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What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin and the most popular nonsurgical method to relax the muscles of the face in order to eliminate facial lines and wrinkles. Most commonly used for frown lines and crow's feet near the eyes, Botox blocks the nerve signals to the muscles that control the contractions that cause wrinkles. Botox injections are given in the office and are one of the most common procedures performed today. It is a noninvasive way to achieve a fresh, rested look.

What to expect

In your doctor’s office, small amounts of Botox will be injected into specific muscles. Which muscles receive the injection and how many injections you need will depend on your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Your physician can use a topical numbing solution to take the sting out of the injections, but most people tolerate them without any pain relief.

Complications

Botox injections are safe when performed by an experienced clinician. Usually people report mild bruising or swelling at the injection site. Other, though unlikely, complications associated with Botox, include:

  • Headache
  • Droopy eyelid or eye brow
  • Excessive tearing or eye dryness
  • Vision problems
  • Flu-like symptoms

Recovery

You can resume all normal activities after receiving Botox injections, though it is recommended that you keep your head elevated for four to five hours. You may also experience some swelling and bruising at the injection sites.

Results do not happen immediately. You may see some improvement after a few days and the final results will reveal themselves gradually over the next two weeks.

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Frequently asked questions

Do Botox injections hurt?

Any injection may cause discomfort at the injection site. A numbing cream can be applied to minimize the discomfort caused by the injections.

How long do the results of Botox last?

Most people get Botox injections three times a year for optimal benefits. But in some cases, the results can last as long as five months. Everyone is different. You and your physician will decide what is best for you.

Can I get a good result without looking overdone?

Prior to your procedure, you will discuss your expectations with your physician in detail. The more you communicate with your physician, the better your results and the happier you will be.

Can I use Botox in combination with other treatments?

Yes, Botox is often used in combination with other methods to improve the contours of the face and achieve the desired effects.

Can I use it if I’m pregnant?

We do not recommend getting Botox injections if you are pregnant. Please tell your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

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