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FAQ Botox

Is Botox safe? 

Botox being unsafe is the number one myth we come across when talking with patients about Botox. Botox can be dangerous when not administered by an individual who has the appropriate training and experience to perform the procedure. However, professional Botox injections come in small doses and when performed by a professional, the procedure is both safe and effective. 

Are Botox results instant?

Botox works by injecting a low dose of botulinum toxin directly into the muscles. Within 7-10 days, patients notice visible smoothing of expression lines along the areas that were treated. With this relaxation of muscles, we see results of having a much younger appearance. 

How does Botox work? 

Botox works by relaxing facial muscles so that they can’t contract. Botox or botulinum toxin type A consists of a purified protein that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By injecting a low dose of the botulinum toxin directly into the muscles we can calm the nerve impulses and prevent muscles from contracting to form fine lines and wrinkles. Within 7-10 days patients will start to notice softening of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox originally was created to treat the fine lines of the glabella or brow area. However it can also be used to treat other facial areas that have been affected with age, such as the creases along the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Patients may also choose to receive treatment for the jaw and chin area. 

How is Botox made? 

Botulinum toxin, is one of the most poisonous biological substances known. It is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming rod commonly found in plants, in soil, water and intestinal tracts of animals. Botox is turned into a purified protein called botulinum toxin type A.  Botulinum toxin type A was first demonstrated in the management of strabismus in humans. In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox, for the cosmetic purpose of temporarily reducing glabeller forehead frown lines. 

Which Botox lasts the longest? 

There are three different kinds of Botox that we carry here at Elixir Aesthetics, Botox, Juveau and Dysport. There is unfortunately no clear proof of which brand of toxin lasts the longest. Most doctors will agree that Botox and Dysport lasts between 3-6 months. One small study found that Botox may last longer than Dysport, but others disagree. A large study with 180 patients found that all 3 brands have a similar duration of action. 

When does Botox wear off? 

Everyone’s body will metabolize botox at their own pace. However in general Botox can be expected to last between 3-6 months. 

Where can Botox be injected? 

Botox has a wide range of uses. Botox can be injected into the forehead, eyebrows, crows feet, bunny lines, marionette lines, gummy smile and the masseter muscles. All injection points depend on the problem areas of the patients and what results they are hoping to gain!