Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
The following article discusses frequently asked questions regarding Botox at lake norman oral and facial surgery.
How does Botox work? Botox works by weakening the muscles where it is injected. When the facial muscles contract, the loose skin around the muscles wrinkle. Weakening these muscles helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
How long do the results of Botox last? The effects of Botox lasts about four months, however the duration of the treatment can vary based on where it is used.
Are Botox injections safe? Botox is a very safe treatment when it is injected by an experienced physician.
How often can patients receive injections? Once the wrinkles return, Botox can be administered again. There is no set limit on the number of injections a patient can receive. Some studies have shown that the immune system can develop antibodies to the Botox molecule which can eventually make it ineffective.
Who is able to perform Botox? Botox is a prescription drug and is administered by a physician. A nurse, physician assistant or aesthetician is also able to administer Botox in some cases.
Is anesthesia used for the injections? Some doctors will anesthetize the area of the skin being treated with a topical cream. This reduces the pain experienced with the needle prick.
Is Botox painful? No, Botox alone is not painful. The pain which is commonly associated with Botox injections is the needle prick. Smaller needles create less pain compared to larger needles. As the fluid is injected beneath the skin, it temporarily stimulates the nerve fibers. The pain threshold for injections varies from patient to patient. Most patients report feeling little to no pain with the injections.
How many Botox treatments are required in order to see results? When the injections are administered properly, the results are visible after a single treatment. Botox typically takes two to four days for the muscle weakening effect to occur. The maximum effect of the injections takes place in approximately 10 to 14 days. The effect usually lasts about three to four months.
What is the healing process after the injection? There is not typically a healing period or any aftercare required. Most physicians recommend to avoid rubbing or touching the locations for a few hours following the injections.
Is there a rebound effect when Botox wears off and the patient does not receive additional injections? The muscle should return to its original state once the Botox wears off.
When does Botox become ineffective in the treatment or wrinkles or sagging skin? There is no set limit on the number of injections a patient can receive. The body's immune system is capable of developing antibodies to the Botox molecule. If this occurs, this can make the injections ineffective.
Is it true that the more Botox I receive, the less I need? This is a common discussion point for physicians. Muscles which are unused tend to atrophy and become weak over time. Muscles which have been continuously injected with Botox may produce a similar effect.
How far in advance should I have Botox for a special event to avoid any side effects? Botox usually takes two to four days to show results. The maximum effect of the injections takes place about 10 to 14 days and lasts for a few months. If there is any bruising from the needle, it usually lasts for about a week. Most doctors encourage their patients to schedule Botox injections a month before the event.
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