BOTOX® Cosmetic is among the most popular cosmetic surgery treatments. More than 6 million Botox treatments are performed each year. Botulinum toxin “Botox” is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Jonas is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and has been treating people with Botox for over 15 years.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a minimally invasive cosmetic injectible procedure. BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Formulations, potency, and approved doses vary among botulinum toxin products, which means that one product cannot take the place of another. Those are a few reasons why there is no such thing as a “generic” form of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
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What is a consultation appointment like?
BOTOX is a prescription-only medication. You should always have a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional who is authorized to prescribe it before anything is injected. By having injections performed by an untrained practitioner, you are not only risking physical damage from their potentially inappropriate treatment techniques, you could also harm your self esteem when you do not like the results.
At your consultation you will be asked for a detailed medical history and we will discuss if BOTOX will help you achieve the results you are looking for.
How much does Botox cost?
We can discuss costs at your consultation - it will vary depending on your needs.
How long does a botox injection take?
This will vary depending on the area we have decided to treat. You can expect to see results within 2-14 days after the injections. People will respond differently based on age, location of injection, and the degree of wrinkling. For a first time patient, expect fewer injections so we can assess what the effects will be.
How long will the results of botox last?
Results will last 3-6 months.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for this procedure?
You should know after your initial consultation. BOTOX is not a treatment for sun damage and it is not approved for pregnant or nursing women. An ideal candidate would be someone who is in generally good overall health. Patients must be at least 18 years old. BOTOX can be a continual treatment, or it can be a one time procedure.
What should I do to prepare for this procedure?
A week before the procedure stop taking any medication that can thin the blood. This will minimize any potential post-BOTOX bruising. If you have to take pain medication, Tylenol is okay. Also, avoid drinking alcohol a few days before you get BOTOX.
What should I wear to the procedure?
Dress comfortably and feel free to arrive without any makeup on. We will remove any makeup before injecting.
Do I need someone to drive me to and from the appointment?
You can resume normal activities immediately, but exercise is not recommended for 4-6 hours. You can drive yourself home.
What foods/ drinks (if any) should I avoid?
Alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates (you may eat fruit), spicy foods, and cigarettes 24-48 hours after your treatment.
Will I be awake during procedure?
How long is typical recovery time? What will recovery be like?
BOTOX is known as a 'lunchtime procedure' because patients can return to their daily activities, including work, immediately. There are no incisions, sutures, or bandages required.
When do I return to office for check up?
Two weeks after first injection.
Will people know I had a Botox injection or is there a way to achieve a natural look?
We can talk about the best ways to achieve a natural look.
How often can I have Botox? When will I know it is time to do it again?
One treatment every three to four months is what we recommend.
What are the risks of having Botox?
Side effects are mild, and may include bruising, swelling, or redness around the injection site, as well as minor headaches. At your consultation we will discuss any specific concerns or questions.