BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. Those are the most common locations that we inject botox into, but there is so much more we can do with botox, such as lift the droopy depressed angles of the mouth, get rid of the chin crunch, improve a gummy smile, improve symptoms of TMJ and help with migraines. Botox is also great for people that have excessive sweaty armpits called hyperhidrosis!
It is considered safe and effective, and one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available.
If you’re considering Botox, you likely have a lot of questions. What is it? How does it work? What are the side effects? We are here to help! Dr. Billie Casse, Board Certified Dermatologist and owner of Reno Tahoe Dermatology, is here to share everything you need to know when considering Botox.
What is botox and what does it do?
Botulinum toxin, often shortened to Botox, is a protein that prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction, thus causing muscles to not contract. When you don’t use your muscle, you lose your wrinkle, lift or lower an area, depending on the goal of the treatment.
How do I know if I need botox?
Most people begin to see the signs of aging in their late 20s or early 30s. If you are noticing wrinkles or other changes in your appearance that you would like to improve, you may be a good candidate for Botox.
It is often recommended to start Botox when you first start to notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as early administration can be used to prevent the severity of future signs of aging.
How is Botox administered and when do you notice the effects?
At Reno Tahoe Dermatology, Botox is administered via injections. A small needle is used to inject the Botox into the desired area with only minor discomfort. The whole process usually takes less than 30 minutes and does not require any anesthesia, although topical anesthesia is available.
Botox generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. To prevent your body from metabolizing the treatment prematurely, avoid alcohol starting at least 1 week before the procedure and avoid drinking for the first 48 hours following the procedure. Avoid exercise, taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications before treatment to help prevent bruising.
How long do the effects of Botox last?
The effects of Botox typically last for three to four months in the face. It tends to last longer when used for sweaty armpits. However, the length of time the treatment lasts can vary from person to person. Some people may need to have touch-ups more frequently, while others may find that the effects last longer. Remember, every person is different.
What are the risks and side effects of botox?
The most common side effects of Botox are temporary and include bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site. There are some instances where you may experience headaches or tenderness in areas injected.
There are risks of droopy eyelids, extremely lifted eyebrows…but it’s all in the injector putting the product in the right muscle and also the patient taking care of themselves and following post-procedure instructions.
What are the average costs?
The average cost of a Botox treatment varies. It is often based on the number of units used during your treatment. When you visit Reno Tahoe Dermatology, Dr. Billie Casse will be able to give you a quote after speaking with you and discussing your unique needs.
Ready to get started?
Reno Tahoe Dermatology is rated as one of the best Botox providers in Reno, NV! If you have any further questions about Botox or would like to learn more about what it can do for you, please call our office today: (775) 245-2426! Dr. Billie Casse, Board Certified Dermatologist, and the friendly staff at Reno Tahoe Dermatology are happy to answer any of your questions and help you find the best treatment option for your needs.