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Botox Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

Absolutely. Botox (and competitors like Dysport and Xeomin, which will be widely available next January) are highly purified toxins that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crows-feet. “The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin,” says New York City plastic surgeon Michael Kane, author of The Botox Book (St. Martin’s Press). Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pin cushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.

Will Botox Make Me Feel Numb and Look Frozen?

It will not affect the nerves that cause a sensation or make you feel numb. When it is used correctly, it can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look. “But if too much is injected in the danger zone—the horizontal lines in the forehead—you can look Spocked, as in Spock from Star Trek,” says Jean Carruthers, a Vancouver eye surgeon who, with her husband, Alastair, coauthored the first paper on the cosmetic benefits of Botox in 1989. That’s why it’s important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can judge the size of your muscles and how much Botox you will need.

Does Botox Hurt?

Like most injections, Botox can be slightly painful, especially between the eyebrows. Some doctors offer topical anesthesia ten minutes before the procedure or ice the area to numb it.

Does Botox Have Side Effects?

Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived, according to Kane. In one to five percent of cases, there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, and some patients experience slight bruising.

What’s the Ideal Age to Start Using Botox?

You don’t need it before you have wrinkles to hide. Other than that, a patient can have Botox safely whenever they are bothered by their wrinkles. There is no issue with long-term use: “I’ve had patients who have used it repeatedly for over 20 years without bad effects,” says Kane.

How Long Does Botox Last?

It varies from patient to patient, but good results usually last three and a half to four months.

Will My Friends Know I Did Botox?

Yes and no. A good result will leave you looking fresher, more cheerful, and perhaps younger. Telltale signs of Botox that has been badly done are a smooth and shiny forehead, or a forehead and crow’s-feet that don’t move when you laugh or cry.

Shared from Allure.com for our Aesthetic Medicine Blog

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