Botox FAQ’s

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

Botox is best suited for patients who do not want surgery, but desire reduction or elimination of wrinkles in certain areas. These include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, the lateral eyes (“crow’s feet”), the upper lip, and the top of the nose (“bunny lines’). Botox can also be used to slightly raise the eyebrows and the corners of the mouth. There are no medical contradictions to Botox injections, but patients should not use blood thinning medications around the time of the injections to reduce potential bruising.

How does Botox work?

A motor nerve tells a muscle to move by releasing a “neurotransmitter”, or chemical that touches the muscle and causes contraction. Botox prevents the release of neurotransmitters, leading to numbness of effected muscles.

Will botox make me feel numb and look frozen?

It will not affect the nerves that cause sensation, or make you feel numb. When it is used correctly, it can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look.. It is important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can judge the size of your muscles and how much Botox you will need.

Does botox prevent wrinkles?

Absolutely. Botox is a highly purified toxin that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow's-feet. Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the "pin cushion" look in some chins, soften smoker's lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.

Does botox hurt?

Like most injections, Botox can be slightly painful, especially between the eyebrows. Some doctors offer topical anesthesia ten minutes before the procedure or ice the area to numb it.

Does botox have side effects?

Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived. In one to five percent of cases, some patients experience slight bruising.

What's the ideal age to start using botox?

You don't need it before you have wrinkles to hide. Other than that, a patient can have Botox safely whenever they are bothered by their wrinkles. There is no issue with long term use.

When are the effects of Botox seen?

Muscle numbness develops over the week following injection, and maximal wrinkle reduction is seen up to one month after injection.