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Botox is essentially a safe, purified botulinum toxin for wrinkle reduction that works by binding to the muscle receptor. This decreases muscle contraction and therefore decreases wrinkle visibility and formation. This means that when Botox is injected into targeted muscles of the face, those muscles’ activity is temporarily reduced. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance. When you work with an experienced provider, you will get the rejuvenated results you want while still being able to make your regular facial expressions. A certified and well-trained medical professional will not over inject you. 

Benefits of Botox

Cosmetically, Botox is most commonly used to treat:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Horizontal forehead creases
  • Moderate to severe frown lines
  • Smoker’s lines at the lips
  • Unwanted cleft in the chin
  • Facial scars
  • Uneven eyebrows
  • Vertical neck bands and lines
  • Marionette lines
  • A smile that shows excessive gums
  • Wrinkling of the décolleté
  • Corners of the mouth that turn downward

How much do Miami Botox treatments cost?

The average cost of Botox at The Maercks Institute in Miami is from $1000.

Candidates for Botox

If you’re considering getting Botox injections in Miami, it may be the perfect treatment for your desired aesthetic goals. Those who are not good candidates are those who:

  • Are allergic to ingredients in Botox
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a neurological condition
  • Have an active skin infection or condition

What happens during a Botox treatment

Your skin will be cleansed and prepped, and then shortly afterward Dr. Maercks will identify the injection site. He will then administer the Botox, which typically takes about 15 minutes. A very small needle is used to keep any discomfort at a minimum, and patients often report very little pain.

Recovery and results

There is no downtime required after Botox injections, and the majority of patients are able to return to their regular day immediately afterward. Very minimal side effects may occur after Botox including slight stinging, bruising, swelling, or redness where the Botox injections were made. Lying down after treatment should be avoided for at least six hours. In addition, no alcohol should be consumed during this period. 

Over the following two days after your Botox injections, be very gentle when applying any sort of product to the face, don’t sleep directly on your face, and avoid heavy exercise. Side effects that are much rarer include blurry or double vision, change/loss of voice, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or loss of muscle strength in the instance that the Botox spreads away from the injection site. Most patients see their wrinkle reduction results from Botox injections within 4 to 8 days of treatment, and these results last for up to six months. Once the results begin to fade, you can return for a touch-up treatment.

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Watch out for counterfeit Botox

Botox is an incredibly in-demand treatment, and of course, everyone is on the lookout for the best deals available. While there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of specials or deals from reputable providers, it is very important to always do your research and make sure that anyone who is administering Botox is licensed, certified, and experienced — with great reviews that are genuine.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of “discount” Botox out there that is extremely watered down or may even contain dangerous ingredients. There have been cases reported where the product isn’t even actual Botox, rather, it is “counterfeit Botox” that can be misbranded, contaminated, improperly stored or shipped, etc. Not only will this type of Botox not be effective; it may even pose a threat. True Botox is on the pricey side because it includes not only the cost of the product but also the skill and expertise of the doctor who administers it. This is very valuable in itself, and something to keep in mind when seeking Botox in Miami

Why choose The Maercks Institute for Botox in Miami?

The Maercks Institute is a high-profile, Miami-based surgical center that offers a variety of advanced techniques in laser resurfacing, injectables, and surgical procedures that challenge “status quo” plastic surgery by delivering bespoke results that appear as if they are made by nature. President and medical director Dr. Rian Maercks is a board-certified cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon who is double-fellowship trained, with a unique combination of specialized expertise in cosmetic breast and body procedures. His approach to both surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face and body have garnered him international recognition by surgeons and patients alike, and his undergraduate training in fine arts and philosophy created the framework through which he explores the world of medicine and plastic surgery. Even in simple treatments such as Botox, Dr. Maercks elevates the standard of patient care — not only solving his patients’ issues, but doing so in the most satisfactory, safest, and effective way possible. We welcome you to contact us to schedule your Botox consultation with us today.

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Is Botox really safe?

Yes. Botox is FDA-approved and was first introduced into the cosmetic industry for wrinkle reduction in 2002. Since then, millions of Botox treatments are safely performed every year. In addition, Botox is also frequently used for medical purposes, such as treating muscle spasms, migraines, teeth grinding, and excessive sweating.

What is a Botox unit?

A “unit” is how Botox is measured, rather than being measured by its volume or weight. The unit is the biological activity and potency of the Botox. To give you a better idea, the standard medical vial that we have all seen contains 100 units.

What are the risks of Botox injections?

Please see the “Recovery” section above for the possible side effects of Botox injections. If you choose a licensed and experienced Botox provider in Miami, there is very little risk involved because they will know the right questions to ask you regarding allergies or health conditions. Those with muscle or nerve conditions should always inform Dr. Maercks before undergoing any type of treatment. Over-injection is a possibility, which can result in a lop-sided appearance in the face, but this will not happen if you’re careful when choosing your provider. The bottom line is to select a certified medical professional to administer Botox injections.

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