Injectable Botox has become a standard treatment for anti-aging, patients need to know what to expect. Patients should always consult their medical professionals and do their research before any medical procedure. The list below is 20 common questions, and answers patients have regarding Botox.
What Is Botox Used For?
Botox is administered to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face. This is accomplished by relaxing the facial muscles. Repetitive facial expressions over many years often cause wrinkles and lines. Relaxing the facial muscles prevents the formation of these expressions, and the result is fewer wrinkles and softer lines on the face.
Where Does Botox Work Best?
Botox works best on the following:
- Horizontal lines on the forehead (surprise lines)
- Frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s feet (fan-shaped lines extending from the outer corner of each eye)
- Smile lines (lines extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
- Smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips)
What To Expect From Cosmetic Botox Injections?
Common concerns patients have included:
- Pain or Discomfort from the injections
- Swelling of the face following injections
When performed by a well-trained Botox injector, Botox rarely causes bleeding and is relatively painless. Some slight inflammation is to be expected immediately following injections.
Do The Injections Cause Discomfort?
Any injection will cause some discomfort, but choosing an experienced, skilled Botox injector can help minimize discomfort. The needle size used for Botox injections is very small so that the pain will be minimal or even non-existent. Your injector may apply topical anesthetic creams or cold packs to help minimize discomfort.
Are The Cosmetic Results Immediate?
Results from Botox do not appear instantly. It can take about seven days before patients start to see a reduction or softening in the cosmetic appearance of wrinkles and other facial lines. Optimal cosmetic results appear two weeks after treatment.
How Long Do The Cosmetic Results Last?
The effects of Botox typically last for approximately three months. As the effects begin to wear off and the facial muscles move freely again, lines and wrinkles reappear. To maintain your new look, Botox injections are needed several times each year.
How Far In Advance Of A Special Event Should I Schedule Botox Treatment?
You should schedule Botox appointments at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead of your special event. That is the time it takes to see maximum cosmetic results. There may be some redness, swelling, and tenderness in the first seven days following treatment. Fortunately, these effects will go away quickly.
What Is The Best Age For Treatment With Injectable Botox?
The age of treatment depends upon the following factors:
- Patient’s sun exposure
- Skin color
Typically, patients will begin to seek Botox between the ages of 35 and 40. It is becoming more common for younger patients to start asking for Botox as a preventative aging treatment.
What Happens To Botulinum Toxin Once It Has Been Injected?
Once botulinum toxin enters the body through an injection, it blocks the nerve endings, relaxing the affected facial muscles. If some botulinum toxin molecules enter the bloodstream, the cosmetic dose (<100 units) is too low to cause systemic toxic effects.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Injectable Botox? Is It Only For Celebrities And Older Patients?
Patients should discuss side effects and if they are good candidates before treatment. Some factors that may prevent a patient from receiving Botox treatment include:
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Double Or Blurred Vision
Can Botox Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Injectables For Even Better Results?
Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers are commonly used together. When these two cosmetic treatments are combined, their results can last for as long as a year, whereas the effects of Botox alone last in the best case scenario six months. Botox relaxes the facial muscles, and Juvederm dermal fillers add volume, resulting in smoother facial skin.
Who Is Allowed To Administer Botox Injections?
A Botox injection is considered a medical procedure and must be performed by a well-trained and certified Cosmetic Injector.n Botox treatment should always be performed by a licensed professional to ensure optimal results and minimal side effects.
Can Dentists Inject Botox And Juvederm Dermal Fillers?
Yes, dentists are qualified to administer cosmetic injectables such as Botox and Juvederm with proper training and certification.
Marielaina Perrone DDS is certified thru the American Academy Of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) with extensive clinical experience.
Dentists have advanced education and training in the oral and facial muscles. This extensive knowledge of muscles and facial structures allows them to safely deliver Botox and dermal filler injections. They also use needles daily and have the technique to make injections as painless as possible.
How Can I Be Confident That I Am Receiving Real Botox?
Unfortunately, counterfeit Botox is a very real thing. It is also difficult to detect. This is why patients must have confidence in choosing the right Cosmetic injector.
Are There Any Side Effects To Injectable Botox?
With proper injection technique, the side effects are very minimal.
Common side effects include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Swelling At Or Near The Site Of Injection
- Muscle Stiffness
- Back Or Neck Pain
Other side effects can include flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose). An allergic reaction to Botox is also possible in some patients.
Does Injectable Botox Have Any Unwanted Cosmetic Side Effects?
The most severe side effects can include permanent disfiguration and loss of facial muscle functionality due to facial nerve paralysis.
Less severe side effects include:
- Drooping of the brows and upper eyelid.
- Partial or slight paralysis of the face.
- Eyelid Swelling.
- Eyes pointing upward or downward instead of straight ahead.
- Skin rash.
Patients should ask for more information about the possible side effects of Botox treatment before beginning.
What Is The Difference Between Botox And Juvederm Dermal Fillers?
Botox is a neurotoxin that decreases the activity of the facial muscles that cause wrinkling. Juvederm dermal fillers fill the affected areas with hyaluronic acid. Juvederm dermal fillers add volume to the face and also lift and tighten it. Botox and Juvederm are a perfect combination for optimal cosmetic results.
What Is The Cost Of Injectable Botox?
On average, in terms of cost per unit of Botox, the price ranges from $12-$15 per unit.
What Happens At The Actual Botox Treatment?
The Botox injector will make a series of injections in the desired areas of the face. The patient can then return to normal activities but should follow aftercare methods until any adverse effects have subsided.
Injectable Botox Conclusion
With Botox, there are good cosmetic effects and, while rare possible unappealing side effects. When performed correctly, your dentist should customize it for each person’s facial features. They must consider the facial muscles used the most, a person’s job, facial features, and personal desires and preferences.
“Great Botox” requires training, experience, steady hands, listening to and acknowledging patient’s needs, the eye of an artist, and the innate ability to understand proper facial balance.
Botox treatment is not a one size fits all cosmetic procedure. The right botox injector can create a marvelously natural look that makes you more refreshed and relaxed looking. In my opinion, the ultimate Botox injections will minimize or reduce wrinkles, but with maximum movement!