Before & After
To date, botulinum toxin injection is the most popular procedure for reducing facial lines and wrinkles. Annually, over 7 million people receive this injectable treatment in the United States. Common brand names for botulinum toxin injection include Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau®,. Dr. Tina Ho regularly performs Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® injections in Philadelphia and Wayne that reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the face and promote younger and smoother-looking skin.
BOTOX INJECTION TO THE UPPER FACE: PROGRESSION OF RESULTS
BOTOX INJECTION TO THE UPPER FACE: PROGRESSION OF RESULTS
Grateful for this beautiful patient’s share of her Botox journey with me, which received over 220K views on Tiktok! She was most bothered by her forehead lines and underwent injections to her forehead, glabella, and tails of brows to achieve the smooth yet natural look she was desiring. Note that with any injection to the forehead (and paralysis of the frontalis muscle), brow elevation becomes more restricted. I pursue a #lessismore approach to forehead treatment to preserve brow movement as much as possible.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
What Is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a protein that is formed from a toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is a deadly neurotoxin and is extremely life-threatening when taken in large doses.
However, when this toxin is used in small doses in the form of Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® injections, it is quite safe. Commercially sold preparations of Botox are also known as onabotulinumtoxin A. Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® are common brand names of botulinum toxins and are associated with the following pharmaceutical companies, respectively: Allergan, Galderma, Merz, and Evolus.
How Does Botulinum Toxin Work?
Humans tend to exhibit certain common facial expressions and repeat the same facial movements over and over again. This leads to stiff contracted facial muscles that have trouble returning to a resting state. The overlying skin wrinkles due to these repeatedly contracting muscles.
Botulinium toxin injection acts upon muscles of facial expression. When injected into targeted muscles, Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® cause the muscles to relax instead of staying contracted and therefore prevent wrinkle formation. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® are neurotoxins that act at the neuromuscular junction level and block the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. By stopping the release of acetylcholine, the botulinum toxin blocks the signals of the nerves responsible for stimulating muscle contractions. This prevents the muscle from contracting, and as a result, muscle stiffness and the overlying wrinkle lines are reduced.
What Is Botulinum Toxin Used to Treat in the Face?
Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® are great treatment options for the following facial issues:
- Frown lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Fine wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Wrinkle lines in the nose (bunny lines)
- Drooping nasal tip
- Fine upper lip lines (smoker’s lines)
- Lip flip effect
- Excessive gingival show (gummy smile)
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Temporomandibular pain (TMJ pain)
- Large masseter muscles for facial slimming
- Wrinkled or dimpled skin in the chin area
- Harsh vertical neck bands (platysmal bands)
The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has also authorized the use of botulinum toxin as a treatment for several medical conditions, such as migraine headaches, certain bladder problems, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and spasms of the eyelid.
The Botulinum Toxin Treatment Procedure
Botox®, Dysport®, Daxxify®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® injection are effective, safe, and efficient treatments that only take mere minutes to perform. Botulinum toxin powder is diluted in saline and then injected directly into the muscles. The injection procedure can be described as a series of quick needle prick sensations that is tolerated well by the average patient.
Following treatment, Individuals can return to daily life immediately without any recovery time or frustrating downtime. Patients may notice a degree of bruising and swelling in the injected areas that is minimal and will fade shortly. They can be exacerbated with use of blood-thinning medications, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure, so avoid these for 48 hours prior to the procedure when possible.
Patients typically start to see some treatment effect at 48-72 hours with maximal results seen at fourteen days after injection. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® injections usually last three months on average depending on the dose injected and patient response.
DAXXIFY® Treatment in Philadelphia
What is Daxxify?
Daxxify is an injectable neuromodulator designed to relax muscles when injected into them. Its primary purpose is to reduce wrinkles and unwanted lines by blocking the messages between the brain and facial muscles that cause them to tense or flex. By preventing these messages from reaching the muscles, Daxxify induces muscle relaxation, effectively eliminating wrinkles. Although the effects are temporary, lasting up to nine months, this duration is considerably longer than other available wrinkle treatments. Additionally, Daxxify has received FDA approval, ensuring its safety and reliability as a wrinkle treatment.
How does Daxxify work?
Daxxify functions as a wrinkle treatment by relaxing the facial muscles through injection. The formation of wrinkles, frown lines, and other facial markings occurs through two processes. Firstly, aging leads to a decrease in skin elasticity, resulting in drooping and sagging, which contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Secondly, excessive tension or flexing of facial muscles, such as raising eyebrows, smiling, frowning, and other expressions, can also cause wrinkles.
When Daxxify is injected into specific facial or forehead muscles, it automatically induces muscle relaxation. This is achieved by blocking the messages and signals transmitted between the nerves and the affected muscles. By interrupting these messages, Daxxify prevents the muscles from contracting, even if the nerves continue to instruct them to do so. As a result, the paralyzed muscles relax, gradually diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. As long as Daxxify remains in your system, the eliminated wrinkles will not reappear. Essentially, Daxxify limits the movement of your head and facial muscles, leading to a reduction in the formation of wrinkles.
