Questions About Botox®

If you are considering Botox® you might have a few questions before you commit. We have the answers you need to come to a safe and informed decision.

What is Botox®?

Botox® is an acronym for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. As administered by a qualified provider, it can reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles.

What Can Botox® Effectively Treat?

Botox® can often successfully treat:

Forehead lines
Lines between the eyebrows
Crow’s feet
Heavy brows
“Lipstick lines” around the mouth
Neck banding
Downturned corners of the mouth
Chin dimples
“Bunny lines” on the sides of the nose
Asymmetric brow
Lip flip
Masseters for TMJ or excess clenching
Hyperhidrosis of hands, face and feet

Other Questions About Botox®

Where is Botox® Placed?

Each procedure is unique to your wants and needs, so the location depends on the results you want to see. Your provider will inject Botox® into the muscle you want to target.

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® inhibits muscle contraction by temporarily paralyzing the nerve that generates muscle activity. Limiting the contraction of these muscles help smooth out wrinkles.

How Long Before I Notice Results?

The desired effects of Botox® typically appear within three to 14 days.

How Long Will I See Results?

The treatment lasts approximately three to four months before the muscles regain action. Repeat treatments can maintain your results. Without follow-up treatments, your lines will gradually return.

Is Botox® Safe?

Botox® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cosmetic treatment of forehead lines in 2002. The Botox® solution itself is purified. If you are concerned with potential side effects, your provider will answer your questions at your consultation.

What Are The Side Effects of Botox®?

In rare cases, Botox® can cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you feel dizzy, experience asthma-like symptoms or have problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking.

Other side effects may include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Discomfort at the injection site
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Blurry Vision

The possible risks and side effects of Botox® will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

Is Botox® Effective For Both Women and Men?

No matter your gender, you can be a good candidate for Botox®. Both men and women have achieved the results they desire with Botox®.
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Questions About Botox®

How Long Does Botox® Treatment Take?

Treatment varies from person to person as their procedure is unique to them, but it generally takes about 10 minutes.

Is Botox® Treatment Painful?

Botox® is injected with a small needle that many patients do not feel; others may experience minor, temporary discomfort at the injection site. Afterward, there should be very minimal or no pain.

Will Botox® Interfere With My Facial Expressions?

Although the results of diminished frown lines will be noticeable, Botox® will not dramatically alter your facial appearance.

Am I a Candidate For Botox®?

Botox® is not suitable for everyone. A consultation with your provider will determine if Botox® is right for you. Currently, Botox® is not approved for those under 18 years of age, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid its use. Botox® must be used with extreme caution in those suffering from muscular diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) or neuromuscular disorders.
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What Do I Do Next If I Decide I Want Botox®?

Once you decide you want Botox®, your next step is to schedule a consultation with one of our providers. At your consultation, you and your provider will discuss your health history, current medications, and the results you want to see. Then you’ll be ready to receive your Botox® treatment. To explore more about Botox® and determine the right treatment plan for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation.