Botox FAQ

shutterstock_105234755-255x300-150x150Botox is a simple way to combat the appearance of wrinkles on the face. Its a quick injection of a protein that relaxes the muscles under the wrinkles. Once the muscles relax (they often become creased because of repeated facial expressions), the skin above it also relaxes. This softens the look of the wrinkle, and prevents it from deepening. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning Botox in Northern Virginia:

How Long Does It Last?

One Botox treatment can last up to four months, but individual results may vary. However, repeating the treatment has cumulative benefits because of the added time that the muscle has been relaxed, and the additional time the skin has to soften.

 

How Long Does It Take?

Depending on how many areas youre having treated, most clients can have their injections done over a lunch break.

 

Where Can I Have Botox?

The most common area for Botox injections are the wrinkles between the eyebrows, crows feet, and horizontal brow lines. Its not recommended to have Botox done around the mouth so theres no affect on speech.

 

Does It Hurt?

The injections are given with a very fine needle, so there is very little discomfort. The application of an ice pack afterwards will help sooth the area. Some physicians will apply a light topical anesthetic to the treatment area a few minutes before the injection in order to numb it.

 

What Is Recovery Like?

You can go back to your normal routine immediately after getting a Botox injection. You might have a little redness or slight swelling at the injection site, which will resolve within 24 hours. Some patients experience slight bruising, which will also resolve quickly. Youll need to avoid massaging the treatment area immediately after the procedure.

 

When Are Results Visible?

Most patients will start to see results in a few days, but if youre planning a big event, schedule your injections for two weeks beforehand to be on the safe side.

 

Will I Look Frozen?

No. You will still be able to make normal facial expressions, and you will still be able to feel your face like you usually do. The frozen look is a result of inappropriately administered medication. Using a Board Certified surgeon for your treatments will help you avoid complications and risks, including unwanted results.

 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your Botox treatment in Northern Virginia, call us at (703) 574-2588.