7 Botox Questions Answered
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug that is administered through injection in order to treat skin wrinkles. It is technically a name brand for the toxin that is made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The reason that Botox is so prevalent is because it was the first one developed. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, which means the muscles can no longer contract. This relaxes the muscles, and consequently the skin that lays on top. The wrinkles in the area then relax and soften.
This method works best for crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines. It cannot be used to fix wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage. Botox also has other uses aside from wrinkles. Botox can be used to help patients with chronic migraines, overactive bladders, extreme armpit sweating, uncontrolled blinking and more.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox shots last three to six months. Muscle activity will begin to resume, and the skin will begin to wrinkle after this occurs. A new round of shots will be needed to keep results. Some patients also may notice that the first-time procedure may be on the lower side of duration, whereas the following procedures may last longer. Though this is common, it is not always the case as results vary from patient to patient.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
Botox at LightRx can vary from session to session and patient to patient as everyone’s needs are different. The best way to know exactly what you will be paying is by contacting us by calling 877-721-4547 and scheduling a consultation in one of our offices. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.
How Much Botox do I Need?
The number of units you will need will vary depending on what procedure you want done. For frown lines you might need anywhere from 15 to 25 units, crow’s feet usually require 5 to 15, forehead lines could be anywhere between 10 to 30, eyebrows only 2 to 5, upper lips 4 to 8, and a smile lift only 3 to 6. The exact amounts will differ from patient to patient. If you have larger or deeper wrinkles it will take more units of Botox to remedy the problem.
What Should I Not do After Botox?
Primarily, following a Botox procedure you should avoid touching your face, or putting any pressure on it. If you touch your face within the first 24 hours you risk spreading the toxins to other parts of your face which could have adverse effects. Similarly, you should not sleep on the area that Botox has been injected as it may cause it to spread into unintended areas.
You should also avoid other skin treatments such as facials, massages, exfoliating scrubs, or dermal fillers as there may be adverse reactions or spread the toxins. You should also avoid makeup for the first 24 hours as well as sun exposure for the first 4 hours. Do not exercise for the first 24 hours either. You should avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours prior to your procedure. If you have any concerns consult your doctor and follow their recommended instructions.
Where Should I Get Botox?
A medspa is a great place to have a Botox procedure done. Medspas, such as LightRx, have a dedicated staff specifically for procedures such as these. Although our services are varied, and not dedicated specifically to Botox, our staff is experienced and trained accordingly.
Our staff can provide a safe, professional, and clean atmosphere focused on providing results and comfort.
Should I get Botox When Pregnant?
Although Botox is a safe and federally approved drug you might want to err on the side of caution if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. It might be best to postpone your next injection if you are pregnant. Although the drug does enter the bloodstream there have been no studies that show that the drug causes miscarriages or birth defects. If you are being administered Botox for health reasons and not just for skin wrinkles, ask your doctor if you can continue your treatments while pregnant.
If you are interested in Botox for any reason and want to know more call us at 877-721-4547 and schedule a free consultation at your local LightRx. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.