IS 50 UNITS OF BOTOX ALOT?

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Is 50 units of Botox a lot?

Botox is measured by the unit. Many Botox consumers do not understand what this means and how many units of Botox they require for their specific needs. It is a good idea to know something about this issue. Everyone does not need the same amount of Botox. The exact number of units for full treatment is customized for each individual person. The amount of Botox you need will depend on a number of factors including your gender, the areas you would like to treat and the natural strength of your facial muscles. The provider must assess the area of concern and determine how many units will be needed to give the desired effect.

Treatment areas for Botox usually include the forehead, frown lines between your eyebrows and crow’s feet.

You need 5 to 15 units for your forehead. To treat your frown lines, you need 14 to 25 units. You will have to maintain between 9 and 15 units for crow’s feet. Around your mouth, 5 to 15 units will the job. For the entire feet, the number of units depends on your age and how strong your muscles are. While some people can have good results with 40 units, others need around 75 units for the same results. You can expect to treat your entire face with less than 50 units.

That said, your treatment plan should be based on your individual needs. Consult your doctor and he will figure out how many units of Botox you need.

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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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How Is Botox Used for Lip Injections?

The “Botox lips flip” is a procedure done with Botox injections to make your lips appear larger.

Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will inject multiple units of Botox into the upper middle part of your upper lip. When the muscles relax, your lip will curl upward. This lengthens your upper lip, making it appear larger without actually adding any volume.

Injecting Botox into your lip area can provide several cosmetic benefits or improvements.

Botox is the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, a chemical that can temporarily weaken or paralyze your muscles. One round of injections can cause your muscles to relax for about three months.

When injected into the lip area, Botox can help:

  • Minimize creases in the upper and lower lip area
  • Elevate the corners of your mouth
  • Remove marionette lines or lines that run downward from the corners of your mouth
  • Correct a “gummy” smile
  • Enhance the upper lip, also known as the “Botox lip flip”

In most cases, Botox injections take about 10 to 15 minutes. Injections aren’t considered a surgical procedure, and no recovery time is needed afterward. You should be able to continue your usual activities immediately after your Botox appointment.

If you’re looking to add plumpness, talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about adding a lip filler injection. You can opt for only lip filler, or use Botox and lip fillers for a dramatic plumping effect.

If you choose to combine procedures, your doctor will likely use Botox to create the lip flip and the filler hyaluronic acid (Restylane or Juvederm) to add plumpness. This effect usually lasts two to three weeks, making it a popular choice for special occasions.

What’s the Botox technique for a ‘gummy’ smile?

You may have looked up lip plumping as a treatment for a “gummy” smile. If the gums above your upper teeth show when you smile, it’s considered “gummy.” Some people display little or no upper lip when they smile. The technique for reducing a gummy smile is similar to the Botox lip flip.

Your doctor will inject Botox into the area of your lip known as the Cupid’s bow. This is the middle of your upper lip, where the orbicularis oris muscle is. This is the muscle you work when you pucker your lips.

The Botox will make your muscles relax, causing your lips to curl slightly. When you smile, your relaxed muscles will help cover your gums and allow more of your lips to show. This effect will make your lip look bigger. Always consult your dermatologist or plastic surgeon if you wish to add volume to your lips.

Botox for migraines?

For anyone having been diagnosed with migraines and get migraine headaches often, Botox can help.

Botox was approved in 2010 for adults who get chronic migraines. That means you have both:

  • A history of migraine headaches
  • Headaches (including tension-type) on most days (15 or more) of the month of which 8 are migraine

It won’t work for you if you:

  • Get headaches 14 or fewer days each month
  • Have other types of headaches, like cluster

Botox Treatment for migraine

  • You’ll get several shots of Botox around your head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches.
  • You may need 30 to 40 shots in all, and you’ll get an equal number on each side of your head. If you have migraine pain in one particular spot, you may need more shots there. You could see results 2 to 3 weeks after your first treatment.

