Known for its effectiveness and natural results, Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Still, many people have questions about this treatment even though it is relatively common. While no amount of reading compares to an individualized consultation with a licensed medical professional, here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions about Botox.
What is Botox used for?
Botox has a wide variety of uses and is used to treat anything from excessive sweating to migraines. Its most well-known and common use, however, is for cosmetic purposes. Botox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the face and neck.
How long does Botox last?
Botox is a temporary solution to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It typically lasts between three and six months.
Does Botox slow down aging?
While Botox lessens the appearance of wrinkles, it does not reverse them entirely. However, treatment can prevent fine lines from growing deeper and more noticeable. This is a large reason we have seen an increase in patients in their twenties, thirties, and forties as a form of preventative aging.
When should you start getting Botox?
There is no magic number when you should start getting Botox. If you have wrinkles that are starting to get etched in the skin when you are not moving those muscles (known as dynamic wrinkles) then it is time for Botox. However, once these wrinkles have formed, it is much harder to get rid of them than to prevent them from happening in the first place. Some choose to use Botox to prevent wrinkles from developing by starting in their twenties. Everyone is different, so schedule a consult on when the right time to start Botox is for you.
Can Botox lift brows?
Botox can be used for what is called a “Botox brow lift.” It works by relaxing specific muscles around the eye area. The position of your brow is partially determined by the balance between a group of muscles that pull the brow up and a group of muscles that pull the brow down. The position of the lateral brow is determined by the upwards pull of the frontalis muscle in the forehead against the downward pull of the lateral orbicularis muscle around the eye. With this treatment, the brows are lifted and appear smoother and more youthful.
Where does Botox go when it wears off?
Botox works by relaxing the point of specific muscles connected to nerves. Within a few months, the body develops new, unaffected nerves and metabolizes the Botox. This process is safe and natural.
Can Botox make your face numb?
Botox is not an anesthetic, meaning it won’t make your face numb to touch. However, you may experience a different feeling in that area because of your new inability to move specific muscles.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Generally, cosmetic patients can experience only mild and tolerable side effects following Botox treatment. These include possible bruising or swelling at the injection site, minor pain, headache, a fever or chills. These are temporary, usually subsiding within a few days.
How should I prep for Botox?
If approved by your medical provider, two weeks before your Botox appointment avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, fish oil, and other blood thinners. You should also avoid alcohol for three days prior to procedure. It may also help to increase your levels of vitamin K, found in dark leafy greens, to decrease or prevent bruising.
What should I avoid after Botox?
After Botox, it’s most important to avoid touching the area to prevent the product from spreading. It’s also best to avoid intense exercise or facial treatments in the first 24 hours after receiving Botox. Consult with Dr. Mejia for more after-care information.
When injected by a certified injector, Botox can produce amazing results, sometimes taking up to 10 years off your appearance. Request a consultation with Dr. Mejia or one of his physician assistants to learn more about smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and start on your own custom treatment.