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Botox Q&A: We Answer All Your Questions

Medical practitioners have been using Botox for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. Since being invented in 1987, Botox has become the most popular treatment in the United States to prevent or treat lines and wrinkles caused by movement of facial muscles.

It’s been the most commonly requested treatment at SKIN 101 Medspa for several years now, because it creates great results. If you are a little wary or don’t know if Botox is right for you, here are the answers to some of the most common questions that people ask.

Q. What exactly is Botox?

A. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines look better in adults. So you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines. Q. How does Botox work?

A. A combination of factors can cause facial lines. It’s not just about the cellular changes that may occur, or reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the surface and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults – to help them look visibly smoother.

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Q. Do Botox injections hurt?

A. Pain is minimal, the needle used for injections is very fine and the injections are very superficial to the skin. Most people report feeling a tiny pinch while being injected. 

Q. How early should I start getting Botox?

A. It's not your age that determines when BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you, it's the severity of your lines. In fact, 64% of plastic surgeons report seeing a rise in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments for patients in their early 30’s.

The truth is, everyone's lines form differently. The timing can be influenced by a combination of factors, from cellular changes that may occur over time, to reduction of collagen, to genetic factors, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.

Whenever your lines start to bother you, go speak with your doctor. They can help you determine if treatment is right for you.

Q. How long does Botox last?

A. You may begin to notice a visible smoothing of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines within 24 to 48 hours, but it does take 10-14 days for the full results to take effect. Results last up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines in adults. Keep in mind results vary by patient. Physical activity, metabolism, and the amount of Botox used has an effect on how long results will last. Most people achieve longer lasting results after subsequent treatments with Botox.

Q. How often do I need to get Botox?

A. Most patients will come in every 3-4 months to be retreated with Botox. Q. Where can I get Botox?

A. The most common areas that Botox is used for is the forehead, glabellar area (frown lines, between the eyebrows), smile lines (crow’s feet). These three areas are FDA approved for treatment. Other areas that Botox can treat are underarms (for excessive sweating), vertical lip lines, gummy smile, platysma bands (neck lines), dimpling chin, corners of the mouth, and masseter muscles (along the jaw for facial slimming and treatment of TMJ).

Q. Are there any side effects to Botox?

A. Small bruising or a pin-point needle mark are the most common side effects. They’re usually very mild but may las a few days. Headaches are also common, but they will subside in a day or two. Other side effects are droopy muscles and eye lids, stiffness, and muscle atrophy. After getting Botox, it’s important not to rub or touch the treated area for at least 12 hours and to not lie down for 3 hours after the procedure to prevent migration.

Q. How much Botox should I get?

A. The amount of Botox to get varies for each individual, but on average, patients use approximately 20 units per treatment area.

Q. Is there anything I should do to prepare before getting Botox?

A. Do not drink alcohol or take blood thinning medications such as Ibuprofen or aspirin 24 hours before you come in for a Botox treatment. If you bruise easily you can take arnica tablets, which can be bought at any drug store or grocery, one or two days prior. Q. How can I save on BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Be wary of discount products or “cheap” BOTOX® Cosmetic – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment.

The best way to save money on your treatments is to enroll in Brilliant Distinctions®, the Allergan consumer loyalty program that helps you earn points for savings on future treatments. It’s easy, and free! Learn more and enroll in Brilliant Distinctions® today to join over 6 million other members who are saving on their treatments. Join Brilliant Distinctions® Also be sure to check out our monthly specials and you can save even more on botox and other fillers.

Q. Ready to schedule your free consultation?

At SKIN 101 Medspa, we conduct a full consultation prior to each appointment and customize a treatment plan to deliver safe and natural results. It is important to note that results vary per person, and although very rare, studies have shown that about 1% of the population does not respond to Botox.

Call 281-251-2400 to schedule your appointment or email us at .

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