What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX and similar products, such as Dysport®, work by relaxing specific muscles responsible for lines or wrinkles. These “expression lines” or dynamic wrinkles associated with repeated facial movements such as squinting, smiling, frowning, or elevating the brows, develop gradually throughout our lives.
What Does BOTOX Treat?
BOTOX treats an array of lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions (dynamic wrinkles), which first appear in our late 20s or early 30s. These include:
- Crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
- Worry lines between the eyebrows (11s)
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
Other cosmetic uses for BOTOX include jawline slimming, reducing the appearance of “bunny lines” on the bridge of the nose, and minimizing a dimpled appearance on the chin.
Do BOTOX Injections Hurt?
The needles we use for BOTOX injections are extremely thin and cause a brief twinge during the treatment. Patients may ask to have a topical numbing cream applied about 30 minutes before their procedure if they have a low tolerance for discomfort.
What Is Recovery Like After BOTOX Injections?
Patients rarely need any downtime following their BOTOX appointments and can return to work or other regular activities immediately after leaving Rejuvené.
We do advise patients to avoid:
- Lying down during the first 90 minutes after the procedure. Keeping your head elevated minimizes the risk of having BOTOX spread before it binds to the targeted muscle.
- Exercising for 24 hours. Raising your heart rate increases circulation which can also result in BOTOX spreading from the injection site.
- Rubbing the treatment area for 4 hours. Again, we want to avoid anything that may disperse the medication away from the targeted muscles.
Bruising is always possible after injections, but patients can reduce the risk of bruising by avoiding blood-thinning products during the week before their appointments. These include alcohol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), like aspirin and ibuprofen, fish oil, and vitamin E supplements.
How Long Does It Take To See BOTOX Results?
The results of BOTOX injections typically take 5 to 7 days or more to appear, so be sure to schedule in advance of any special events. The timeline varies for each patient and differs based on the treatment areas and the amount of BOTOX used to produce the desired outcomes.
Dr. Hodari schedules follow-up treatments with BOTOX patients 2 weeks after their injections to ensure they’re highly satisfied with their results.
Can You Combine BOTOX With Filler Injections?
We often recommend combining BOTOX with injections of dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® products to address different types of wrinkles. While BOTOX effectively treats dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movements, fillers replenish volume that’s lost as part of the natural aging process. The areas where we use fillers include the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lips, and under the eyes. The overall results produced by BOTOX and filler injections can be quite remarkable.
How much does BOTOX cost?
The cost of BOTOX treatments depends on the injection site or sites and the amount of BOTOX needed. Even though cost is an important consideration for virtually all patients, Dr. Hodari advises patients not to shop for the cheapest provider. An injector without adequate training or experience can often lead to disappointing results or unwanted side effects.
How long do BOTOX results last?
It typically takes about 3 to 4 months for the effects of BOTOX to wear off. Scheduling periodic treatment sessions can help maintain the results over an extended period of time. Studies show that regularly scheduled treatments tend to gradually lengthen the duration of results.
Can BOTOX prevent wrinkles?
Using BOTOX in your mid-to-late-20s before fine lines appear—a technique often called “preventative BOTOX”—is an effective way to postpone, if not prevent, the development of wrinkles. By limiting muscle movements that crease the skin, fine lines take longer to appear.
Can BOTOX be used in the lips?
Lip enhancement is typically performed with fillers, but BOTOX is used more frequently these days for a “lip flip.” Using microdoses of BOTOX to relax muscles controlling the upper lip results in “flipping” the upper lip just enough to create a more youthful, fuller look.