Botox is a medication that is synthesized in the lab and injected into the skin in order to temporarily relax the facial muscles. The wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes are caused by contraction of the underlying muscles. When the muscle contracts, it wrinkles the overlying skin. Botox injections prevent the muscle from contracting, and therefore prevents the wrinkling of the overlying skin.
In rare occasions, it can be used in the neck to prevent increased contraction of the neck platysma muscles. This can help smooth the neck contour in patients whose platysma muscle contracts too much, and causes lines in the middle part of the neck. Botox can also be used on the palms and in the armpit regions to control excess sweating.
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Botox takes just a few seconds to administer without anesthesia, and is virtually painless with minor discomfort. Injections are made with a very fine needle into specific muscles in order to prevent wrinkling. At Athré Facial Plastics, each injection is customized for a patient’s unique needs, and all injections are performed by Dr. Athré, assuring patients of a more natural result with minimal downtime and bruising.
Botox Recovery and Results
Botox injections take approximately 5-10 minutes to perform, and the effects of Botox take about 6 to 7 days to be visible, while Dysport injections can be seen about 4 days after injection. Each treatment lasts for about 3 to 4 months.
The primary risks with Botox injection include bruising, swelling, and some localized redness at the injection site. Avoidance of alcohol, vitamin E, fish oil, and omega-3 acid containing products for 5-6 days prior to injection will help minimize the risk of bruising and swelling. Post-procedure, patients can take Arnica Montana supplements to further diminish the risk of bruising and swelling.
Following Botox injections, most patients have a slight amount of redness at the injection site. These red areas look very similar to a small mosquito bite and ice can be applied to these areas immediately after injection.
To minimize bruising and swelling, patients are asked not to work out on the day of injections, and to be gentle with their face while washing or showering. Patients can return to full normal activity on the day following Botox injections.
How much does Botox® typically cost?
Botox costs as little as $14.45 per unit.
How long does a Botox procedure take?
Botox injections only take a few minutes.
How long is recovery from Botox?
Recovery from Botox takes three to seven days.
Can you lie down after Botox?
Wait at least four hours after Botox injections to lie down. This prevents site irritation and also prevents your injections from migrating.
How long does Botox last?
The results of Botox last up to six months.
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