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The most beloved, long-standing non-surgical treatment for improving wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and the “11”s between your eyes is the classic Botox because it gets such significant results. However, despite its popularity, individuals who have never gotten it before, but are now considering it, often have a lot of concerned questions.
This is understandable, but we assure you that Botox is completely safe and has an extremely high patient satisfaction rate. But we are still more than happy to answer some of the most common questions we receive at Pure Touch.
So here are some of the most common questions and answers regarding Botox treatments, from our Botox doctor at Pure Touch.
What aesthetic problems can Botox improve?
Botox is most commonly used to lessen the appearance of forehead wrinkles, the “11”s between the eyes, too-gummy grins, crow’s feet, marionette lines, bunny lines at the nose. (Cute names for annoying issues, right?) Botox can also soften the jawline and soften neck lines.
However, Botox also has plenty of health uses that most people don’t know about. Click here to learn more about that.
I see that Botox is administered with a needle. Does it hurt?
Yes, it’s a needle, but Botox needles are very small. Many of our clients never complain or even worry about it. It’s often compared it to the feeling of a series of small, sharp, quick pinches. If this sounds like something you can’t handle, you can ask us for numbing cream or cold pack before your treatment.
How long does a Botox treatment session take?
The injection part only takes around ten minutes, however, the part where you speak with us (or your medical professionals) to go over your specific goals and expectations will take different amounts of time for each individual.
Will my wrinkles and lines disappear right after my Botox session?
Not exactly. Although we understand you’re eager to see results—especially if it’s your first time—it typically takes about 3-7 days to notice differences.
However, if you have severe wrinkles and lines, you might begin to see results within 24-48 hours.
What are Botox units?
You’ve probably seen specials or heard people talking about Botox “units”. This is a measurement of the biological activity and potency of the Botox. It’s measured this way rather than by its weight or volume. A good way to visualize how much a unit is this: a vial of Botox contains 100 units.
If Botox is so great, why do some many celebrities look bad?
Everyone has seen some scary Botox. So why does this happen? Why do some people look great, and others not so much?
This usually happens as a result of a client requesting too much of a good thing. It can also happen if you get Botox from someone who doesn’t really know what they’re doing. If they’re inexperienced, they may inject it incorrectly or inject the wrong area.
In order to get the best results from Botox, you must visit a Botox specialist—typically a doctor or nurse who are highly skilled with the treatment and who have years of experience with it.
It’s also important to have realistic expectations for Botox and not think that the more you get, the more perfect you will look. Botox is available to improve your appearance, not make you 100% perfect. That does not exist.
If you’re concerned about Botox making you look strange, be sure to express any concerns to your Botox doctor when you have your Botox consultation. Be sure to clearly explain the kind of results you’d like to see. This will factor into how much is used, and what areas are treated.
Are there any actual risks or side effects with Botox treatments?
Yes, but only when the person injecting it doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Basically, if too much Botox is injected, or it’s injected incorrectly into any part of your face, you may end up with a “lopsided” appearance. This may sound alarming, but keep in mind: if your Botox doctor is skilled and experienced, this will not be a problem.
As for side effects, if you are having Botox done for crow’s feet, you might see some swelling afterward, and sometimes clients are a bit tender at the injection point.
Other possibilities (which are very rare) include blurred or double vision, head or neck pain, dry mouth or dry eyes, or temporary decreased eyesight.
Some clients also have an allergic reaction to the Botox. This can include a rash, welts, or itchiness. Make sure to ask your Botox doctor about these side effects if you’re concerned.
How long does it take before Botox “wears off”?
On average, Botox lasts about 3-4 months. However, it could last longer, especially if you got a high dose during your treatment.
When it begins to wear off, you’ll gradually start to see your muscle response return, as well as “expression lines” come back.
With some of our clients who have come back for Botox multiple times, the severity of their wrinkles decreases overall, and they are able to space out treatments for longer periods of time.
My eye doctor and my dentist told me they offer Botox now. Should I try it?
Many dentists and optometrists promote their Botox services, and it can be very tempting to go in and get a bit of Botox along with your other appointment.
However, be aware that while a dentist or optometrist is a doctor, they may have received a “quickie” Botox course, and this is very worrisome. A quickie course can even mean one day of training. Just because someone is a doctor does not mean that it’s appropriate for him or her to administer Botox.
You’ll want a skilled, very experienced, board-certified Botox doctor who has received years of training. This will ensure that no mistakes are made during treatment.
I get Botox Groupons emailed to me all the time. Are they safe?
We would advise you to be careful with this and do your research. There are legitimate, professional Botox doctors who send out Groupon deals, and that’s great.
However, Groupon is also a platform where many fraudulent scammers thrive. One thing to be very aware of is that discount Botox is often counterfeit and sold through unauthorized providers. It may be actual Botox, but if it’s at a price that seems way too good to be true, it’s probably watered-down or expired Botox.
It’s extremely important to know exactly what you’re putting into your face, so if you want to take advantage of a Groupon, be sure to check out the provider very thoroughly before doing so. Read their Yelp reviews, make sure they are board-certified, and make sure they have years of experience administering Botox.
Hopefully these questions will help you understand more about Botox! If you’re interested in giving it a try, congratulations! When done properly by a professional Botox doctor or nurse, the results are highly satisfactory. If you’re considering Botox treatments in the Los Angeles area for yourself, please contact us at Pure Touch for a free consultation.