Botox Basics

Botox has been used for years to treat facial creases and wrinkles. It stands as one of the most popular non surgical cosmetic treatments. If you are interested in getting Botox injections, here is what you need to know.

How Botox works

Botox works by blocking the signals between nerves and muscles. This effectively makes it so the muscles cannot contract, resulting in a more refined and smooth appearance. Botox is commonly used to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, lip lines, chin lines, and corners of the mouth and neck. It is important to note that Botox cannot treat wrinkles created by gravity.

What happens during a Botox procedure?

Botox injections are quick and can be done during your lunch break. Your procedure does not require anesthesia or any down time. Botox is injected with a fine needle into pre specified muscles. After your injections, it will take about one week to see the full effect.

How to prepare for Botox injections

To help reduce the risk of complications, it is best to avoid alcohol one week prior to your procedure. You also need to stop taking anti inflammatory medications or aspirin two weeks before the treatment to help reduce the possibility of bruising.

How long do Botox injections last?

Botox injections can last about four months, after which you may begin to see the reappearance of wrinkles. As you get regular Botox treatments, your muscles will be trained to relax for longer periods of time.

The side effects of Botox

The most common side effect of Botox is temporary bruising. Headaches are rare but can last for 24 to 48 hours after your procedure. A small percentage of patients have reported eyelid drooping, but this usually ends within a few weeks.

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a neurological condition, you should not get Botox injections.

Arrange a consultation

If you want a smoother and more refined appearance this New Year, contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla. We offer a variety of services to help you look and feel your best. For more information about Botox contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.