Botox Basics: What Every Patient Should Know
For many people in Denver, Botox treatment is a way of life. They come in every 3 to 4 months and get their botox. For a long of young people who are interested, botox is a new thing that some of their friends have mentioned. There are a lot of questions they have before taking the plunge (or the needle) so to speak. Botox is one of the most common procedures I perform in my practice in Denver. As a surgeon and physician I have special expertise in injecting botox in a safe and effective manner.
How long has Botox been around? Is it safe?
Botox has been around since the 70s. It is very safe. The doctors themselves use Botox and have used it for almost 20 years.
How long does Botox work?
Botox lasts 3-4 month
How long does a treatment take?
Roughly 10 minutes
Does Botox work immediately?
No, it takes about 9 days for maximal effect
Does it matter who does my Botox?
An expert injector can give you the best results and maximize the best cosmetic effect.
What are the risks of Botox in the face?
Though uncommon, risks include a drooping eyelid or double vision
Can I go blind from Botox?
No, you are getting Botox confused with filler (where it can happen)
If I get Botox and it wears off, will I have more wrinkles?
No, once the botox wears off, you go back to how it was before
What is the age to start botox?
Botox is ok for use for patients over 18 who have wrinkles (usually on the upper face). It is also used as preventative treatment of wrinkles in many patients. Most patients start Botox in their mid 20s.
Does Botox hurt?
Botox is administered with a small needle. There is a vibration device that is used to reduce the discomfort for Botox.
Where are the most common areas for Botox injection?
The three most common areas for Botox injection are the forehead, glabellar area and the crows feet. There are other areas that are used such as around the lips, chin, neck and undereyes but they are less common and should be administered by a physician expert.
There is botox advertised for a low price? Is it worth it?
The short answer is I don't know. Sometimes low prices are given by new injectorts, untrained injectors or businesses trying to get started. In 2016 in Denver several medspas were sent an FDA letter indicating that they had been injecting "fake" botox into patients. Most likely those "fake" botox were secondary botox that were made by unauthorized manufacturers who don't have to stick to the same safety guidelines that Allergan does. Some patients have also complained that they have been given dilute Botox. In short, you generally get what you pay for and this is your face your talking about. Quality matters.
What is it like to get Botox?
Take a look at the video below and you can see how easy it is.