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Everyone will experience wrinkles as they age. The sun, free radicals, biological processes, and facial movement make wrinkles inevitable. With cutting edge technology and science, there are now many ways to prevent and treat the appearance of wrinkles. From professional skincare treatments to surgical correction, Sarasota Surgical Arts provides a wide variety of anti-aging options. Among the most sought after treatments to diminish the early signs of aging is BOTOX injections. Sarasota Surgical Arts offers the best BOTOX Sarasota and Southwest Florida offers.


Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and other providers have used BOTOX for almost two decades to temporarily disable certain unnecessary muscle movements. These movements create wrinkles known as “dynamic wrinkles”. Dynamic wrinkles only form when you perform certain movements, such as raising your eyebrows or scowling. Over time, dynamic wrinkles can create more permanent wrinkles and creases.

When BOTOX is injected, it prevents these movements. Thus, this results in both the prevention and treatment of wrinkles. First FDA approved for wrinkle reduction in 2002, Botulinum toxin continues to be the gold standard of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Millions of BOTOX injections take place every year in the United States.

A Botox Before & After
A Sarasota Botox Before & After

Science Behind BOTOX

How does BOTOX stop the unwanted movement? Simply put, it uses one of the world’s most deadly toxins, Botulinum. This is the same toxin that results in botulism and can be fatal in high doses. While this may sound concerning, BOTOX is not pure botulinum toxin. Certain proteins are extracted from the toxin. They then purify and add it to a formulation that makes BOTOX safe. Additionally, the fatal dosage is somewhere around 3,000 units. The maximum number of units injected for wrinkles is usually around 100.

Botulism eventually causes paralysis. When purified down into BOTOX, the minuscule quantities of BOTOX can address specific muscles and sites. Once injected, the BOTOX prevents signals to the brain that cause specific wrinkle-causing movements. Normal facial expressions are maintained.

Your body will slowly metabolize the BOTOX over the next few months. To maintain results, you will require future injections roughly every three to six months. Therefore, when it wears off, the treated areas will return to their original state.


Botox has countless benefits. Considered one of the biggest breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine, providers and patients love the results that neurotoxins can achieve. Some of the benefits of BOTOX in Sarasota may include:

  • Treats the appearance of facial wrinkles
  • Prevents fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can slightly lift to the brows
  • Most only experience minor side effects, if any
  • Enhance the results of other procedures and skincare
  • FDA-approved treatment
  • Results are temporary, allowing the patient to pinpoint the results they like best
  • Younger appearance
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Nearly painless
  • Suitable for adults of all ages
  • Few risks
  • Customizable treatment

The benefits of BOTOX injections are endless because of the various applications in which it is used. New cosmetic uses continue to be discovered and refined. It is a versatile, safe, and effective procedure that helps treat the signs of aging.


Most applications of BOTOX are located on the face to treat the formation of wrinkles. Though, other uses of the injectable, such as in a lip flip, go beyond treating wrinkles and the muscles that cause them. Let’s take a look at some of the most common BOTOX treatments.

Glabellar Lines

Glabellar lines appear when you scowl or knit your eyebrows together. They are sometimes called “the 11s” as glabellar lines often take the form of two parallel lines. BOTOX relaxes these lines. This is the area that BOTOX was first FDA-approved to treat and is still among the most common cosmetic use.

Forehead Lines

Forehead lines are often some of the first lines to form. You may notice horizontal lines across your forehead when you raise your eyebrows. BOTOX can treat these lines and prevent them from deepening or getting worse.


With age, the eyebrows sometimes begin to droop. While a brow lift is required when it becomes severe enough, for younger patients seeing only a small change, Botulinum toxin injections can lift the brow slightly. It can also achieve this for people who naturally have lower eyebrows.

Crow’s Feet

The lines along the corner of your eyes–better known as crow’s feet–also tend to give away age. Created by squinting and eye movement, BOTOX can treat the appearance of crow’s feet for a younger look. Along with glabella lines and forehead lines, the crow’s feet make up one of the most frequently treated areas.

Bunny Lines

The bunny lines are small dynamic wrinkles that form on the nose when scrunched. While these lines do not typically deepen significantly, they can diminish the skin quality. Also, some patients simply do not like the look of bunny lines. A small dose of a neuromodulator can soften bunny lines.

