Botox 101: What to Know About Botox

Apr 01, 2019

Botox 101: What to Know About Botox

You’ve been thinking about Botox, but you’re just not sure if you want to go for it. The injectable has been growing in popularity the last few years both as a treatment for those who suffer from migraines and to reduce the visibility of wrinkles.

You’ve been thinking about Botox, but you’re just not sure if you want to go for it. The injectable has been growing in popularity the last few years both as a treatment for those who suffer from migraines and to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 7.23 million botulinum toxin type injections in 2017 alone. The popularity of Botox has been on the rise with both women and men since its advent in the early 1990s. Here is your Botox 101 info session to learn about this and other fillers.

Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. While that sounds a bit scary, Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract, which results in a relaxed expression and softens wrinkles.

Botox 101: How does Botox help?

Botox is typically known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections can relax the muscles that cause crow’s feet, forehead creases, and frown lines between the eyebrows.

Botox is also used to treat underlying muscular conditions, and this is how it has been used for decades before its cosmetic use came about. Botox helps to alleviate lazy eyes and eye twitching, neck spasms, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and overactive bladders.

Who is the best candidate?

Would you like to reduce the appearance of smile lines on your forehead and around the eyes? Maybe you worry that your brow line hangs too low? Botox could be the perfect solution. If you are suffering from mirgraines, an irritating muscular condition like an overactive bladder or even excessive sweating, you should call for a consultation to see if Botox can help.

Is Botox safe?

Yes, Botox is safe. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, only 36 cases of adverse effects associated with cosmetic use of Botox were reported between 1989 and 2003. More than one-third of those cases may have had more to do with an underlying condition than with the drug itself.

How quickly is Botox administered?

You can be treated with Botox in under 30 minutes. Botox is often referred to as a lunchtime procedure because it can be accomplished over your lunch break!

What is the recovery period for Botox?

The downtime after Botox is minimal. Usually, patients attend work and social engagements that same day. Side effects of Botox are typically limited to 30-60 minutes of temporary swelling at the injection site. You may also experience a small spot of bruising where the needle was inserted.

How long does Botox last?

You should see the full results of your Botox treatment within a week. It’s hard to say precisely how long the effects of your Botox will last because it depends on a few factors. It is safe to say that your treatment should last anywhere from three to six months.

Who should administer Botox?

Even though Botox is safe, it should not be given by any old Joe. Because of its popularity, Botox is often administered by unlicensed practitioners. Botox should always be provided by a specially-trained medical provider because they are the most experienced and know the shape of various faces as well as how to administer the toxin correctly. At Generations Family Practice Wellness Center, Bozena Narula, FNP-C and Justin Glodwoski, DO, are both highly trained and have a keen understanding of the muscles and underlying tissues that are in the face and how they are affected by injectables.

Will health insurance cover Botox?

Botox is not be covered by health insurance if you’re using it for cosmetic treatment. However, if you are using Botox for a medical condition, such as chronic migraine, there is a good possibility your health insurance will cover it.

Do you offer Botox Specials?

Generations Family Practice Wellness Center offers a Bank Your Botox and Dysport program, providing you the ability to pre-pay and save! This program is easy and straightforward – just chose the best package designed to fit your individual needs. The three bank levels include: $9, $10, or $12 per unit pricing options! It is our goal to make your experience as seamless as possible and earn your trust as a patient for life. There is no contract….the only commitment you are making is to yourself and how you feel when you look in the mirror.

Botox vs. Fillers: What are fillers and how do they work?

There are a wide variety of dermal fillers. Each one works in a slightly different way to produce a range of results. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, which in turn smooths lines and softens creases. Dermal fillers can also be used to enhance facial contours.

Facial fillers are widely used among both men and women to achieve a variety of results. More than 2.6 million people were treated with fillers in 2016 — up from 1.8 million people in 2010. Chances are you know someone who has been treated with fillers.

What do fillers help to achieve?

Facial fillers are used for a variety of issues. Fillers add volume to creases and folds in the face in areas that have lost fat and collagen as our bodies age. Facial fillers can be used to smooth lines around your nose, mouth, and chin, and to restore and add volume to lips, cheeks, and temples. The right practitioner can also help you achieve facial symmetry with fillers.

If you are always focused on a problem area, ask us about it, and we can advise you on which filler is best for you. Droopy eyelids? Old acne scars? Frown lines. All of these can be erased with fillers.

Are fillers safe?

Yes, facial fillers are safe. The FDA advises you to work with a licensed health care provider and to understand all the risks and benefits before treatment, which we are more than happy to discuss over the phone or at your next consultation.

How quickly are fillers administered?

While we will spend plenty of time talking about your specific situation and desired results, the actual procedure and injections take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Of course, the time depends on the individual and the number of areas being treated.

What is the recovery period for fillers?

The turnaround time for facial fillers is quick. You will probably experience some of the most common side effects including swelling, redness, bruising, or tenderness around the injection site, but these side effects will resolve within a week to 10 days. Some people experience these side effects, while others may not see any bruising or redness at all.

How long do facial fillers last?

The results from most injectable fillers are temporary, and results vary from person to person. Results depend on the type of fillers used as well as the extent of the treatment area. You can expect your results to last anywhere from a few months to an entire year.

Who should administer fillers?

While filler treatments are quick and easy, this is your face we’re talking about! A specially-trained medical provider with ample experience should be the one administering your fillers.

Will health insurance cover my filler treatment?

Filler treatments are not covered by insurance because they are considered a cosmetic procedure.

Contact us today to schedule your Botox or Filler appointment! (984) 228-1514