Does Botox® hurt?
Botox® injections are given using one of the smallest needles available, so most people do not feel the injection very much. Although you may notice some swelling or redness following the injection, most people do not experience any pain afterwards. To minimize discomfort during the procedure, the area of injection is frozen.
How long does a procedure take?
A small area of interest can take as little as 5-10 minutes to inject, while larger or multiple areas are 15-30 minutes.
How long does it take to see results?
Depending on how your muscles respond to the injection, results can be seen anywhere as soon as 3 days, but may take up to 2 weeks to be fully visible.
How long does it last?
The length of an injection varies by how your muscles respond to Botox®, but the first treatment typically lasts an average of 3-4 months. As you return for touch up treatments, you may notice your results lasting for a longer period of time.
Why should I choose Botox® over laser treatment, chemical peels or microdermabrasion to correct facial wrinkles?
People may be tempted to choose lasers, peels, and dermabrasion over injections for wrinkle correction because they assume they may be cheaper or quicker. Although Botox® may not be for everyone, IPL lasers have been known to cause permanent accidental burns or scars, while chemical peels and dermabrasion have longer downtimes associated with painful redness and raw skin, meaning you might not feel comfortable going out right after a procedure. Dermabrasion is also not compatible for every skin type, and may cause permanent scarring or changes in pore appearance.
Can I get Botox® and dermal fillers at the same time?
While Botox® is used to correct wrinkles and lines, fillers are used to plump up the extra space left behind by the corrected lines. Depending on how fine your wrinkles are, they can sometimes be done at the same time. However, if you receive fillers and your muscles have not had a chance to fully adjust to a Botox® treatment and smooth out properly, this may result in the filler being clumped into lumpy pockets, causing an uneven appearance.
Is Botox® expensive?
Botox® is often thought to be an expensive procedure, but most people don’t realize that it is different for every person. The amount of Botox® you want will depend on the depth of your wrinkles, the physical age of your skin and muscles, and the number of areas you wish to have treated. Botox® is given in units, and everybody needs a different number of units. The price of Botox may vary from one place to another, but at the Estevan Anti Aging we administer Botox® at the full concentration, as recommended by the manufacturer.
I feel like some people won’t understand my choice to get a Botox® treatment.
When people think of Botox® treatment, they tend to picture the over-the-top plastic surgery procedures that celebrities have, which is why they are all over the tabloids. However, as an every-day cosmetic treatment, Botox® is no different than having a chemical peel or a laser hair removal. The goals of these treatments, as well as the costs, are quite similar. The mark of a good Botox® treatment from your certified medical aesthetic medical nurse practitioner and physician at the Estevan Anti Aging Clinic is subtlety. That way, when people see you, they know you look different, but they just can’t put their finger on what has changed.