Botox, or Botulinum toxin type A, is a commercial neurotoxin that reduces muscle movement and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Basically, it paralyzes your facial muscles. it’s temporary. It’s also totally safe. In fact, Botox is one of the most studied and tested medical aesthetic treatments out there.
Is Neurotoxins preventative?
Imagine your skin like a piece of paper. As you fold a piece of paper over and over, the deeper the creases get. With neurotoxins, your skin doesn’t fold along those lines repeatedly, which means that wrinkles can’t form.
What’s the difference between Botox and fillers?
Botox prevents muscle contractions, which prevents the formation of wrinkles and lines.
Fillers like Juvederm are used to FILL those lines that are related to loss of tissue volume.
How much does Botox cost?
The average cost of neurotoxins is $15 – $20 per unit, depending on where you live and where you go.
The number of units you need is a matter of personal preference and the areas treated, but each area is usually around 10-20 units.
Botox typically lasts 3-4 months, but everyone metabolizes it differently.
What are Botox’s pre and post-treatment instructions?
Before getting treatment, avoid Retin-A, waxing, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, herbal supplements, and Omega-3 capsules for a few days to prevent topical reactions and bruising.
After Botox, it’s possible you will experience light bruising . You can apply an ice pack if you need. Avoid exercise and direct sunlight for the 4 hours.
Does Botox have non-cosmetic benefits?
Yes. You’ve probably seen the migraine commercials for Botox. It has has positive relief to some patients who experience TMD problems related to muscle spasms. This can be determined at the time of your visit for the reason that as a dentist we can identify your TMD problems. This can lead to a reduction in your symptoms.
When’s the best time to start getting Botox?
There is no right answer – it’s completely individual because the “right” time to start is whenever you want.
Keep in mind that everyone has different facial features, ages differently, and has different aesthetic desires for the future.
And yes, many people will recommend treating lines before they even form. Plenty of people that started getting Botox under the age of 25. Do you “need” Botox that young? No. Do you ever “need” it? No.
How common is Botox
It’s also becoming more and more common. There were over 7 million neurotoxin procedures in 2016 (up 4% from 2015, and 854% from 2000). It’s also becoming increasingly common for men. Also, 2017 saw 7.23 million procedures preformed up 2% from 2016 the last year reported numbers.
If your not sure come visit us. Dr Martin is part of the faculty of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He teaches course all over the United States to all types of health professionals. Give us a call at 973 942 6367.