Your Botox Questions Answered
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around the world. Each year, millions of women and men utilize this anti-aging treatment to improve their appearance without surgery or downtime. Botox, or similar therapies like Xeomin and Dysport, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles around the brow, eyes, and forehead. It is FDA-cleared, safe, and effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) How does Botox work?
Botox attaches to the nerves and prevents them from sending the signal to the muscles. The muscles can relax and the skin over the muscles looks smoother.
2) Is Botox safe?
Botox was initially used by Ophthalmologists in the 1990’s to treat eye movement disorders and uncontrollable blinking. In addition to cosmetic treatments, Botox is used for many medical indications like bladder spasticity, cervical dystopia, migraines, teeth grinding and many more. It has been safely used in millions of patients for over 20 years.
3) How long does Botox last?
In most people, treatments last for 3-4 months. Results are dose dependent and higher doses create longer lasting results.
4) When is a good age to start using Botox?
Botox is FDA approved on people over age 18. It can be used to prevent wrinkles from developing in younger patients treated with low doses and in older patients to remove wrinkles and prevent them from getting worse.
5) Who is not a candidate for Botox?
People who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with a previous allergic reaction to Botox or its components, people with neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis are not candidates for this treatment.
60 What are the most popular areas to treat with Botox?
The elevens or the furrows between the brows are the most frequently treated areas. Also, the horizontal forehead lines and the areas around the eye corners, also known as the crow’s feet.
7) What areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox can be used on both the upper and lower face. In addition to treatment of the forehead, the lower face can be treated for facial slimming, TMJ, and downturned mouth. Gummy smiles and lip flips can be done to create a more attractive mouth. Botox is also FDA approved for migraine treatment.
8) What is the Nefertiti neck lift?
Botox can be used to relax the platysma. The platysma is a superficial neck muscle that acts to pull the face downward, contributing to jowling and a downturned mouth, which looks sad. By relaxing it, the neck and face look defined and less like a turtle. Also, the progression of jowling is reduced.
9) What else besides Botox can relax wrinkles?
Botox is one of four FDA approved neuromodulators. Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau are all effective Botulinum type A medications that can be used. Injectors often have a favorite based on their experience.
10) Does Botox hurt?
Botox treatments are quick and comfortable. Very tiny needles are used and carefully placed.
11) How long does it take to see results?
Botox starts to work in 3-5 days and is in full effect after 14 days. It starts to wear off after several months and most people are retreated every 12-16 weeks to maintain a smooth appearance.
12) How much does it cost?
Botox is priced per unit and dose is dependent on your goals, number of areas treated, strength of the muscle. Budget is discussed prior to treatment and a plan is created.
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