What Is Botox and How Does It Work?
Derived from botulinum toxin, Botox is a drug that when injected into muscles, can prevent nerve signals from causing muscles to contract. This results in the affected areas being more relaxed and smooth, even when making different facial expressions.
Botox injections are primarily utilized to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles that can be created by moving the face (expression lines). In addition to achieving a more youthful look, it has been known to treat chronic migraines, involuntary muscle contractions, teeth grinding, and muscle stiffness.
Here is a list of injection locations that we provide and the issues they can address:
- Eyebrows (eyebrow lift and shaping)
- Between the eyebrows (frown lines)
- Sides of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Forehead/temples (forehead lines and migraines)
- Top of the nose (bunny lines)
- Around the mouth (lipstick/marionette lines)
- Chin (chin dimpling)
- Jaw (teeth grinding)
What Is Getting Botox Like?
With the procedure taking around 15-30 minutes, Botox injections involve very thin needles that may cause minimal discomfort similar to a light pinch. The number of injections (or units) depends on the severity and area of concern, and numbing the region makes it more tolerable. Booking a consultation with our doctor beforehand to discuss your goals and past procedures/conditions/medications is ideal, especially if turning towards Botox to treat medical conditions (migraines, cerebral palsy, etc.) rather than aesthetics.
How Long Does It Take for Botox to Work and How Long Does It Last?
You may begin to see results 3-5 days after treatment, which can last for 3-4 months before starting to wear off. After getting Botox, you will be able to resume your day as normal immediately after the treatment so long as you avoid rubbing the injection areas.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
The cost of Botox varies depending on the amount of units required for treatment, which is based on location and extent of the issue. There is currently a disparity in costs for getting Botox between healthcare providers due to differences in brands, dosing, and technique. At Spine and Joint Center, we offer premium Botox brands with its maximum potency.
What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?
Whereas Botox prevents certain muscles from moving, dermal fillers involve the injection of hyaluronic acid or synthetic material beneath the skin, leading to increased volume in those areas. Unlike Botox, these can fill in areas that have lost volume due to the natural aging process.
Dermal fillers can not only be applied to smooth over wrinkles and add fullness to places like the lips and cheeks, but they can also even out indentations such as acne scars or tear troughs. The hyaluronic-based fillers we offer—Juvéderm® and Juvéderm® Voluma™ —can address these issues, with Juvéderm® being more versatile and Voluma™ being used to lift and fill the cheeks and chin specifically.
What Is Getting Dermal Filler Like?
The procedure itself is very similar to Botox in terms of its duration, feeling, and need for a prior consultation. Numbing creams and anesthetics are also offered to improve your comfort. To avoid inflammation or incorrect filler placement, try to avoid consuming alcohol or scheduling a dentist’s appointment right before treatment.
Afterwards, you may experience some temporary swelling or bruising in the affected regions. Results should be seen 1-2 days after treatment, and can last between 6-12 months for Juvéderm® and up to 2 years for Juvéderm® Voluma™ before the body naturally begins to dissolve the injected material. To avoid additional bruising or shifting the fillers, it would be best to avoid exercising and rubbing the area for a few days after the injections. Otherwise, you can expect little to no downtime.
What to Consider Before Getting Botox and/or Dermal Fillers
- Botox and dermal fillers provide temporary effects depending on the size of dosage. To achieve optimal results, more than one treatment in the future is recommended.
- It is not recommended that you get dermal fillers or Botox when pregnant or breastfeeding
- While rare, some potential side effects are:
- Muscle weakness, drooping eyelid/dry eye (Botox)
- Infection, rashes, tenderness (dermal fillers)
- Should any of these side effects persist for more than 24 hours, contact a physician