Getting to the Bottom of BOTOX

BOTOX is one of the most popular treatments for smoother, younger looking skin. That’s because it’s quick, safe and effective. If you think you could benefit from BOTOX injections but are still on the fence about the procedure, check out the most commonly asked questions about this treatment.

How does BOTOX work?
Botox is a highly purified toxin that can semi-permanently eliminate forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. It is injected directly into the facial muscle to block the signals your nerves sent to that muscle to make it contract. When it’s relaxed, the lines that the contracting was creating are eliminated.

Does Botox Hurt?
As with most injections, there can be some slight pain when receiving Botox, especially in the forehead area between your eyebrows. Your doctor may offer a topical anesthetic or numbing agent prior to the procedure.

How do I know if I’m a Good Candidate for Botox?
Botox may be the right treatment for you if you are:

  • Unhappy with the way aging has affected your appearance
  • In good physical health
  • Free of a history of deep scars, skin disorders, or neuromuscular diseases (multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Over age 18

Are there side effects with Botox?
After your procedure, you should expect some bruising around the injection sites which tends to only last a sort while. If you had Botox injected around your eyelids, your face may also feel a little slack after treatment, but this will wear off after a few hours.

What can I expect after Botox?
Typically, patients begin to see results within a couple of days, with gradually more marked results over two weeks. You will be able to wear makeup immediately, but your doctor may advise you to avoid heavy workouts during this timeframe.

How long do the results of Botox last?
While patient results vary, the effects of Botox usually last up to four months.

Please click here to view before and after images of Botox treatment. For more information about the benefits of Botox, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.