What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a purified protein that is injected into the muscles to block the signals that cause muscle contractions. By temporarily paralyzing the muscles, Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is most commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by blocking the signals that cause muscle contractions. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox temporarily paralyzes them, which results in a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. The effects of Botox last for around three to four months, after which the muscles gradually regain their function, and the wrinkles start to reappear.
Benefits of Botox
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Lifts the brow area
- Reduces the appearance of under-eye bags
- Treats excessive sweating
- Relieves migraines
Risks and Side Effects of Botox™ Treatment
Like any medical procedure, Botox™ treatment comes with risks and side effects. The most common side effects include bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site.
In rare cases, some people may experience more severe side effects such as drooping eyelids, blurred vision, or difficulty breathing. It is essential to choose a qualified and experienced provider to minimize the risk of adverse effects.
What to Expect Before a Botox™ Treatment
Prior to receiving your Botox treatment, the initial step is to participate in a consultation with one of our experienced providers. Throughout this consultation, you will engage in a discussion concerning your intended outcomes for the treatment, any apprehensions or inquiries you may have, as well as your medical background.
Moreover, your healthcare provider will conduct a thorough assessment of the targeted areas and evaluate whether Botox is a suitable and beneficial option for you.
It is of great importance to be truthful with your provider regarding any medications you are presently taking, comprising of over-the-counter supplements, in addition to any medical conditions you are encountering. This aids in ensuring that the treatment is safe and effective for you.
What Can You Expect During a Botox™ Treatment?
During the treatment, a qualified medical professional will inject the botulinum toxin into the muscles in your face using a very fine needle. The procedure usually takes only a few minutes to complete and is relatively painless. You may feel a slight pinch or pressure at the injection site, but any discomfort should be minimal.
What to Expect After a Botox™ Treatment
After the treatment, you may experience some minor swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection site. These side effects should subside within a few hours or days.
You can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure, but you should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for at least 24 hours to avoid spreading the botulinum toxin to other muscles. You should also keep your head elevated for 3 hours after receiving Botox™.
Is Botox™ Safe?
Botox™ is regarded as a safe treatment provided it is administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Nevertheless, it is of utmost importance to disclose any medical conditions or medications you are currently taking to ensure that Botox™ is a suitable and safe option for you.
Is Botox™ Painful?
The majority of patients commonly report experiencing only slight discomfort throughout the procedure. The needle used for injection is very fine and the process is relatively quick.
Are There Any Side Effects of Botox™ Treatment?
Minor side effects such as swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site are common but typically subside within a few hours or days. More serious side effects are rare but can include drooping eyelids or eyebrows, double vision, or difficulty swallowing.
Is Botox™ Right For Me?
- Botox is a quick and minimally invasive procedure.
- The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and there is no downtime afterward.
- Discomfort is minimal and brief.
- Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.
What Results Should I Expect Over Time?
- You can expect to see results within days after your treatment.
- The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.
- Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months, and after that you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment.
Contact us today to learn if botox is right for you. We’re conveniently located in Neenah, Plover and Mequon.
How Often Can I Receive Botox™ Treatments?
You can receive Botox™ treatments every three to six months as needed.
Can Botox™ Be Used for Other Purposes Besides Reducing Wrinkles?
Yes, Botox™ has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and muscle spasms.
How Much Does Botox™ Treatment Cost?
The cost of Botox™ treatment varies depending on the area being treated and the number of units needed. Your doctor can provide you with an estimate based on your specific needs.
The cost of Botox® is $12.50 per unit. Call (920)725-0700 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid Before or After a Botox™ Treatment?
You should avoid alcohol, blood-thinning medications, and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding.
You should also avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for at least 24 hours after the procedure to avoid spreading the botulinum toxin to other muscles. You should also keep your head elevated for 3 hours following your Botox™ treatment.