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Botox is very popular, but if it’s your first experience, you probably have some questions. The team at Care Plastic Surgery includes several experts on Botox and other non-surgical treatments. Here are the answers to your top Botox questions.
Botox is the most well-known name brand of a diluted form of botulinum toxin, which can temporarily freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The name Botox is a little like Kleenex — sometimes, people use the brand name to refer to any number of products of this type. Care Plastic Surgery uses the Botox brand specifically.
Both Botox and fillers, like Juvéderm, are considered injectables. They’re each injected into the face to counteract fine lines and wrinkles, among other signs of aging, but they work in different ways. Fillers plump up the face to fill in wrinkles, rather than freezing the underlying muscles like Botox does.
So, one isn’t necessarily better than the other, but everyone has their own preferences. The expert injectors at Care Plastic Surgery can help you pick the right product for you.
Botox can smooth out wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, or forehead creases. If you don’t like the lines that form when you raise your eyebrows or squint, Botox can help! It is a temporary treatment, however, so it’s not erasing your wrinkles, just minimizing them for a while.
When you get Botox, your Care Plastic Surgery expert will insert a tiny needle into one of the 43 facial muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. The number of injections depends on how deep your wrinkles are, which area you’re treating, and what your desired results are. For example, it typically takes about two or three injections to treat crow’s feet, while the wrinkles in your brow might need five or more to smooth.
The only wrong time to start Botox is right before a major event — most people see swelling or bruising after injections, which should subside within a few days. Otherwise, the right time to start Botox is whenever you’re ready to! Usually, people decide to pursue Botox treatment at around age 30, when fine lines and wrinkles start setting in. However, it’s becoming more common for people to try preventative Botox in their twenties. A survey of American Society of Plastic Surgery members found that 64% see a “dramatic increase” in twenty-somethings seeking Botox.
Botox isn’t permanent. Within about three to six months, your body will start to break down the product. This is completely safe and natural, but it does mean that the effects of your treatment will wear off. Lots of people choose to re-inject Botox to maintain its effect, but others like to use it just every once and a while, too. It’s up to you!
You probably have more questions about Botox that apply to your unique situation. In that case, the best way to answer them is to schedule a consultation! You can request your appointment online, or call our Cary, North Carolina office at (919) 335-9298.
How long does Botox last? You can expect Botox results to last anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
When will I see the results of my Botox treatment? Most clients begin seeing Botox treatment results within 5 to 10 days, with full effects at the 2-week mark.
Is one brand or product better than Botox? Botox Cosmetic is the most popular neurotoxin worldwide. We encourage you to schedule a skin analysis with one of our Expert Medical Injectors so you may determine the treatment that works best for you.
Is it possible to get Botox the day before or the same day as a big event? Yes, Botox has no significant downtime other than a few possible marks at the injection site (these generally resolve within a few hours). If you are concerned about looking your best before a big event, you may consider scheduling treatment about two weeks in advance for your optimal full treatment effects.
What is the typical recovery time for Botox? You should be able to resume your normal activity just after receiving Botox treatments. We simply recommended you avoid laying down for 4 hours after treatment and avoid high-impact or strenuous activities (like working out) for 24 hours.
Does it hurt to get Botox? Patients describe Botox injections as a little “snap” or “pinch” at the injection site. While some clients are more sensitive than others nearly all clients tolerate the treatment well.
How does Botox get rid of wrinkles? Botox relaxes the movement of the facial muscles that create wrinkles and lines on the face. Botox treatments work by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine by the muscles of the face. Through this process, facial wrinkles soften and may, in some cases, be eliminated.
Can I get Botox done on the same day as another injectable procedure? Yes; you can receive Botox the same day you receive other injectable treatments. There is no contraindication to receiving multiple treatments on the same day.
What happens if I’m not happy with the results? CARE Plastic Surgery is focused on your results. If you ever need an adjustment after your Botox treatment, CARE will gladly offer a complimentary correction up to two weeks after your procedure.Return to Overview