What is the best age for starting Botox?
Everyone’s anatomy and facial muscles are unique. If you have visible dynamic lines and want a younger appearance, then you would benefit. So, if you are a good candidate, you should get Botox regardless of your age. It’s the provider’s job to first do an assessment and only treat you if you can benefit. We routinely do Botox treatments for people in their twenties and have on occasion refused to treat those in their 40s.
What is a Neuromodulator?
Botox is the most famous neuromodulator. These substances work by “modulating” the nerve signals Which tell muscles of the face to form wrinkles. They block the chemicals released by nerves which interact with receptors on muscles. This effect is temporary and does not damage the nerves or the muscles themselves. Like any muscle however, the less it is used, the thinner it may become. Other available and less know neuromodulators include Xeomin and Dystport.
Can Botox really prevent wrinkles?
Although no specific scientific studies have been done, most experts will agree that Botox can be a preventative measure. By reducing skin folding Botox prevents static wrinkles from developing in the first place. This is the primary reason for most young people seeking Botox. For wrinkles that are already there, Botox can literally freeze them in their tracks, so they don’t get deeper.
How much Botox will I need?
Botox comes in a dried powder and must be dissolved in a liquid for injection. Depending on how much liquid your provider uses, your volume of injections may vary. What really matters is how may units are used and how many regions are treated. The manufacturer recommends 20 to 24 units per region. The forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet are the most common regions. An experienced Botox injector should customize your dose specifically for your facial anatomy. The material will be injected in small one tenth of a milliliter amounts using a tiny (36G) needle.
Do Botox treatments hurt?
No need to feel squeamish. Extremely small needles are used, and your skin is chill momentarily before injections. Most barely feel no more discomfort than a slight pinch from the needle. Some people may feel a slight momentary burn or tingle as the tiny volume of liquid is injected. The whole procedure is typically over in 10 to 15 minutes and don’t expect any pain or discomfort afterwards.
What should I do after the treatment?
Immediately after getting Botox, you may look like you’ve been attacked by mosquito. Tiny bumps at the injection sites typically go away in about 20 to30 minutes. Play it safe, avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment areas of your face, lying down, or working out for several hours after your treatment. Basically, for you to have the best intended results, the Botox material should stay exactly where it was placed. Next, you need to be patient. It takes 3-5 days for the Botox effect to become noticeable.
What can I expect from the Botox?
Don’t expect to notice anything for the first few days. Gradually you won’t be able to make as many wrinkles even if you consciously try to. This can be a subtle gradual change over a week and not everyone will even notice. Your close friends and family might throw comments like you look “more refreshed” or “well rested.” Many people also feel less tension in their forehead and most have fewer headaches. All these effects will gradually fade over 3-4 months. Alcohol, stress, trauma, and excessive sun exposure may speed this up. Botox effects tend to last longer the more consistently and regularly you get treatments.
What are “dynamic” wrinkles?
Some wrinkles form or deepen when we move or contract the muscles of our face. Since these small muscles are located inside the skin layer the skin fold every time. These “dynamic” wrinkles are treated with Botox and tend to go away or soften as soon as we relax facial muscles. However, not unlike a piece of paper, repeated folding of skin will eventually leave a permanent crease. Once you have these “static” wrinkles, they are not likely to go away with Botox alone.
What are the risks of Botox treatments?
Any time we use a needle, there is a risk of skin infection, but we’ve never seen one. There is also a chance of bumping into a small superficial blood vessel. This could cause a very small bruise that resolves typically in a few days. Temporary eye lid droop has been reported and there are some other very rare and theoretical risks include on the Botox package insert. Like getting your hair done, there is a risk you might not be completely satisfied with the “look.” If this is the case, come back in a week and we will do whatever necessary to get you the look you want.
What is the Cost of a Botox treatment?
Most of what you pay covers the cost of Botox material itself. Some providers charged by the units used while others charge one price for each region treated. Each region might require 18-24 units for good result and typically Botox will cost you $12 to $16 per unit. Expect to pay $225 to $375 for each region fully treated. When paying for Botox by the region, you’ll pay $250 to $300 and your provider will use as many units necessary to get you the look you want.