HOW DOES BOTOX WORK ?

Botox Guide

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What is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections block signals from the nerves to the muscle causing the muscle to no longer contract as forcefully which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

The FDA approved such usage in the late1980s when it was discovered that Botox could stop ailments such as uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye. Cosmetic physicians have been using Botox for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is an approved treatment for frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and axillary hyperhidrosis (increased sweating of the armpits).

How does Botox work?

Botox works by injecting the muscle, so it no longer contracts as forcefully, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

Where Botox can be used?

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines
  • Under eyes
  • Brow Lift
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunny lines (lines in the nose)
  • Chin (for dimpling)
  • Skin bands on the neck
  • Around the mouth (for smoker’s lines and down-turned corners of the mouth)

Botox is not a facial filler – it will not fill existing wrinkles or add volume to your face neither does it affect the quality of your skin, elasticity or the pigmentation.

What is Botox used for?

Botox can be used for aesthetic purposes and other conditions such as stopping excessive sweating. Recently we saw an increase of men receiving Botox into the scrotum.

  • Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance
  • Severe underarm sweating
  • Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
  • Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
  • Strabismus – misaligned eyes
  • Chronic migraine
  • Overactive bladder

How much do Botox treatments cost?

Botox prices fluctuate depending on where you receive your treatment and the number of areas treated. It is worth doing your research before you undergo Botox treatment – and remember that going ‘cheap’ isn’t always a good idea.

Understand the cost. We charge per $11/unit. To give some perspective, the average person needs about 20-40 units to treat horizontal forehead lines, 18-30 units to treat crow’s feet around the eyes and 15-30 units to treat the glabella (men need more).

More is more, not better! Botox is a strong neurotoxin that has the potential to dramatically alter the planes of your face. And smoother doesn’t always equal prettier.

The average Botox treatment price ranges from $350 to $500 for each area injected. Botox injection cost can vary greatly according to the region and the doctor who performs the procedure.

The cost of your Botox injections will depend on other factors as well. The qualifications of the surgeon, the time of year, and how many injections you are receiving may all come into play when determining your final Botox treatment cost.

Most practices have a flat cost for each injection of Botox Cosmetic, though some will break it down by “units” used per treatment. Flat rates are usually somewhere between $300 and $1000, while per-unit rates are usually around $10-15 per unit.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Botox Treatment?

There are several medically related Botox treatments that are usually covered by insurance, including treatment for blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching), excessive sweating, constant pain, and others. Insurance coverage for cosmetic uses of Botox injections is much less common, but you should consult your insurance provider to find out if you have coverage for Botox treatment.

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How long does Botox last?

The Botox effect lasts for 4-6 months – this means you will need top-ups a few times a year if you wish to maintain your look. Once you’ve had Botox injected, the effects on the muscles become apparent within a few hours, with the main effects appearing in about a week.

Botox Pre-Care Instructions

Contraindications to Botox include known allergy to botulinum toxin, certain neuromuscular disorders, or if you are pregnant or nursing.  Please inform us of any allergies or medical conditions you may have.

Avoid blood-thinning medications such as Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), Aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) for 5 days prior to your treatment and for 3 days after.  These may increase your chances of bruising.  Inform your doctor if you are on any prescription blood thinning medications (do not stop taking prescription medications unless specifically instructed to do so).

  • Do not drink alcohol or take Vitamin E the day prior to treatment and the day after your treatment as this can also increase bruising.
  • Schedule your treatment at least 2 weeks prior to a big event to allow the results to fully appear and so that any bruising has time to resolve.
  • Be sure to have a good breakfast/lunch on the day of your procedure.  This will reduce the chance of any light-headedness during the procedure.
  • When taking on a patient for treatment there are certain questions that need to be asked to avoid any unwanted complications or adverse reactions.

Medical History

You must complete a medical history form to determine if Botox is a suitable treatment for you. A clinic must be aware of all medical illnesses, diseases and conditions and whether the person has undergone any surgeries or procedures in the past. It is also important to know if the person is pregnant or nursing a child.

Medications

The Botox administrator should inquire about medication, herbs, supplements and other drugs the patient is taking and whether they have any allergies.

The patient receiving the Botox injections must stop taking blood-thinning medication at least a week prior to Botox injections. Avoid Aspirin, Advil, Excedrin, Vitamin E supplements and natural sources such as Fish oil, Ginseng and Gingko Bilbao. This helps prevent any bruising after the Botox treatment. All pain medications are to be avoided except Tylenol.

Alcohol

Another important Botox pre-care instruction is to cut down on alcohol in the days leading up to the Botox procedure to prevent bruising.

Region to Treat

If it is decided that Botox is the right solution for you, the next step is to decide which facial regions need to be treated. Discuss the ideal result – as sometimes the patient and medical professional might disagree on it. The targets of the Botox administrator should align with the patients.

Botox Aftercare Treatment

Exercise

The patient should exercise the injected areas by trying out natural facial expressions for an hour after they are injected to help Botox spread throughout the face. Refrain from heavy exercise for 24 hours after your treatment.

Massage

Patients must avoid massaging the Botox injected areas with their fingers for a few hours after the procedure, since the Botox may spread to unwanted areas. Avoid rubbing the areas that have been treated with Botox for the first 48 hours.

Painkillers

Painkillers should be used sparingly following the Botox injection for headaches or facial pain. Strong painkillers such as Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided at all costs.

Ice and Ointment

Bruising may occur from Botox, which may last a couple of days. This is normal and can be managed by applying ice to the affected area. Some people can also be prescribed topical ointments to speed the healing.

Facial Treatments

Facial treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion should be avoided for 24 hours after the Botox is injected to prevent any reactions and complications.

Physical Activity

Botox patients must limit physical activity because if the Botox spreads to unwanted areas it can cause breathing and swallowing problems. The patient must not lie down or bend for a couple of hours after they are injected.

Alcohol

Alcohol intake is to be restricted for those who have had Botox treatments done. It will only slow down the healing process and worsen any complication or side-effect that might occur due to the Botox injections.

Makeup

You may apply makeup after any pinpoint bleeding has resolved.

Your treatment will take effect in 3-7 days.  We recommend that you make a follow-up appointment for 2 weeks after your treatment so that we can evaluate your results and determine if any adjustments to your dose need to be made, especially if this is your first time getting Botox with us.

What are the risks of Botox?

Botox is a relatively safe treatment, but it should always be undertaken by a qualified medical professional. Visiting someone without the correct qualifications and experience for Botox could lead to asymmetrical results, muscle drooping, frozen expressions as well as various other dangerous consequences.

Are there any side-effects to Botox?

If the Botox treatment is carried out correctly, side effects are generally minimal – and some may not experience any at all.

Occasionally some light bruising or redness around the area of injection might occur, although this shouldn’t last long.

Rare side-effects can include difficulty in swallowing, speaking and breathing – if this happens you should seek medical attention immediately.

Here are a few side effects that you may experience:

  • Mild pain
  • Numbness
  • Headache
  • Mild nausea
  •  Flu-like illness
  • Double vision
  • Bleeding
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Swelling

What happens if I stop my Botox treatment?

By stopping your Botox treatments, lines will come back. If you decide to discontinue your Botox injections, the muscles in your treated area will begin to function normally again – as will the aging process.

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