What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction, thus causing flaccid paralysis. The toxin is used for medical and cosmetic purposes at our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the procedure take?
Generally after the consultation, the procedure takes only 15 minutes. Since there is no down time, the procedure can be performed during a lunch hour, and no one would know that a treatment had occurred.
How quickly can I see results?
Results are normally noticed within 3-5 days, but it may take as long as two weeks before the full effect of the treatment is realized.
Is it safe?
Yes. Botulinum Toxin Type A is a purified protein which is extracted from a naturally occurring bacteria and processed under strict pharmaceutical manufacturing guidelines. The cosmetic use of Botox has been FDA approved.
How is it done? Does it hurt?
Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic is injected with a very tiny needle and a delicate syringe. Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, or tiny pin prick.
How long does Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic last? Is it permanent?
Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic is not permanent. It lasts between 3-4 months on average, but results may vary. Scientific studies show that if you have your first three treatments every three months that subsequent treatments will last longer and possibly even require lower dosing. Patients who adhere to a prompt treatment schedule can stabilize their treatment at approximately two to three times a year.
Is it going to be worse when it wears off?
NO. A patient’s appearance will never get worse if Botox Cosmetic use is stopped or when it wears off. Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic “stops or slows” the clock on aging. When treatments are stopped, the “aging clock” resumes like normal. At the very minimum, the patient’s appearance will simply return to where it started. If patients use Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic for a number of years and then stop, they will receive a lasting benefit as it will take time for the muscles to return to baseline.
How much does it cost?
Dr. Justina is trained to analyze your individual facial anatomy and then formulate the Botulinum Toxin A dose that will give you the best cosmetic enhancement and longevity.
Since each patient’s cosmetic concerns and facial anatomy are unique, the Botulinum Toxin A dosage and treatment cost would best be determined in an individualized consultation.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of Botulinum Toxin A Cosmetic are RARE and NOT PERMANENT. Rarely, there can be some minor bruising (which is easily covered up with makeup), redness, swelling, or a slight short term headache. As with any injections, bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction can occur. In less than one percent, a drooping eyelid can occur. Certain patients can develop antibodies to Botulinum Toxin A, which may reduce the effectiveness in subsequent injections. Most of these side effects occur in doses many times higher than
Cosmetic doses and usually with other serious medical conditions. Most patients, however, do not experience any side effects at all.