Botox and other similar prescription drugs (Xeomin, Jeaveau and Dysport) are all FDA-approved variations of the same molecule, Botulinum toxin A. Any of these drugs can be injected into specific muscles to temporarily paralyze and weaken the muscles. In cosmetics, they are used to treat moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. There are over 280 other medical uses for these drugs and Botox has been safely used in medicine for over 20 years for excessive sweating, muscle spasms, overactive bladder, chronic migraine headaches, TMJ and other jaw pain, strabismus (crossed eyes) and many other conditions.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Women and men over the age of 18 may be eligible for neurotoxin injections. It is not advisable to be used in pregnant women or individuals who have certain muscle-weakening conditions such as myasthenia gravis. Lactating mothers may be injected under certain conditions and precautions.
How long does it take to work?
The different preparations (Botox vs. Xeomin, for example) have slightly different molecular sizes which seems to affect how quickly they will work. On average, Xeomin, Jeaveau and Dysport will show results in 1-2 days whereas Botox may take 4-7 days to see the same results.
How long will it last?
All of the above mentioned products will typically last approximately 3-4 months. However, it varies with each person,, depending on their metabolism, age, skin type and injection sites. Areas that have more activity, such as the frown lines and crowsfeet may have stronger muscles. Stronger muscles will usually require a slightly higher dose to be effective.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for injections?
You will have much less chance of bruising if you avoid taking any aspirin or NSAIDS such as ibuprofen for at least 5-7 days prior to your appointment. If you have any questions about taking any blood thinners or you are taking prescription meds to thin the blood, please discuss with your prescribing physician and advise Dr. Katie prior to your appointment. Also, an herbal supplement, Arnica montana, may be taken for 1-2 days prior to your appointment to further decrease the chance of bruising
Who is qualified to do the injections?
These are strong medications which need to be properly injected into specific muscles in order to get safe, predictable and pleasing results. Here in California they can legally only be injected by a physician, RNNP, PA or supervised RN who has been trained in proper placement and administration of neurotoxins.
What are the possible side effects of Botox?
The possible side effects are usually mild and temporary for any of the neurotoxins. Injection site side effects may include a localized “tight” feeling, redness, swelling, pain, bruising, tenderness, infection, eyelid or other facial drooping.
How much does Botox or other neurotoxins cost?
The cost varies with each of the products but it ranges from $9 -12 per unit. The number of units used on any patient also varies. Younger patients with fewer areas of treatment will use less. We also have VIP programs and Beauty Boot Camp which offer discounts in addition to the rewards programs offered by the companies that make the products.