You’ve probably heard of BOTOX ®, one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world.  Known for its great results in eliminating wrinkles and restoring youth, it’s also associated with many questions and misconceptions. 

In the following blog, Dr. Stallworth shares the answers to some of the Frequently-Asked-Questions regarding BOTOX ®.

1) What exactly is BOTOX? 

BOTOX ® is a prescription drug that’s injected into facial muscle or tissue. Essentially, they are ”botulinum toxin” injections. Botox is the most well-known brand name, but we also offer Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin as alternatives. They’re usually used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. As stated on the BOTOX website, “It’s the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines look better in adults.”

2) How to know if you’re eligible for BOTOX? 

If you’re over 18 years old and do not suffer from any severe health conditions and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you’re most likely eligible to get BOTOX injections. BOTOX is also utilized to treat several health conditions. Medical News Today shares some examples:

  • To treat migraines for those who experience them for more than 4 hours multiple times a month.
  • Severe underarm sweating
  • Crossed eyes in those older than 12 years
  • Eyelid Spasm

If you suffer from any of these, be sure to consult with your doctor before examining whether BOTOX is a treatment for you. 

3) Can anyone perform BOTOX? 

No. In the US, you can only inject BOTOX if you are a medical professional, such as a physician or nurse. Estheticians are not allowed to inject Botox, because it’s not within their scope of practice. Additionally, anyone administering BOTOX must have taken a certified BOTOX course beforehand. 

4) How often should you get it? 

Results for BOTOX typically last between 3-4 months, sometimes longer. Once you start seeing them diminish, you can get injections re-applied. 

5) What’s the purpose of BOTOX? 

BOTOX strives to deliver consistent results for patients. On their website the company shares that its purpose “delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines.” 

6) What areas can I treat with BOTOX?

It is mostly used for lines and wrinkles on the forehead and crow’s feet, which are in the eye area, as well as any lines forming near the lips. Additionally, BOTOX may also be used around the chin or jaw, with the goal of softening the forming of harsh lines. 

7) Does it hurt?

You should not experience any severe pain when getting your injections.  Patients report experiencing mild discomfort because of the needles since BOTOX is injected in small doses. Experiencing severe pain is highly unlikely, so if you do you must notify your practitioner immediately. 

8) How many injections does BOTOX involve? 

This varies by patient and their goals. Your doctor will examine the targeted areas and depending on the amount of wrinkles you have, specify the number of injections. 

9) How much does it cost? 

Pricing is comparable between the brand you select. We price BOTOX at $13.50/unit currently, and patients generally receive 15-40 units depending on their needs/wants and the number of areas treated.

10) So, BOTOX eliminates wrinkles? 

Just like with any treatment, BOTOX is not magical! It cannot completely eliminate the forming of wrinkles that come with age. However, it can heavily delay the appearance of wrinkles for younger patients or reduce the amount of wrinkles for older patients. 

Now that your questions are answered… 

Are you interested in getting BOTOX? Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Stallworth by calling 210-997-3223.