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Botox Cosmetics

Looking for the best way to look and feel younger? Try Botox injections at Shea Essence! At Shea Essence Spa, we understand that you always want to look and feel your best.  While we all age,  it doesn't mean you have to look old and tired.  Schedule a FREE consultation and talk with one of our doctors today.

Botox is a simple process by which a chemical injection essentially freezes the targeted facial muscles, putting a temporary stop to the wrinkling process. The result? Instantly look years younger, healthier, and happier without going under the knife, long painful recovery periods, or invasive medical procedures.

The process takes effect in just a few short days and the look lasts for several months.  You will see the difference in how you look, and when you look good, you feel good.    Live the life you want, you've earned it.

Before and After

A purified protein derived from Botulinum Toxin A, known by the brand name Botox, has been approved since 2002 for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines. These lines and wrinkles in forehead and eye area are due to muscle contractions within the face which occur during facial expressions, squinting (from the sun, or to read), or other muscle contractions. Botox works to relax the muscles, smoothing away the unsightly lines that age us and make us look more tired.

Botox should only be administered by a Cosmetic Physician who has familiarity with the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form, and that has experience with the exact placement of Botox to yield a natural appearance, without asymmetry or an overdone appearance.

Botox can be used to release wrinkles across the forehead and between the eyes, banish crow’s feet (the lines around our eyes),  lift eyebrows, and to relax vertical bands in the neck.

Botox is different in use than fillers. Dermal fillers work to increase volume, replacing lost collagen and fat, and lifting wrinkles and folds up and out. Botulinum Toxin A, such as Botox, works to relax muscles that cause wrinkles and lines, releasing lines, and preventing further deepening of wrinkles.

Botulinum Toxin A, branded as Botox, provides a buffer to neurotransmitters within the injected muscles, lessening the signal to contract. This allows the muscle to lengthen, releasing wrinkles and folds. When Botox is injected properly, it only lessens, not eliminates these neurotransmitter signals. Correct use of Botox leads to reduced facial movement, not a complete paralysis, as is seen in “frozen faces.” We never like that look. That is one of the effects of bad Botox, when it is done at a sketchy location or by a doctor who does not specialize in Botox.

Botox is drawn into a syringe from a vial. We use fine gauge needles, to lessen the discomfort during injection. Botox is not mixed with lidocaine or any other numbing agent. Patients concerned with pain can use ice and/or numbing cream prior to injections.

Botox complications have most often been associated with non-cosmetic treatments and unqualified practitioners. Possible side effects include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, redness or pain at the injection site, and droopy eyelids.

Start with a cosmetic consultation with one of our Doctors at Shea Essence.  If you wish to have injections the same day as your consultation, you can further prepare, starting a week before, by avoiding excess sun and stopping over the counter medications and vitamins that increase risk of bleeding (St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc).  You’ll have to remove any makeup before Botox is injected, but it can be re-applied directly after the treatment. We stock makeup remover in the office, and have mirrors and cosmetics available in the room, for patient ease and comfort.

Botox’s full effects can take 2-14 days to develop. You should expect some immediate improvement, and further improvement for up to 14 days following treatment.

Botox is not a permanent solution. You will need to continue to receive injections to continue to see results. One of the benefits of being consistent with injections of Botox, however, is that most patients can expect to see Botox’s effect last longer, the more frequently they’ve been getting injections.

Botox is a potent drug, and can have very serious side effects. It is extremely important to have your Botox injected by a board certified dermatologist, who understands facial anatomy, and has been properly trained in injection techniques.

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