BOTOX® Injections Treatment Questions and Answers Archive

Mar
2001

Q&A: Where can I get Botox injected in my forehead and upper lip?

Question:

when I was in Hawaii, I had botox injected in my forehead and upper lip. It took twice to have it be great, but I loved it. Now I'm in New York City and it's four months later and I want to get injected again, but none of the doctors I've come across here will inject in the upper lip. I can't imagine why, it worked so great and erased those awful purse lines. Do I have to go all the way back to Hawaii to find a doctor?

- rose

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Rose, It is obvious that my plastic surgical colleague above has never heard of microBotox injections but I am certain that he will. I have done many of these in Hawaii and I am not certain if I did your injection or not. I am certain that there are a number of plastic surgeons in NY who could perform the procedure as word is getting out that it is possible to weaken portions of the circular muscles around the mouth and around the eyes with minute amounts of the Botox without fear of paralyzing the entire muscle. You may have to visit with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon who is more up-to-date on the procedures available. Let me know if he/she requires information on the technique and I can send it to him/her.

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2000

Q&A: At 44 years old I am a colon cancer survivor. Is there any risk for having Botox?

Question:

Good day, At 44 years old I am a colon cancer survivor. After surgery and 7 months of cemo, I am doing very well. Now that I am well, I would like to look better. I am considering Botox for the lines on my forehead and around my eyes. Approx. what is the cost of that procedure, and is there any risk involved? fondly, Lisa

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Botox varies in price across the country. I charge $300 for injection of each paired muscle group (like the frown lines between your eyebrows) and I do not charge for re-injection if necessary, one week later if it has not been 100% effective. Different people charge different amounts. It is very safe with the biggest risk being incompetent injection and thus effect on other surrounding muscles (like those that keep the eye open). I would suggest that you visit with a plastic surgeon for your injection to minimize the risks.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2000

Q&A: BOTOX® does not last for me, so are there other options for the creases between my brow?

Question:

My Dr. even admitted that Botox did not work for me for more than a couple of weeks. Why would that be? Is there anyway to overcome this as I would like to be able to use Botox. Are there any other similar things that I can try? Are there any fillers that you recommend to fill the creases between my brows? Thanks for your reply

- Carol

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Botox works for all individuals when injected correctly in the appropriate place. There may be some individuals who develop antibodies to the toxin and develop decreased activity but certainly not within a few weeks. I would suggest that you visit with another plastic surgeon in your area to have the injection performed. Fillers tend not to work too well in areas that are constantly in motion. A brow lift, if you need one, usually permanently addresses this area by removing the muscles that work to furrow the brow in the frown area you describe. If you otherwise need this surgery, that is an excellent means of permanently removing the frown line creases.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii