Botox: Commonly asked Questions
- Posted on: Jun 30 2017
Botox is a common technique used to erase facial creases and wrinkles. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Last year alone, 7 million Botox procedures were administered. These commonly asked questions can help you determine if Botox is right for you.
- What is a Botox injection? Botox inhibits muscle contractions by blocking nerve signals. Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the selected muscle resulting in a relaxed and softened appearance on the surface.
- What areas are Botox injections most commonly used on? Wrinkles surrounding the eyes, known as crow’s feet, and frown lines are typical areas where people choose to get Botox. Deep forehead lines, smile creases, and lip lines are also common spots where Botox is used.
- How do I prepare for a Botox injection? Before your Botox procedure, you will have a consultation with you doctor outlining how you should prepare for Botox. One week before your procedure, avoid alcohol. Two weeks prior, be sure to stop using aspirin and medications that are anti-inflammatory. These specific measures will help with bruising post treatment.
- After I get Botox, how long will the effects last? Botox injections last 3-5 months. After the procedure, muscle movement will slowly return to the treated areas over the coming months. As you receive regular Botox injections, your muscles will be trained to relax more, and the treatment will last a little longer.
- What side effects can I expect from Botox? Bruising is the most common side effect but will dissipate within a few weeks. Headaches are rare but may last one to two days. Some patients experience an eyelid droop which will stop within a few weeks. This occurs as the Botox moves around and gets settled. Be mindful of the treated area and refrain from rubbing or touching it for 12 hours. Also, be sure not to lie down within the first hour after the procedure.
- Is Botox safe for me? Botox is FDA approved, but if you have certain conditions, you should not get the procedure. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease, your doctor will tell you to not receive Botox treatments.
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