How is Botox injected?
Botox is a simple and quick procedure. Usually, patients are in and out of the office within 15 minutes. Botox is drawn from a vial into small syringes to minimize discomfort. Patients concerned about pain can come into the office early for topical numbing. This is rarely done as most patients find Botox injections very tolerable.
What areas of the face can Botox treat?
Botox can be injected into many areas. Most commonly at our practice, Botox is injected into the forehead and in between the eyes (glabella) to smooth wrinkles, around the eyes to eliminate crow’s feet, and to lift the eyebrows. Botox may also be used to improve chin dimpling, reduce a “gummy smile,” accentuate the lips in a “lip flip,” and soften neck lines. Additionally, Botox can be injected into the underarms, palms, and soles to combat excessive sweating and into the masseter muscles to reduce TMJ jaw pain, clenching, or grinding.
Does Botox have other uses besides reducing wrinkles?
In addition to reducing wrinkles, Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating, create facial slimming or facial contouring, and reduce TMJ jaw pain. This has become a really popular procedure in our practice, as the stress of COVID has caused an epidemic of teeth grinding so severe teeth are even being cracked.
When can I see results from Botox?
Botox injections do not have immediate results. It can take up to 2 weeks to see the full result depending on the location, strength of the muscle, and amount of product used.
How long does Botox last?
The effect of Botox usually lasts 3 to 4 months. Botox is not permanent. If treatments are not continued the muscles will gradually return to normal function and wrinkles will return.