Botox has been the #1 cosmetic treatment in the U.S for years. While it’s wildly popular, people who are new to Botox typically have some questions about the treatment. The team at Empire OBGYN in Buffalo, NY is here to put your mind at ease and help you decide if Botox is right for you and your cosmetic goals! Before your consultation, take a look at the most commonly asked questions we’ve compiled below.
1. What does Botox do?
Botox involves injecting a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin into the muscles to temporarily paralyze them. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions, which in turn relaxes the muscles and smooths out wrinkles. Botox injections can also be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
2. How is Botox different from dermal fillers?
While both Botox and fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they work differently and are used for different purposes. Botox is used to relax the muscles responsible for causing wrinkles, while fillers are used to add volume to areas that have lost volume due to aging.
3. Where can Botox be injected?
Botox injections are typically used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The most common areas where Botox can be used to treat wrinkles are the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. Patients use Botox to successfully treat smile lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and even lift eyebrows.
4. Who is Botox suitable for?
Men and women over the age of eighteen can get Botox injections, but there is no “right” age to begin treatments. Everyone ages differently! Once patients begin to notice stagnant fine lines and wrinkles, they may consider Botox to achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Please note that Botox is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of allergic reactions to botulinum toxin, or have a neuromuscular disorder.
5. Are Botox injections safe?
Yes, Botox is generally a safe and effective procedure when administered by a qualified professional, using genuine, FDA-approved Botox products. As with any treatment, there can be side effects. It’s also important to avoid Botox injections if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, are allergic to botulinum toxin, or have a neuromuscular disorder.
6. How long does a Botox consultation & treatment take?
Botox treatments are quick and easy! After taking a few minutes to review your medical history and discussing your goals for treatment, your injections can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. The best part? There’s essentially no downtime, so you can go on with your day.
7. How many injections are needed?
This depends completely on the area(s) being treated, the severity of the wrinkles, and your desired results. Your doctor will discuss this in detail during your consultation.
8. How quickly will I see results?
The results of Botox treatment are not immediate — they get better with time. Initial results can be seen within a couple of days, but it can take a week or two to see the full effects of the treatment.
9. How long will my results last & how often will I need treatments?
This can vary, but the results of Botox typically last for 3-4 months. After that, the treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the results. Most people schedule their Botox treatments on a quarterly basis.
10. Are there side effects?
The most common side effect is bruising or swelling at the injection site, along with temporary muscle weakness. Other side effects are rare, but they can include headache, flu-like symptoms, eye irritation, and drooping of eyelids or brows.
Choosing a reputable Botox provider in the Buffalo, NY area
Botox isn’t a treatment that you should trust to just anyone. It’s crucial to find an experienced, reputable provider who uses proper techniques and genuine products. Empire OBGYN is excited to offer top-quality Botox injections at two convenient locations in Western New York: Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY and Transit Road in Depew, NY.
Call us to schedule your consultation today, or even request an appointment through your patient portal.