What is the main ingredient of Botox injections?
If you are considering having Botox treatment, you are probably keen to find out exactly what you will be having injected into your body. Botox injections are made up of a neurotoxin, Botulinum toxin type A, which is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin works to prevent the exchange of certain chemical transmitters which send messages between nerve cells. These messages are primarily responsible for causing muscles to contract. Botox injections can therefore be used to temporarily relax the muscles of the face, which helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox will remain localised in the area where it is injected, it should not move to any other parts of the body. This means that you should not see any systemic effects from your treatment.
The thought of having a neurotoxin injected into your body can sound quite scary. However, the doses of Botulinum toxin used in Botox treatment Boston are extremely small and not considered to be harmful. Indeed, Botox has FDA approval as a cosmetic treatment for fine lines and facial wrinkles. Patients report excellent results when Botox is injected into areas, such as under the eyes and along the forehead.
Botox can also be used to treat certain medical conditions, for example, cervical dystonia and excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis.
How long does Botox last?
So exactly how long do the effects of Botox injections last for? The results that you see will only be temporary, this is because the neurotoxin will eventually be absorbed by your body and naturally broken down. Botox results typically last for between 3 and 6 months after treatment, after which time you will need to have more injections as your wrinkles slowly return. If you have regular Botox treatments, the time that you can leave between injections may increase as your muscles begin to weaken due to lack of use.
There are a number of different factors that can influence how long your Botox will last for. These include:
- The quality and freshness of the product – Botox is supplied in a frozen, powdered form, which is reconstituted using a saline solution. This prepared solution can then be used for up to 2 weeks, but it is at its most potent for the first 24 hours after reconstitution.
- Your metabolism – and how quickly it responds to the Botox
- The area injected
- The dosage and dilution of Botox used
- Your age – older patients will have more and deeper wrinkles, therefore usually requiring more frequent treatment and higher doses of Botox
As it takes some time for you body to start responding to the Botulinum toxin, you will not see any visible results straight after your treatment. It usually takes around 3-5 days to start seeing any effects, with full results being achieved after around 14 days.
How much does Botox cost?
While searching for the answer to “how much does Botox cost?”, you may be imagining that this highly popular and effective solution to aging skin is out of your financial reach. Treatment prices vary significantly depending upon your provider and location. Depending on the area that you have treated and the number of injections that you require, you can expect to pay anything upwards of $250.
When considering treatment cost, it is important to remember that good quality treatment is never cheap. This is because the use of good quality products, employment of highly skilled staff and strict adherence to important safety requirements all cost money and this is reflected in the price that you pay. More and more patients are turning to unskilled practitioners for treatment in order to cut costs, however, the risks are just not worth taking.
At Evolution MedSpa Boston all Botox treatments are carried out by a highly experienced, Harvard trained doctor. This means you can be reassured that you are receiving the very best quality of care. Contact Evolution MedSpa Boston today to book an initial consultation to find out how Botox can help you. At this appointment, you can discuss how much your treatment will cost you in detail.
Can you use Botox to get rid of forehead wrinkles?
Forehead lines can be very frustrating, but fear not Botox can help. Botox injections are FDA-approved for the treatment of forehead lines. Typically, around 20 units of Botox are injected into the forehead to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Botox can be very effective at treating forehead lines because these lines tend to occur due to facial expressions. Paralysing the facial muscles which control these expressions can really help.
What do forehead wrinkles look like before and after Botox?
Patients notice a dramatic difference in the appearance of their forehead wrinkles before and after Botox treatment. Skin looks noticeably smoother and has a more youthful glow.
What age do men get Botox?
It is not just women who turn to Botox to make them look younger, the treatment is also popular with men. Although, men tend to seek treatment later in life than women, with the average age for first Botox treatment being 40 years for males vs. 30 years for females.
What is light Botox and can it be used on the forehead?
‘Light Botox’ or ‘Baby Botox’ is a type of treatment which uses very small doses of Botox to treat wrinkles. Baby Botox can provide great results, while preserving the patient’s natural facial expressions. It can be used on any of the areas where traditional Botox is injected and can provide excellent results on forehead lines and frown lines.
Is Botox bad long-term?
Most patients get regular Botox injections as the effects are only temporary, but what are the long-term effects? Well, research evidence on the long term safety of Botox is limited.
Some potential long term side effects of Botox treatment are:
- Permanent muscle weakness and paralysis
- Allergic reactions
- Eye irritation or drooping eyelids if Botox is injected into the area surrounding the eye
Medical advice should be sought if any of these side effects occur.
If you want to know more about Botox and how it can benefit you, then contact Evolution MedSpa Boston today, either by phone or online. Our friendly, professional doctors will be happy to help you on your journey to more youthful looking skin.