Frequently asked questions
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox is a neuromodulator that is injected into specific treatment areas using an ultra-fine needle. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals needed for facial muscles to contract. It’s the continuous contraction of these facial muscles that cause expression lines and wrinkles. Once injected, Botox relaxes the muscles and decreases their movement to reduce the appearance of lines or wrinkles in the area. You will see your results gradually over 3-7 days following injection.
WHAT AREAS OF THE FACE CAN BE TREATED WITH BOTOX?
Botox can be used to soften lines and wrinkles on several areas on the face; including the forehead, around the eye (crow’s feet), between the brow and lip lines. Botox may also be injected to soften dimpling of the chin. It can also be injected into the muscles of the jaw to help alleviate pain from teeth grinding or TMJ or for a jaw slimming effect. Some of these treatment areas may be considered "off label" use for Botox.
IS BOTOX PAINFUL?
The injections are not considered painful. Most patients report a brief period of discomfort during the injection, which does not continue once the procedure is complete.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Typically it takes 3-5 days to see the effects of Botox. For some, it may take up to 2 weeks to realize the maximum effects.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX LAST?
The results of Botox typically last between 3-4 months from the date of injection. Over time the body metabolizes the Botox, leading to the slow return of muscle movement in the areas treated. By undergoing consistent periodic maintenance treatments every 3-4 months, the effects of Botox will last longer.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Potential side effects from a Botox treatment may include bruising, swelling, redness, or tenderness around the injection site, all of which will resolve without intervention after a few days to a week.
SHOULD I DO ANYTHING TO PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENT?
One week before your treatment most physicians will advise patients to stop consuming alcohol or taking medications or supplements that thin the blood like aspirin, ibuprofen, Gingko Biloba, fish oil (Omega's) or Ginseng. This will help minimize bruising after the procedure.