WHAT IS BOTOX?
Are you starting to notice lines and wrinkles popping up on your upper face? If this sounds like you, Botox may be able to help!
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a nonsurgical injectable that works by temporarily reducing the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas include forehead creases, crow’s feet, and lines between the eyebrows (the 11s).
We express emotions through our facial expressions. These facial expressions cause our facial muscles to repeatedly contract, causing lines and wrinkles. Botox relaxes the facial muscles that contract when we create expressions, smoothing out wrinkles and lines. It also has a mild lifting effect on the outer brow if injected in that area.
Botox offers a number of benefits, including:
- Treatments are relatively painless with low risk.
- There is little to no downtime.
- Makes subtle changes that give you a refreshed look.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX?
A candidate for Botox will have fine lines or wrinkles that have resulted from expressions such as frowning, squinting and furrowing brows. However, patients that are also looking for preventative measures may also be candidates. This can be done by preventing the movements that cause the lines and wrinkles over time. The best way to determine if Botox is right for you is through a consultation appointment with Dr. Fichadia.
After an initial consultation to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals, Dr. Fichadia will recommend the areas that will benefit from Botox injection. A topical numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area before the procedure (if requested) to help ensure a comfortable experience. Each injections site will be marked and injected using a very fine needle. The approved areas for treatment include the forehead, brow area and crow’s feet (outer corners of the eyes).
After Botox, there is little to no recovery involved, which makes it a great option for those with busy schedules. Patients may experience some redness or a slight bump at the injection site after treatment. In most cases, this will disappear after a short period of time after the procedure is complete. It is recommended that patients who have had injections do not rub or apply pressure to the area and strenuous exercise and for the remainder of the day and avoid laying down within 3-4 hours post-treatment.
Most patients can begin to see their results after a couple of days. Results can last for about 3-4 months before a follow-up treatment is needed.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox treatments, contact Dr. Fichadia’s office today to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
How many Botox injections will I need?
Your Botox treatment will be customized to your individual goals and needs. When you meet with Dr. Fichadia, she will determine the appropriate amount of Botox for any treatment areas you wish to address. The number of injections may differ from patient to patient depending on your aesthetic goals.
How long is recovery?
There is little to no downtime required following Botox treatments, so you can return to your daily routine as soon as you leave the office. This is why it is such a popular procedure for individuals with busy lifestyles who do not have the time to take off of work for recovery.
Will my face look “overdone” following Botox?
Dr. Fichadia strongly believes in natural looking results. Following Botox injections, you should still look like you, just a more relaxed version!
Will my Botox treatment hurt?
While most patients can tolerate Botox injections well, a topical numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area to ensure your comfort during the process.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Like any type of cosmetic treatment, Botox does come with some possible side effects. These include headache, neck pain, discomfort at the injection site, undercorrection, and allergic reaction. Be sure to discuss your medical history and list of medications with your provider prior to your Botox treatment to avoid any possible serious side effects.
Is Botox for men, too?
Yes! Botox is for both men and women to help treat unwanted lines in the upper face. The number of men receiving Botox injections has greatly increased over the past couple of years to help them look as young as they feel.
What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?
Botox is categorized as a neuromodulator, which works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles. Dermal fillers, however, are different in that they smooth out lines and wrinkles by adding volume under the skin, usually using hyaluronic acid. These two injectable treatments differ in the type of wrinkles and lines they can treat and have varying longevity. They are often used complementary to each other. A consultation can help to determine which treatment can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Is Botox safe?
Yes, Botox is FDA-approved and has been used for over 20 years for the cosmetic treatment of facial wrinkles. The overall risk of Botox is minimal, and Botox is considered a safe procedure. You should always be sure to go to a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for Botox injections for best results.
What is the best age to start using Botox?
It is best to start Botox when you start to notice wrinkles that are visible even when you are not making a facial expression. Some patients also choose to receive Botox injections as a preventative measure to prevent wrinkles from deepening over time.