• Botox Cosmetic®

  • Botox Cosmetic®

    Botox Cosmetic® is a purified neurotoxin that can soften creases & wrinkles of the face when injected properly by an experienced, licensed physician or Physician’s Assistant. When I established my niche vein practice in 1998, I traveled to South Florida to train with one of the few physicians in the country who was practicing with Botox treatment at that time. After my training, my wife Susie was my very first Botox client in 1999, and we use her original before and after pictures on our website to this day. Needless to say Susie & thousands of other clients I have treated since have all enjoyed the remarkable benefits of wrinkle prevention, brow lifting, and youthful look that Botox Cosmetic® promises. Negative outcomes, allergy, or reactions to Botox are extremely rare, it’s true, but there are some critical points to consider when choosing a Botox provider.

    Today, ads for Botox bargains abound through pre-paid coupon sites to email offers in your inbox. Here are critical points to consider when choosing a Botox provider; after all, it is your face, your money, and your health. Be savvy when selecting who earns your business. We all know that we get what we pay for.

    • Is the Botox provider a member of Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program? Easy to find out with this link: www.brilliantdistinctions.com
    • How long has the provider been practicing Botox Cosmetic? Many brand new providers who do not specialize in Aesthetic medicine are jumping into the market which means little experience injecting.
    • Are you able to inspect the Botox Cosmetic® vial when you come in for treatment? There is a hologram on every vial from Allergan that you can look for. (Yes, there is black market Botox!)
    • Does the provider have an M.D. as its Medical Director? Botox Cosmetic® is to be administered only by M.D., or P.A., A-RNP who practices under an M.D. license only. Licenses are simple to verify: www.floridahealth.com
    • How many dollars per unit does the Botox cost? Anything less than $7 a unit should be a red flag warning as Botox Cosmetic® costs on average $7/unit for a practice to deliver safely. Beware of practices “watering down” Botox or using knock off brands.
    • After treatment, monitor the effect of your Botox Cosmetic®. You should have about three months of effect; longer if you have been treated more than four times in same area consecutively.
    • Avoid Botox “parties” that are outside the clinical setting. Your risk of bruising is increased and results are typically unsatisfactory when Botox vials are transported about at room temperature.
    • Take selfies of your facial expression the day before you are treated so you can judge the results of your treatment yourself.
    • Communicate exactly what results you are looking for out of your treatment. Oftentimes, static creases are not softened at all by Botox, and you were not a good candidate for the treatment. You don’t want to find this out after spending the money!
    • Stick with the same provider for treatments. Once you find a provider you trust for Botox, continue to be loyal to that practitioner. Your history with Botox treatment will be on record there enabling your results to stay consistent over time. Plus most practices have incentives for your repeat business. Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions points are portable between practices but do expire so use your coupons when you earn them!
    • Experience, safety, credibility, and cost are all things to take into consideration when shopping for a Botox Cosmetic provider. Thank you for taking the time to learn about Botox Cosmetic.

    Richard S. Bragg, M.D. specializes in the treatment of venous insufficiency for varicose veins & has been in practice in Central Florida since 1998. A graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School in 1992, Dr. Bragg completed his Family Practice Residency at Florida Hospital in 1995 & went on to pursue a subspecialty in Phlebology. A past national trainer, Dr. Bragg specializes in EVLT (Endo-venous laser Therapy) for varicose veins. Dr. Bragg is owner and Medical Director of Florida Vein Care & Cosmetic centers: Lake Mary, East Orlando, and Dr. Phillips locations. Main phone # is (407)805-8989. His P.A.-C, Madge Geohagen, has more than 17 years experience injecting veins, Botox, & dermal fillers. Visit the practice at www.floridaveincare.com today!