Botox is purified form of neurotoxin made from botulinum toxin that is used cosmetically to stop the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles and smooth the skin.
By inhibiting muscle movement, wrinkles that occur during expression become less apparent or completely disappear. Static wrinkles (wrinkles at rest) can become less obvious and may also diminish overtime.
Cosmetic Botox is used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A few examples of areas that can be treated cosmetically include: wrinkles in between the brows, the forehead, around the eyes, around the nose, and around the mouth.
Does Botox hurt?
Most people find the discomfort associated with Botox injections to be quite mild. Typically there is a small poke sensation in sensitive areas and other areas may not be felt at all.
There are also many techniques the injector can use to decrease pain, ask your injector about managing pain if this is a concern for you.
Will people know I had Botox?
If done correctly most people will not know you have had Botox injections. They will most likely just think that you look refreshed and well rested.
How long does Botox last?
Botox lasts an average of 2-4 months depending on the area treated.
Areas with more movement, like around the lips and eyes, won’t last as long as areas with less movement such as the forehead.
What are the bad side effects of Botox?
When used cosmetically in healthy people side effects are rare and usually mild. Overall most side effects can be reduced or diminished completely with proper injection technique.
Some side effects include: pain at the injection site, redness, swelling, asymmetrical results, heavy brows, dropped brows, or very rarely a droopy eyelid.
Make sure to tell your injecting provider if you have any medical conditions, allergies, or if you are taking any medication to minimize side effects.
Can Botox cause acne?
Most people actually see an improvement in their skin and their pores after Botox. Botox shrinks the pores and also makes the skin appear smooth.
Very rarely an individual might break out after Botox but it is most likely a sensitivity reaction from the cleanser used (alcohol or chlorhexidine) than from the Botox itself.
What are the ingredients in Botox?
Botulinum toxin, sodium chloride, and human albumin (a large protein found in our blood).
The ingredient of human albumin is often why you are asked if you have an allergy to eggs or if you have ever had a reaction to a vaccine as the components are similar.
Can you become resistant to Botox?
A large study cited on UpToDate of over 2200 people found that only 0.0049% developed anti-bodies against Botox and only 0.0013% developed true resistance. So the short answer is that yes it is possible but highly unlikely.
If you have tried Botox and have not had a good result chances are that it could be the dosage or injection technique. You could also try a different form such as Xeomin and see if that works better for you.
Can Vegans get Botox?
Technically Botox is not vegan because of the human albumin. However, the albumin is from a donor that willingly donated blood products so it depends on the individuals personal or religious beliefs on whether this would be ok for them.
How much does Botox cost?
As with any medical or cosmetic procedure you are not just paying for the product but also the quality, expertise and technique of the injector.
The best price does not equal the best result and it can cost much more in the long run to have a poor result corrected than getting a great result from the start.
Pricing may also depend on the number of units you require and if you are having any other procedures done. Typically Botox at EMA starts at $12/unit.
Are payment plans available for Botox treatments?
Financing is offered through Square, you can read more about it and applyHERE.
As above, discounts are also available when multiple procedures are booked together. Get in touch or book a free consult for more information.