Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is Botox®?
Botox® is a natural, purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Very low doses of Botox® are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the overactive muscles that cause lines to form. Botox® works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles. The effects of Botox® are usually confined to the injected region; it does not travel throughout the body.
Are Botox® treatments painful?
Discomfort is minimal and brief. Your physician may choose to use a local anesthetic cream or ice to minimize this. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.
How long does Botox® last?
Botox® Cosmetic lasts up to four months.
Will my lines look worse if I choose not to continue treatments?
No. Your lines gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.
Is Botox® expensive?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, you’ll find that Botox® is quite affordable. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2000 survey, Botox® is one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures, ranking 7th in the 9 most widely-used procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Pricing will be discussed during individual consultation. Injections are customized to individual patient needs and concerns and thus prices may vary between patients.
Where is Botox® administered?
Botox® injections are usually injected on the skin to treat wrinkles and facial lines. Same goes for medical treatments, although the technique is different particularly in the injection process and the type of needle.
What are the risks?
There are very minimal, and often rare, risks and side effects associated with Botox®. Headache, flu-like symptoms, temporary redness, swelling, tiny pinching sensations and bruising are the most common side effects that usually fade over time. No fatal systemic side effects have been reported from locally administering Botox® injections for facial wrinkles.