Nasolabial Folds

The nasolabial folds are the lines that run from the corners of your nose and down towards your mouth. While most people have some semblance of nasolabial folds, facial movement, environmental damage, and even sleeping on one side more than the other can contribute to the deepening of the folds. BOTOX–sometimes along with filler–can enhance the look of the nasolabial folds. It also prevents the crease from getting worse.

Filler is more commonly used to treat this area. However, depending on various factors, Dr. Sessa may recommend using a combination of toxins and fillers for the best results and wrinkle preventation.


The masseter muscle is located in the lower back portion of the face. Attaching to the jaw, it is largely responsible for moving the jaw. The masseter muscle can become overgrown and over projected which can create a wide looking face. The toxin thins the muscle which can slim the face and create a more defined jawline.


Like the face, the neck also suffers many of the consequences of aging and skin damage. One of these is “banding” where lines can form along the neck. Sometimes this is due to extra skin, and other times it has to do with the weakening and function of the muscles in the neck. BOTOX can smooth out the bands temporarily for a more youthful appearance. It can also enhance the results of a neck lift if some banding persists or develops.


Is 35 Too Old To Start BOTOX?

35 is not too old to start BOTOX. In fact, many people do not start BOTOX injections until their forties or fifties. The more important factors in whether or not you are a good candidate for BOTOX in Sarasota comes down to your skin quality, general health, medical history, goals, and anatomy of the treatment area.

Dr. Sessa or one of the injectors at Sarasota Surgical Arts will consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for BOTOX injections. As long as your anatomy and health are compatible with the treatment, you are likely a good candidate. There is no upper age limit. Since everyone ages differently, some may still use BOTOX while their peers are getting facelifts.

What Are The Side Effects?

Like any medical treatment or medication, BOTOX does come with the possibility of side effects. In general, BOTOX side effects are usually minor and resolve quickly on their own. Serious side effects are rare and nearly unheard of when the injections are performed by a qualified individual. Some side effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Pain at/near injection sites

What About Serious Side Effects?

If you have never had BOTOX before, some first time patients experience mild flu-like symptoms. Like other side effects, they should resolve without treatment within two weeks of the procedure. After the first injections, many patients do not experience this side effect again. However, some may continue to have flu-like symptoms. This may indicate that it is not the ideal treatment for you.

In especially rare cases, the spread of the toxin can cause drooping eyelids or brows. This is temporary, but the risk of this is why you should always make sure to see a qualified healthcare professional for your injections.

Do BOTOX Injections Hurt?

BOTOX injections feel similar to a vaccine. Patients usually tolerate the discomfort well. Sarasota BOTOX treatment is also quick, limiting the amount of pain you feel. Topical numbing is available upon request.

What Are The Differences Between BOTOX And Dysport?

BOTOX is the most well known neuromodulator on the market. For a long time, it was the only Botulinum toxin product for wrinkles. However, Dysport is now another injectable that utilizes Botulinum toxin. Since they are used for the same processes and contain the same main ingredient, what is the difference between BOTOX and Dysport?

The differences are subtle. First off, there are slight variations in their formulation and ingredients. They also come in different doses and the doses are not comparable to one another. Some providers and patients believe that Dysport kicks in faster, but BOTOX lasts longer. While most of the evidence is anecdotal, many patients like to try both to see which they prefer.

Is BOTOX Used For Anything Else?

Yes, neurotoxins have many medical applications. When the discovery that BOTOX had cosmetic applications occurred, BOTOX was undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of strabismus and amblyopia. It largely treats disorders having to do with the muscles or nerves including:

  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Chronic migraines
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Uncontrolled muscle spasms
  • Blepharospasm
  • Limb spasticity
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

How Much Is BOTOX In Florida?

The total cost of a BOTOX treatment in Sarasota will vary based on the number of units used. Our base pricing is $375 for 75 units. This typically treats three sites, but depending on your specific treatment plan, you may need more units.


Neurotoxin injections can make you look younger and prevent wrinkles in the long term. When seeking out BOTOX injections, it is important to find a qualified and experienced injector. At Sarasota Surgical Arts, Dr. Alberico Sessa has over two decades of experience as a cosmetic surgeon and has injected BOTOX and filler for just as long. He carries a deep understanding of facial anatomy and has helped a diverse group of patients reach their anti-aging goals with BOTOX. 

Sarasota Surgical Arts feature an experienced cosmetic surgeon and a team dedicated to providing you with the best care possible. Thus, they provide the best BOTOX Sarasota offers. Located steps away from Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota Surgical Arts is your top destination for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Florida.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 941-923-1736. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.