botox treatment may cause discomfort but is not generally considered painful.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are not common, but may include bruising, redness, flu-like symptoms, temporary facial weakness or drooping, among others.

How long will the results last?

Botox results generally last 3-4 months.

Can Botox be combined with other procedures?

Botox is commonly combined with dermal fillers.

How long is the treatment?

Botox treatments take about 20 minutes.

How do I prepare for my Botox appointment?

Do not wear makeup to the treatment or drink alcohol or take aspirin the day before your treatment.

How often do I need Botox?

Most people have Botox treatments every four months to maintain results.

Will I see immediate results?

Botox results appear within a day, unless it is your first Botox treatment, which will take 2-7 days to show results.

When should I start getting Botox?

You can start as early as your twenties using Botox as a preventative treatment against wrinkles, or use Botox in your thirties and older as a rejuvenation treatment.

Will I have to miss work?

After your treatment you can return to work immediately.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is a safe, FDA-approved treatment.

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