How does Botox work?
Botox works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching your muscles around the injection area. This leaves the muscles without instructions to contract, thus temporarily paralyzing them. Wrinkles and lines appear softer during this time. With time the muscles are trained to relax and lines look less severe. Botox® is made with onabotulinum toxin A.
Is Botulinum Toxin deadly?
Cosmetic Botox is a relatively safe treatment and there are no known deaths caused by it. Since there is only a small concentration of Botulinum Toxin in the syringe during your cosmetic procedure it is not deadly. If someone was exposed to high concentrations of Botulinum Toxin it could lead to Botulism and may cause respiratory failure or even death. However, you would not have this level of Botulinum at a plastic surgery office.
How long does it take for Botox to work?
Usually, one sees results of Botox 24-72 hours after the injection. This is the time it takes for the muscles to stop receiving their signal to contract. However, it will take around 2 weeks for the full results.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Botox Side Effects:
The most common side effects are bruising, redness, minor swelling, and tenderness around the area of injection. Of course each person and each treatment is different, so one patient may have less or more side effects than another. Also one's side effects may vary from one Botox treatment to the next.
How do I get the best Botox results?
Your doctor's experience will allow for the best results. The doctor will know the proper dialuted solution for the area being treated in order to prevent the spread of Botox to unwanted areas. Also, the doctor's proper placement will help in achieving the best results possible. Your doctor will want to avoid the area around the eye to prevent ptosis or drooping eyelids. You should refrain from taking asprin, fish oils, and Vitamin E for a week before the treatment to decrease bruising. It is also wise to wait a day after your procedure to work out. Do not lay down or bend over for a few hours after the injection. It is also very important to avoid facials or face massages after the procedure. And of course do not rub the area of the injection site.
How long does Botox last?
Botox lasts about 4-6 months. Each patient is different so longevity also differs. The location and the amount of units will affect how long your Botox will last. And more mobile areas need touching up sooner than areas that are less mobile. Also, repeated injections in the same area tend to increase the longevity of the treatment.
What are other uses for Botox?
Botox can be used as a treatment for many other reasons besides wrinkles. It can be used for migraines, gummy smiles, teeth grinding, excessive sweating, incontinence, neck spasms, crossed-eyes, premature ejaculation, depression, abnormal heartbeat, etc. Although Botox can be used for various reasons, not all are FDA approved.
Is it normal to use different dermal fillers on your face at once?
Dermal Filler Difference:
Yes, different dermal fillers have different purposes. They are also made of different products so are better in some areas than others. Restylane is heavier and is better for filling in larger lines around the nose and mouth. Juvederm has smoother particles so it is used for smaller lines and lines in the lips. Radiesse is used on severe folds in the skin, lasts longer than most fillers, and also stimulates collagen growth.
Is Hyaluronic Acid natural?
Yes, Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found throughout the body. Some common areas are the tissue of the skin, around the joints, and in eye fluid. However the injectible is synthetically manufactured.
Why is injecting HA fillers helpful?
Hyaluronic acid diminishes as we age, causing skin to lose volume , while increasing the chances for wrinkles and folds to appear.
Where is HA injected?
HA fillers are commonly used to correct severe facial folds and wrinkles around the nose and lips (nasolabial fold/laugh lines). But they are also placed in the cheeks, temples, chin, and lips.
Can an HA filler treatment be fixed?
Yes, there is a way to undo the treatment. The antidote is "hyaluronidase" and it can dissolve the HA filler from an unsatisfied patient. Unfortunatley, it gets rid of the entire dermal filler so you can't just take out the part you don't like. You will have to start the HA treatment process over again.