Frequently asked questions
Here's what most patients want to know
Botox is largely used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Preventative Botox has also grown popularity in young adults as a preventive measure to stop wrinkles before they start. Initially wrinkles will appear when making facial expressions and go away at rest. However, over time wrinkles will start to stick around, even when you’re not making those expressions. Treating the earliest signs of wrinkles will avoid this from happening and is key to aging gracefully.
Botox is a purified protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. It is extremely safe, although temporary method of improving wrinkles with results lasting 3-4 months.
Botox is usually priced per unit. Different areas of the face require different amounts of units. For example, the crow's feet by the eyes requires between 10-15 units per side, the glabella between the eyebrows requires between 20-30 units and the forehead between 10 to 20 units. The average number of units patients use is 50 units per session. The procedure may cost anywhere from $250 to $1500, depending on where you want it injected and how much Botox is needed.
- It Really Works: Botox has been proven to work and is FDA-approved. Not only does it work, it practically erases wrinkles for 3 months. It’s not a fad – Botox does work, and it works very well!
- It’s Quick and Almost Painless: The injection itself only takes 5-10 minutes! Even though Botox is administered via needles, they are extremely small and once the procedure is complete, patients don’t feel pain.
- There Is No Downtime: In most cases, there is no downtime with Botox. Some patients may have tiny bruises on the places where the needle hit the skin, but that is about it.
- The Results Are Quick: You will see the results of Botox within 2-7 days but it will take 2 weeks to see the full result.
- It’s Not Permanent: You can decide whether you want to continue doing Botox or you would rather go to the way things were. Botox gradually wears off in several months and you will return to your pre-treatment appearance.
- The Benefits of Botox Are Not Just Aesthetic: The primary purpose of aesthetic Botox is erasing wrinkles, but it can also reduce excessive sweating, relax muscle pain, and help with migraine relief. For those patients who grind their teeth during the night, Botox can be the solution as well.
- It’s Not Permanent: If you like your Botox results, you will have to have it injected at least twice a year to maintain the wrinkle-free look. The results usually last 3-4 months, and that’s how often you will need to receive your injections.
- Some Facial Expressions May Be Lost: When improperly injected, Botox may cause the appearance of a constantly frowned or surprised look or prevent squinting. Basically, it can lead to a lack of proper facial expression.
- It’s Costly: Paying for Botox several times a year is not exactly a walk in the park. The procedure may cost anywhere from $250 to $1500, depending on where you want it injected and how much Botox is needed.
- It Can Take Several Tries: Sometimes patients don’t get amazing results after their first Botox and may need to come back for a touchup. However, this rarely happens with experienced injectors who know their Botox and facial anatomy.
- There Can Be Side Effects: The most common potential side effects include pain, swelling, and redness near the injection sites. Less often, Botox causes eyelid drooping, vision problems, headache, tiredness, and allergic reactions.
Your first Botox appointment will likely be quick and easy. Typically, the entire treatment is completed in 20 minutes or less. Here’s a detailed list of what to expect from beginning to end of the treatment:
- You and the specialist will review what was discussed at your consultation appointment including how much Botox you’re getting and in which areas.
- The specialist will carefully identify and mark the areas to be treated.
- If you’re concerned about discomfort, the specialist will use ice or a numbing cream to numb the targeted area(s).
- The specialist will use a very thin needle to inject very small amounts of BOTOX Cosmetic into the affected areas of the face or area of the body to be treated..
- The results of Botox will kick in within 2-7 days but it will take 2 weeks to see the full effect.