Frequently Asked Questions
Botox Cosmetic is a clear liquid medicine that is injected with an ultra-fine needle into the treatment area. It uses Onabotulinum toxin A to temporarily paralyze muscles, preventing nerve signals in the facial muscles from contracting. This causes fine lines and wrinkles to relax and soften.
Once the facial muscles are at rest, the skin becomes smoother and creates a more natural, relaxed appearance. Botox has been used as a safe and effective alternative to plastic surgery for over 20 years.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 4.4 million Botox treatments were performed in the US in 2020. More people are choosing Botox and other injectable cosmetics than ever before.
Botox gives an “airbrush”-like effect to the wrinkles and facial lines that develop around your eyebrows, forehead, eyes, and mouth.
It is ideal for reducing the appearance of:
- Forehead wrinkles & lines
- Vertical frown lines between the brows (“elevens” or glabella)
- Lateral orbit lines or “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes
- “Bunny lines” beside the nose
- Perioral lines or “smoker’s lines” near the lips
- Smile lines around the mouth
- Diminishing vertical platysma bands of the neck
- Sagging jowls below the jawline
- Facial asymmetry
- Drooping eyelids
- Sagging or misshapen eyebrows
- Dimpled chins
- “Gummy” smiles
- “Marionette lines” around the mouth and chin
Botox is also useful for:
- Preventing wrinkles from deepening over time
- Lifting the corners of the mouth
- Reducing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Treating migraine headaches
- Treating excessive jaw clenching (TMJ)
Botox injections are not literally instant. After the Botox is injected, it typically takes seven to fourteen (7-14) days to fully block the nerves that cause muscles to contract. Most patients should start to see a slight difference in the treated area’s appearance in the first week.
Following your first Botox treatment, you may notice a tightness or a “heavy” feeling in the treatment area. Since Botox temporarily paralyzes muscles in the treatment area, you may also notice a difference in your range of facial expressions.
Botox injections are quick and minimally invasive – your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant will use an ultra-fine needle to inject the Botox directly into the muscles that need to be relaxed. Discomfort at the injection site should be minimal, though you may feel a slight stinging sensation immediately after treatment. A small bump may also appear at the injection site, but that will quickly fade.
After five minutes, your face or other treatment area will look nearly identical to how it looked before, with the possible exception of some redness if you have sensitive skin. Typically, you can expect to return back to work or normal activity immediately post-treatment. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), most patients rate any pain or discomfort as a 1-2.
Masseter Botox is a common name for the medical procedure in which Botox is injected into the masseter muscle, a large, rectangular facial muscle that connects your lower jaw to your cheek bone and is the major muscle used in chewing. This treatment is also referred to as “teeth-grinding injections” or “jaw Botox.”
Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle helps to relax and reduce excess tension in the muscle by blocking the nearby nerve cells. It is a highly effective treatment for patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaw excessively, or have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder.
Masseter Botox is also a popular non-surgical treatment to help reduce the width and shape of a square jawline — in this case it is often known as jawline slimming or facial slimming.
Botox treatment results typically last about 3-6 months.
How often Botox treatments are needed to accomplish the desired results will be different for everyone. Individual bodies metabolize the botulism toxin type A at different rates. Your existing muscle mass, age and desired outcome will also factor into determining the ideal treatment protocol.
To achieve optimal results, most patients will need Botox injections at regular intervals every 3-6 months.
It is very common to feel a slight “heaviness” or pressure in the treated area immediately following a Botox injection. Some patients may experience temporary side effects, such as a mild headache, on the treatment day and possibly the day after. Temporary redness and bruising may also occur at the injection sites.
Many people experience no side effects at all and find they are able to return to work or other daily activities immediately post-treatment.
A single Botox unit is a very small amount of the liquid medicine that is injected into the treatment area. Botox dosage is measured in numbers of units and generally comes in 100 unit vials. For example, patients typically require 10-25 units for the vertical Glabellar lines, or the “elevens” that form over time between the eyes.
With time, aging will deepen the lines and wrinkles on your face. Neuromodulators like Botox can be (and often are) used as a preventative measure to keep excess facial wrinkles from forming in the first place. These days we are seeing more younger adults start Botox treatments in their mid 20s and early 30s to get a larger head start on the results they want.
Eighteen (18) is the minimum age to receive a Botox treatment at Lyla Beauty Bar.
Botox and Dysport are both cosmetic neuromodulators with similar uses, benefits, and typical results. Their formulations are different, so one treatment might be more effective for some areas than the other, and vice versa.
Individual bodies metabolize and respond differently to various treatments. Thus, some patients who haven’t experienced the desired results with Botox may report that Dysport works well for them. Our experienced cosmetic injection specialists will help you decide with treatment is right for you.
A “lip flip” is a non-surgical treatment in which a small dose of Botox is injected into the muscles above the upper lip. This makes the upper lip curl (or flip) upward and creates the appearance of fuller lips. It typically takes about a week to see results.
A single lip flip typically lasts about 4-6 weeks. These results are likely to wear off more quickly than treatments in other areas of the face because lips are so often used for talking, making expressions, eating, etc.
Want to reduce your wrinkles, but worried about looking “overdone” or “fake?” Don’t worry! At Lyla Beauty Bar, our approach to all medical aesthetic treatments is to address each of your concerns and determine the best treatment for you to get the best, most natural-looking results. Everyone will notice, but no one will know your secret!