BOTOX® Treatment FAQs
BOTOX®, or Botulinum toxin type A, is a commercial neurotoxin that reduces muscle contractions – in turn, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The result is a much more relaxed face and a more youthful appearance.
BOTOX® is a safe procedure. Trusted by specialists for years, it’s one of the most studied and tested medical aesthetic treatments out there.
Is BOTOX® a preventative procedure?
Yes! Imagine your skin as 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 hard creases or 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 existing lines that occur from the loss of tissue volume.
Does BOTOX® have non-cosmetic benefits?
Yes. You’ve probably seen migraine commercials for BOTOX®, and it’s true – it can relieve migraine pain.
Some patients who experience TMD problems related to muscle spasms may find the treatment gives them relief.
If you suffer from migraines, our Totowa, NJ dentists can help determine the cause of your TMD problems and recommend the best treatment option.
How much does BOTOX® cost?
The average cost is $15-20 per unit, depending on where you get the procedure done.
The number of units needed depends on the treatment area, but each area typically requires approximately 10-20 units.
The result of BOTOX® typically lasts 3-4 months, but everyone metabolizes differently.
What’s the best age for 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 start BOTOX® treatment before the age of 25.
The question is, do you “need” it that young? No.
Do you ever “need” it? No.
But it’s a great option.
Do many people get BOTOX®?
It’s more and more common. There were 7.23 million procedures in 2017; up 2% from 2016.
Over 7 million… This text opens a new tab to the plasticsurgery.org report… neurotoxin procedures were completed in 2016 (up 4% from 2015, and an astounding 854% from 2000).
And it’s not just women who are getting BOTOX®. It’s becoming increasingly common for men.
What are BOTOX® pre-treatment and post-treatment requirements?
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 the procedure, it’s possible you may experience slight bruising but can apply an ice pack for relief. Avoid exercise and direct sunlight for 4 hours after treatment.
BOTOX® in Totowa, NJ
If you’re not sure if BOTOX® is right for you, but you’re interested in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines or want to find out about migraine relief, then schedule a visit to Distinctive Dentistry in Totowa, NJ. We also serve surrounding communities of Wayne, Montclair, Falls, and Woodland Park.
You can trust our cosmetic procedures – Dr. Martin is part of the faculty of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He teaches courses all over the United States to a wide variety of health professionals.
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