If you are preparing yourself to have Botox treatment, you likely have a few questions about the process. Or, if you are like many people out there who are just looking to improve their appearance, you might not even be sure which questions you should be asking.
You can only feel comfortable in your decision-making if you have all the information at your disposal. This is why we have put together this list of five questions you should be asking before having Botox performed – so that you can feel confident as you move forward with your treatment.
Which Wrinkle Relaxer Should Use?
When most people mention “Botox,” they are talking about an injectable treatment that stops muscles in the face from moving. But what many people don’t know is that there are actually a few different products on the market that can achieve this effect.
Much like we say, “pass me a Kleenex” to mean “pass me a tissue,” or “let’s grab a Coke” to mean “let’s get a soda,” Botox has become a word people use to refer to the category of treatment, not necessarily the brand.
Throughout 2020 alone, more than 4.4 million Botox and other neuromodulator injections were performed, according to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau are all options that block signals between the facial muscles and the brain. Without those signals, small muscles in the face are prevented from making expressions, and by extension, wrinkles.
Each of these options specializes in certain areas of the face. But with that being said, Botox has become the standard everyone refers to because it is versatile, effective and trusted.
How Long Until I Can See the Results?
In many cases, patients can see results within a couple of days. But we generally let patients know they should expect to see noticeable improvement within two weeks at the latest. Your experience will depend entirely on how your body reacts to treatment.
The only reason the effects are not immediate is that, unlike injectable fillers, Botox is not adding anything to the skin. It targets a root cause of wrinkling (facial movement) and forces it to stop in its tracks. This means it takes some time for the folds in the skin to smooth out, much like clothing will unwrinkle itself after being laid out on a straight surface.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The formula that is used in Botox provides long-lasting results, generally between three and six months. The average patient should expect to fall near the four-month mark, but the length of the results is ultimately determined by how your body reacts to the treatment and the extent of correction.
To maintain optimal results, we always recommend that our patients develop a regular treatment plan. This achieves a few things: firstly, it ensures that you do not end up redeveloping wrinkles throughout your face. Secondly, many patients reporting needing Botox injections less often when on a regular program, which means you can ultimately save money on treatment.
What Areas of My Face Could Benefit from Botox?
Botox can be used in many different concerns throughout the face, including:
- Frown lines
- Bunny lines
- Forehead lines
- Lipstick lines
- Chin dimpling
- Poor jaw definition
- Hooded eyes
- Crow’s feet
- Tear troughs
Even if you don’t see your specific concern listed, there is a solid chance our office can treat it with Botox or a different type of treatment.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
Many different factors affect the cost of Botox treatment: location, symptoms being treated, number of units per session, training and expertise of your provider, regularity of your treatments, etc. Given all of these factors, it would be nearly impossible to provide an accurate blanket cost.
The best way to get an accurate quote is to schedule a consultation with our office where a medical professional can closely examine your conditions and listen to your aesthetic goals. After you have been seen, we can provide you with an accurate estimate of your initial treatment and a rough idea of what kind of program you should anticipate to maintain your results.
A note about “budget” practices…
There are many practices out there that claim to provide top-tier results for a fraction of the typical cost. It would be best if you remembered that Botox is only safe and effective in the hands of an experienced and trained professional. Often, these “budget” practices do not have the knowledge and understanding that they should. Many patients experience sub-optimal results to save a nominal amount of money.
Professional Botox Treatment in Orange County
At California Vein Specialists, we provide the highest caliber Botox results to patients in Orange County. We are easily accessible to anyone in Newport Beach or surrounding areas, and we are looking forward to being your trusted partner throughout this process.
Give our office a call at (949) 515-9377 or fill out our online contact form to receive a callback at a more convenient time. We are ready to answer any questions you have and address any fears about the procedure.