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What is Botox and what does it do?

  • Botox is a drug made from a toxin that is produced by bacteria, called Clostridium botulinum, which blocks nerve activity in the muscles. This causes a temporary reduction in muscle activity for about 3 months.
  • Botox is a safe and easy treatment that is injected into specific muscle groups in the face, causing relaxation of those muscles to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Botox can also be given as preventative treatment.
  • Botox is more effective for dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that only show during movement) than static wrinkles. Static wrinkles can still be improved with Botox, but typically require more treatments to see results.
  • Botox can also be used to help people who experience jaw pain related to clenching and grinding by calming the muscles responsible for the clenching. For many people, tension type headaches and chronic jaw pain can be greatly improved with Botox.

What can Botox be used for?

  • Wrinkles:
    • Crow’s feet
    • Forehead lines
    • Frown lines (between eyebrows)
    • Bunny lines
    • Radial lip lines (smoker’s lines)
  • Other uses:
    • Eyebrow lift
    • Lip flip
    • Gummy smile
    • Dimpled chin
    • TMJ (jaw pain) relief

How long does it take Botox treatments to work?

Some areas of the face will respond more quickly than others to treatment. Final results may take up to 10 days.

How often do I need Botox treatments?

Treatments typically last 3-4 months.

What should you avoid after Botox treatment?

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours
  • Wait a minimum of two hours before applying makeup and skincare products, but avoid glycolic or Retin A products for one day
  • Avoid lying down for the first four hours after treatment
  • Avoid rubbing the injection sites
  • Avoid sun exposure on the day of treatment

If you are interested in learning more about Botox, or you want to see if you’d be a good candidate, we’d love to have you in for a complimentary consultation!