Daxxify vs. Botox
Daxxify and Botox share similarities in their mode of action as injectable neuromodulators. Both substances are administered through injections into facial muscles, where they disrupt the communication between nerves and muscles. However, there are several differences between Daxxify and Botox.
Daxxify has a longer duration of effect compared to Botox. While Daxxify can influence muscle relaxation for approximately six to nine months, Botox typically lasts between two to four months.
Daxxify also exhibits a quicker onset of action compared to Botox. While Botox may take at least five days to start relaxing facial muscles, Daxxify can begin to take effect within two days of injection.
Facial Contouring & Botox Treatment: PROGRESSION OF RESULTS
Facial Contouring & Botox Treatment: Before and After
This beautiful patient was interested in facial contouring treatment options to address her chubby cheeks and overall round facial features. We pursued Botox injections to the masseters that narrowed the lower third of the face by the angles of the jawline and then buccal fat removal that slimmed her lower cheeks. Her facial contour is now enhanced with accentuated upper cheeks, slimmer lower cheeks, and a more balanced profile with more lip show. We are thrilled with her results!
Dr. Ho is simply AWESOME on so many levels! She’s personable, and professional. She’s also comforting and very thorough as well. Dr. Ho “Listens” to your needs & discusses all options. Results after administering Botox & Fillers are AMAZING, Very Natural. I feel like myself, but a younger, better, version. I’d totally recommend Dr. Tina Ho, to Any, & Everyone!
Incredible eye for detail! Dr. Ho is not only a perfectionist but she is one of the warmest, most thoughtful doctors I have ever come across! She spends so much time with you that you really are made to feel like a personal friend..
Dr. Ho and her team are excellent! My new spot for injections and facials. I won’t trust anyone else with my botox or filler needs. I was nervous that cheek and under-eye filler would change my face but instead it contoured my appearance and I love it.
Thanks for all you do Dr. Ho and team! My skin is glowing
– Verified Client
I was really nervous to receive Botox for the first time, but Dr. Thuy-Van Tina Ho was SO kind, understanding, gentle, and patient. I am extremely pleased with the results, and I will be going back ASAP!!!
– Juliana Slaven
I have been getting my Botox done by Dr. Ho for a while now and she is excellent at what she does. She always thoroughly explains the procedure and makes sure to answer my questions and concerns. You want someone you can trust for things like this, and Dr. Ho is that person! I highly recommend seeing her. The new office in Wayne is beautiful too.
I went to Dr. Ho primarily for botox to the masseters for facial contouring but also received lip filler and chin filler. I was so pleased to find an Asian facial plastic surgeon close by me that really understood what I hoped to achieve. She listens to what your perceived flaws are and makes recommendations, but doesn’t push procedures. When I initially asked if there were others things I should consider getting done, she turned the question back around to me, as if to say that nothing needed to be ‘fixed’ from her perspective and instead what mattered was how I felt about my own face. I found this highly reassuring but can see why another reviewer might have felt that the recommendations were insufficient. I think it’s important to go into any appointment with some research done, and a firm idea of your objectives first. Her injection technique is very experienced and down time is minimal. No bruising! She counsels her patients well about the rationale for different filler types, anticipated benefits and side effects. I’m very pleased with my results! I look like a better and natural version of myself and no one would be able to guess that I’ve anything done without specifically being told –all of which is reflective of Dr. Ho’s philosophy. I highly recommend her, particularly for the more niche procedure of botox injection to the masseter for jawline contouring (and TMJ pain!)
– Angela Hu
I recently moved to the area and was thrilled to find Dr. Tina Ho. She is the best! I was impressed with my Botox results. I’ve been getting Botox regularly for 6 years now and not every injector is equal. Because she is a facial plastic surgeon, she picked up on a small asymmetry with my face and was able to correct this. Thanks Dr. Ho!
– Stephanie Hazell
Dr. Ho and Hanna were amazing!! The procedure was painless and Hanna even would warn me before the more “pinchy” areas (but I didn’t feel much at all). I received both Botox and filler and have a natural result, I love it so much! They also walked through everything they were doing beforehand to explain the process, which was comforting and eased any nerves. Plus, the office is beautiful and super clean. I would highly recommend!
– Sydney Beatty
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What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Botulinum Toxin Injection?
As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho specializes exclusively in aesthetic procedures of the face. She possesses extensive experience in injectable procedures and trained under mentor Dr. Steven Dayan, a world-renowned leading authority in injectable procedures. Her treatment philosophy is centered on producing results that are natural and conservative. She is experienced in injecting Botox®, Daxxify®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® and will help determine with each patient the most ideal product to achieve their treatment goals. Dr. Ho understands the pain tolerance of every patient is different and is known for her gentle technique that is tailored to the comfort level of each patient. She also maintains an excellent hygienic protocol to avoid infection as well. For those patients new to botulinum toxin injections, Dr. Ho seeks follow-up with her patients two weeks after to ensure that every patient is satisfied with their treatment outcome.
What are Dr. Ho’s Signature Botulinum Toxin Injection Procedures?
* Individual results may vary.