Botox for migraine & side effects

  • Neck pain and headache are the most common side effects for people who get chronic migraine headaches and use Botox.
  • It’s rare, but you can have an allergic reaction to Botox. Signs of this can be hives, shortness of breath, or swelling in your lower legs. Although there’s no confirmed case where Botox spread to other parts of the body, it is possible and could be deadly. The medication label includes this warning.
  • The mechanism of action involved in the alleviation of a headache is not entirely clear. One possibility is that Botox may decrease muscle contraction that may act as a trigger to migraine.
  • Botox is approved by FDA and Health Canada for treatment and prevention of chronic migraine. Health Canada approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines in 2011.
  • The average dose is 100-200 units. The onset of action is usually within the first 2-3 weeks of injection. However, patients may require a set of 2-3 injections before a maximum benefit is seen. Injections are spaced at 12-week intervals.

As with any injection, injury can occur. An injection could result in localized infection, pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, etc. BOTOX may cause asthenia (lack of strength), muscle weakness, somnolence (drowsiness), dizziness and visual disturbance, which could affect driving and the operation of machinery. If there is a reaction, further injections of BOTOX should be discontinued. Patients or caregivers should be advised to seek immediate medical care if swallowing, speech or respiratory disorders arise.

Botox Contraindications

Botox is contraindicated:

  • In the presence of infection at the proposed injection site
  • In individuals with a known hypersensitivity to botulinum toxin type A or to any of the other ingredients used to form Botox

It is not advised:

  • During pregnancy, unless clearly necessary
  • During lactation as there is no information on whether BOTOX is excreted in human milk

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Botox treatment for Hyperhidrosis and how it works.

When Botox is placed near the sweat glands it signals the sweat to stop.  It can take a few days or more to work but the results are dramatic. On average, there is over 80% decrease of sweat production in that area that lasts on average 7 months. Remarkably, up to a third of patients can go 1 year before they return for more. Therefore, you are treated once or maximally twice per year and don’t have to worry about constantly treating the area.

What areas can be treated with Botox?

Underarms are the most common and easiest place to administer Botox. Often a simple solution is put on the skin to see the exact area a person sweats from and then Botox is injected with tiny needles just under the skin.  It is prepared on a way that some anesthetic is mixed with the Botox to make it a relatively pain-free treatment.  It takes only minutes to complete.

Hands: Hands are a sensitive area it is common to have some anesthetic placed in the hands so that the injections are painless.  Alternatively, a vibration device can be used to make the treatment more comfortable.

Forehead: Botox is extremely effective in this area of sweating.  Most sweating occurs near the hairline and drips down the face.  With a few simple injections this often very visible area of sweating can be treated.

Feet: This will often require some anesthetic before treatment.  It is not uncommon to find improvement of the feet after just the hands are treated. Although many people have a high level of satisfaction with treatment of the feet it can sometimes not be as predictable as the hands and underarms as to the degree of treatment success.

Cost of Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with Hyperhidrosis almost all private drug plans cover the medication portion of the treatment. The Sweat Clinics of Canada will offer all individuals with an extended health care plan, a guarantee that the first treatment (drug costs only) will be covered so you can have treatment on your visit.

Although the medication may be covered by your private drug plan there is a cost for the injection procedure. Botox can last up to a year and these costs are by the treatment. Therefore, the underarm cost would work out to between $28 per month to $16 per month depending if your treatment lasts 7 months or 12 months.

Most people require 100 units of Botox to stop sweating under both underarms, which typically costs around $1,000. Coupled with dermatologist’s fees — usually another $500 — the total cost of Botox is typically $1,000 – 1,500 per session.

How Long Does Botox Results Last?

Botox is broken down differently for everyone, so the duration of the results will vary. Typically, you will experience dry armpits for around 3 to 6 months after receiving Botox injections. Exercise and stress can accelerate the body’s metabolic response to Botox, so the results fade faster.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

To get Botox injections for hyperhidrosis, you must be at least 18 years old, and it should be the last line of defense for heavy or severe underarm sweating.

Botox is only advised for severe cases of axillary hyperhidrosis that cannot be treated with topical solutions. People with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications should not receive Botox for hyperhidrosis.

Risks and Side Effects of Botox for Underarm Sweat

Some side effects from Botox for axillary hyperhidrosis include:

  • Problems swallowing, speaking or breathing
  • Muscle weakness or tiredness
  • Vision problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Interactions with other medicines
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Headaches and neck pain

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