FAQs About Botox Wrinkle Treatment for Those Who Are Interested In Trying It
Many people are interested in using Botox for cosmetic purposes, as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but have questions about the product. Find out the answers to the most popular questions about Botox below. If you are considering using Botox, hopefully this can help you make an informed decision about whether you will use the product.
What is Botox?
Botox is a natural, purified protein used to treat overactive muscles and sweat glands. Botox is usually injected between the eyebrows (the glabellar region) and has been used “off label” to treat other areas such as the lines across the forehead and around the outside of the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Botox treats overactive muscles by blocking the signals that tell those muscles to contract.
How safe is Botox?
Provided that you are receiving true Botox (manufactured exclusively by Allergan Inc) and it is administered by a well-trained clinician, it is safe. Botox is FDA approved and is the most popular medical cosmetic procedure in the country.
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox?
An ideal candidate is a man or woman who is looking for a more relaxed, natural look. Most people seek out a Botox treatment because they have forehead lines and/or frowns that are visible most of the time. Botox can “erase” the frown, leaving the face with a “friendlier” appearance. Botox can also be used to effectively treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) under the arms, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
How long does Botox last?
Botox lasts about 3 to 4 months, but with repeated treatments, the results may last up to 6 months. When treating hyperhidrosis, the results can last 6 months or more.
How long is a treatment and is there downtime after a Botox treatment?
A treatment usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. It is injected in specific areas using a small needle. Although some people may experience minor bruising where they were injected, there is no downtime after a Botox treatment. Botox typically takes 4 to 7 days to set in after a treatment.
How much does Botox cost?
Since the number of units needed can vary from person to person, usually a reputable place will sell it to you by the unit.
How do I know if they are using too much, or too little, Botox?
In general, an effective treatment usually takes between 20-24 units of Botox to treat the glabellar region (frown lines between the eyes), 10-14 units to treat the forehead lines, and 10-14 units to treat the “crow’s feet” area.