Botulinum toxin injection to the masseter muscles (the muscle of mastication located by the angle of the jaw) is a common injectable procedure in facial rejuvenation, particularly among Asian patients. This procedure atrophies the muscle and therefore produces a slimming effect on the lower face. Patients with a round or square-shaped face often seek out this treatment to help achieve a narrower appearance to their face. Botulinum toxin injection is also a common adjunct procedure for temporomandibular joint (TMJ dysfunction), which is typically associated with symptoms of chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching due to stress. The treatment weakens the masseters and reduces muscle tension in this area.
Gummy smile, otherwise referred to as excessive gingival display, is a type of smile where there is excessive gum show below the upper lip. It occurs due to a variety of genetic reasons including short upper lip, excessive gum tissue, or small teeth. Natural appearing smiles typically only show up to 2 millimeters of gum below the upper lip. Patients with a gummy smile often feel self-conscious and lack confidence with their smile. Botulinum toxin injection is an increasingly popular non-surgical treatment option for this issue. When injected into the upper lip levator muscles, Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® will temporarily paralyze these muscles and therefore inhibit contraction and elevation of the upper lip with smiling. The overall result is less gum show with smiling and correction of gummy smile.
When injected in the lateral aspects of the eyebrows at the level of the orbicularis oculi muscle, botulinum toxin can create a natural chemical brow lift. This is a great adjunct treatment to counter the forehead relaxation and ultimate brow restriction that occurs with forehead treatment for relaxation of wrinkle lines. Furthermore, this proceudre is often utilized in treating and correcting for brow asymmetry as well.
Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeaveau® injections to the orbicularis oculi muscle softens the crow’s feet lines and result in more refreshed and awake-appearing eyes. Depending on the patient’s individual anatomy, Dr. Ho regularly performs this procedure combined with injection to the lateral brows for brow lift and to the lower eyelids for additional relaxation of the orbicularis oculi muscle to maximize eye rejuvenation with beautiful, natural results.
What is the Cost of Botox?
How long does Botox last?
Each person has a unique experience when it comes to the longevity of botulinum toxin, or Botox. With that said, results will vary from person to person. Generally, people should expect their Botox treatment results to last three to four months. However, some people may have longer-lasting results for four to six months, while others may only see results for two months. It is not unusual for first-time botox injections to wear off faster but then have longer-lasting results after the second treatment and beyond.
To help prolong your treatment, you can do a few simple things, such as:
- Avoid sun damage
- Moisturize your skin
- Manage your stress
- Avoid smoking
- Take a zinc supplement
The above-mentioned suggestions can help protect your skin and maintain your Botox results for even longer.
What age should you start Botox treatment?
You must be at least 18 years old to have botulinum toxin injections. Typically, people in their late teens and early 20s have yet to develop fine lines and wrinkles. However, most experts agree that preventative Botox injections are most effective for people in their mid-to-late 20s and early 30s, as this is when most people start to experience the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. However, Botox can also work to reduce or sometimes even eliminate deep wrinkles in older patients.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Getting a Botox injection will not make you look older after it wears off. In fact, if you use Botox for a period of time, it works to train your muscles not to make expressions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. This means that even after you stop treatments, it may take some time before your muscles return to making those same expressions (even though they are no longer paralyzed). Not only does it work to soften fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also soften deeper wrinkles and potentially eliminate them. If you choose to stop using Botox, you will not suddenly develop more wrinkles overnight.
What happens if you do not keep Botox treatment up?
If you stop Botox treatments, your wrinkles will eventually return. However, the return of wrinkles will be much slower than if you never had Botox injections. If you decide to take a break from Botox, you can choose to go back to it at any time. To experience the most preventative effect from Botox, however, it is recommended that you pursue regular Botox treatments every three to four months.
What should you not do before and after Botox treatment?
If you are a first-time for Botox injections, then there are a few things you should know about before and after treatment.
- Make sure you have a clear understanding of the Botox price and the number of units you may need to achieve desired results.
- Speak with your provider about your medical history, including current medications and any existing health conditions.
- You should stop taking blood thinners one week prior to treatment, as these medications can increase the risk of bruising and swelling.
- It is suggested to stop your retinol treatment two days before treatment.
- Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of treatment so that you feel your best and aid in preventing side effects.
Following your Botox injection, you will be provided with comprehensive directions about what you should and should not do during the aftercare period.
- Avoid irritating the injection site. While attempting normal facial expressions is encouraged, you should avoid rubbing or applying pressure to your face.
- Do not work out or physically exert yourself for at least 4 hours after treatment. Physical activity raises blood pressure, increases the risk of bruising and swelling, and may also increase the risk of Botox spreading to other areas.
- Protect your skin. You should avoid UV and heat exposure. You should avoid direct sunlight and other heat-inducing activities such as saunas and steam rooms. Make sure to wear sunscreen and other skin protection measures if you do venture outdoors.
- Do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours, as it could increase the risk of bruising.
- Avoid blood thinners for at least an additional two days following treatment.
- Continue not to use retinol for at least two days.
If you want to know more about activities you should and should not do before and after Botox injections, please get in touch with our office to learn more.