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Botox: What you need to know

What is Botox?

Botox is an injection treatment commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). Also used for treatment of migraines, excessive sweating, and psoriasis, Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic injectables used to enhance appearance and reduce the visible signs of aging.

How does Botox work?

Over the years, frowning, squinting, smiling and raising your eyebrows cause repeated muscle contractions that contribute to frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. A 10-minute treatment with Botox temporarily relaxes these muscles and encourages visible smoothing of lines on the forehead, between the brows and at the corners of the eyes.

When will I see results?

You can expect to see results within 24 to 48 hours, with results improving over the first couple of weeks following treatment.

Is Botox permanent?

Botox is not permanent. You will gradually see a return of lines in the treated areas in four to six months. The better you care for your skin and avoid wrinkle-causing behaviors such as squinting, the longer the results of treatment will last.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is safe when administered by a licensed, trained professional in a safe environment, and complications are rare. Incorrect application can lead to poor results. When discussing Botox treatment with a practitioner, ask to see before and after photos of Botox clients.

How long does it take to recover from Botox injections?

Botox is injected using a small needle, so you may feel some minor discomfort during treatment. There is no recovery time but you might experience some redness or minor bruising that will quickly go away. There is no requirement for downtime following Botox treatments, and you can return to most of your normal daily activities following your appointment.

How much does Botox cost?

Botox is priced by the unit, so total cost depends on the number of units required to get your desired results.

I have an event coming up. When should I get Botox to look my best?

Plan your Botox treatment at least three to four weeks before your event. It takes a couple of days to see initial results, and maximum results occur around 10 to 14 days and last about three months. If you bruise from the needlestick, bruising should resolve in about a week.

Are there alternatives to Botox?

Dysport and Xeomin are also made from Botulinum type A and can give similar results. We’ll be happy to discuss these alternatives with you during your consultation.

Note: There are no FDA-approved generic formulations of any of these substances. Always make sure you’re getting brand-name products.

What is “baby Botox”?

Some clients aren’t concerned about wrinkles they already have; they want to prevent them from showing up in the first place. Using Botox in a preventative way like this is known as “baby Botox” and may be an option for clients in their 20s or early 30s.  

What’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox is a neurotoxin that reduces the muscle activity that contributes to skin wrinkling. Dermal fillers work by plumping up the skin to smooth surface wrinkles.

Is Botox right for me?

Botox is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging. Botox injections can be used on men and women of all ages effectively and can be done in less than an hour in the doctor’s office. You should not receive Botox treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The best way to determine whether any cosmetic procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation, when we can talk about your medical history, lifestyle and desired results. Call 540-375-9070 today to make an appointment.