Have you been bothered by the appearance of wrinkles on your face? Botox can smooth these fine lines and wrinkles to “reverse” the effects of aging. Botox is an injectable made from the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A, a neuromodulator that temporarily blocks nerve signals and stops facial muscles from contracting. Stopping these muscle contractions smooths wrinkles that are unable to form on the skin without the movement of underlying muscles.
The most popular use for Botox is to smooth frown lines on the forehead, smile lines, crow’s feet at the corners of the eye, and bunny lines on the nose. It can also be used to fix the appearance of a gummy smile, prevent teeth grinding, smooth neck bands, and more! Botox is even used on the hands and armpits to treat excessive sweating.
Almost anyone is a candidate for Botox injections as long as you are not currently pregnant or nursing and are in good health. Check to make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients in Botox before receiving your injectable treatment.
During your treatment, a tiny needle will be used to inject the Botox into specific areas of the face. This is a quick treatment that will only take about 15 minutes and is minimally painful. If you are concerned about the use of a needle, a topical anesthetic or ice can be applied before treatment to make you as comfortable as possible.
Immediately after your injections, you may see some mild bruising and swelling around the injection sites. This will resolve within a few days and in about 10-14 days, you will start to see the results. Botox usually lasts about 3-4 months and after that time, you can schedule another appointment to touch up your results.
Olga Nazarov, PA-C, specializes in injectable treatments and has helped hundreds of patients reverse signs of aging and achieve beautiful results. Schedule a consultation at Glamour Medical Aesthetics in the Miami and Aventura, FL area by giving our office a call at 786-751-7990 or filling out an online contact form.
How long does Botox last?
Botox or any neurotoxin injections typically last 3-6months depending on the number of units (dose) administered. If treatments are underdosed, they will not last as long. The recommended FDA-approved dose for three areas (glabella, forehead and crow feet) is 65 units.
What age should I start Botox?
18 years and older
What is Botox used for?
Botox is used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing muscles in the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also be used for a variety of treatments such as to improve gummy smile, lift the corners of the mouth, minimize the appearance of dimples on the chin, improve a recessed chin, reduce pain and teeth grinding, slim the face, make your upper lip look fuller without adding volume (Lip flip), minimize perioral orn smoking lines, improve jawline definition and improve the appearance of prominent neckbands (Nefertiti lift), improve skin quality wrinkles and line on the decolletage, narrow wide nostrils, soften nose bunny lines, lift the tip on the nose, improve excessive sweating in armpits, hands feet and scalp that last up to 12 months, improve skin quality, prevent future lines and wrinkles, micro botox and topical botox can help to improve rosacea, acne, reduce pore sizes and give an overall glow to the skin, reduce the size of calf muscles to slim legs, reduce migraines and improves depression.
What do I need to know before getting botox?
Inform Olga Nazarov PA-C about all your medical conditions, specifically neuro-muscular disorders (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome), allergies to any botulinum toxin product, if you had any side effects from any botulinum toxin injections in the past, a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema, swallowing problems, bleeding problems, weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows, drooping eyelids, any other change in the way your face normally looks, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as it is unknown if BOTOX can harm your unborn baby, and if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed as it is not known if BOTOX passes into breast milk.