PROFILES Botox FAQ’s
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved, purified protein which can be used to temporarily reduce or eliminate certain wrinkles. Administered via injection, Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles which cause certain expression-related wrinkles like frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet. Botox can also treat neck bands, excessive sweating, muscle spasms, and migraine headaches. The results of Botox treatment last an average of three to four months.
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Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Those who are unhappy with the appearance of certain expression-related wrinkles may be good candidates for Botox treatment. Botox can also treat muscle spasms, migraine headaches, and excessive sweating. It’s also important that patients be in good health and have realistic expectations. Botox should not be used on patients with certain neuromuscular disorders like ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or myasthenia gravis.
Where do Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman perform the Botox injection?
Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman perform Botox treatments in their office.
What type of anesthesia will be used for my Botox treatment?
While anesthesia is not required for the Botox injection, Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner commonly use a local anesthetic to maximize the patient’s comfort.
How is the Botox treatment performed?
In order to determine the injection locations, Dr. Solieman or Dr. Litner will examine your ability to move certain facial muscles. Several tiny injections are then administered into the muscle.
How long does the Botox procedure take to perform?
Botox is a quick treatment that takes about ten minutes to perform.
Will I experience much pain during the Botox injection?
The injection involves little discomfort, though Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman often use a local anesthetic to maximize the patient’s comfort.
What is the recovery like after Botox?
There is little downtime or recovery after Botox treatment, though some minor bruising or swelling can occur at the injection site. Patients will start to see the effect in about five to seven days, though it will take about two weeks for the maximum effect to occur. Results last an average of four months.
How soon will I be able to return to work after my Botox treatment?
While some minor swelling or bruising can occur at the injection site, patients are able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment.
Are there any risks associated with Botox?
Like most cosmetic procedure, Botox does have potential risks which may include bruising, numbness, droopy eyelids, the body may become immune, allergic reaction, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, headache, respiratory infection, and flu syndrome.
Is Botox treatment covered by insurance?
Insurance generally does not cover Botox injections which are purely cosmetic in nature. Some coverage may be available when used for medical purposes, when treating migraine headaches for instance. Patients will need to check with their own insurance company.
How long do the results of Botox treatment last?
The effects of Botox injections typically last an average of four months.
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