What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines, forehead creases, and crows feet. Botox immobilizes the muscle by blocking nerve impulses to the muscle. This reduces muscle contractions that cause deeper more prominent lines and creases because the muscle cannot contract, the wrinkle cannot form and it gradually diminishes.
How long do the effects last?
Botox’s effects typically will last about 4 months between treatments, though results will vary based on the patients and the injected area. The effects of Botox gradually wear off creating movement again in that area. Thus, to maintain your results regular appointments are essential.
Are you a candidate for Botox?
Botox is a skin treatment for those patients who want to see an decrease in facial express lines and wrinkles, but are not ready to commit to a facial sugary , or need little to no down time. Botox gives you the freedom to take years off your facial appearance by eliminating frown lines, crow’s feet, and other minor wrinkles.
What to expect during Botox treatments?
First and foremost your first step to this procedure is to have a consult with Dr. Ness to address your concerns and to see if you are a candidate for Botox. He will explain thoroughly what he feels is your best option as each patient needs differ. If you are a candidate for Botox Dr. Ness will administer small amount amounts into the muscles that need to be treated. This treatment is often referred as a “lunch time” treatment as our procedures takes approximately about 30 minutes.
What are the possible side effects?
Allergic reactions have occurred in a small percentage of patients. Symptoms include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, dizziness, or feeling faint. If you have any of these reactions you would need to contact Dr. Ness or his staff to come back in to be seen.
Recovery and Results for Botox treatments?
Botox treatments are an in and out procedure that can take approximately a 30 minute office visit. The Botox can take anywhere from 48 hours to two weeks for the full effects. It is recommended that you do not lie down for several hours after the procedure, and that you try to refrain from massaging the treated area for 24 hours. Some slight redness and swelling to the injection site can occur but will subside quickly.