Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions


How does Botox work?

Botox targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. We will inject these muscles with Botox to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your lines and winkles.

Will it hurt? 

Some patients report that being injected with Botox feels like a pinch as the needle enters the skin, although the injection itself does not hurt or burn in the way you may be used to when receiving vaccinations or medications. We may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, we may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment. While most treatments take from 2-10 separate injections, we do not use the same needle more than twice, as the very fine needles we use can get noticeably blunt if used more than that. We do everything we can to minimize any discomfort for our valued clients!

How long does it take?

We allow plenty of time to discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. We may make suggestions based on our experience, but ultimately it is your face and your goals that matter! The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes. After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and we will give you specific aftercare instructions.

How often do I need treatment?

This depends on the prescription you are receiving. Botox is about 3-4 months, Juvederm and Restylane are approximately 6-9 months.  The new Allergan product Volumma can last up to 2 years, making it a great value for clients who are experienced with fillers!

What are the potential side effects?

Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Fillers can cause edema (swelling), particularly for lip injections, but this generally lasts only a day or so. This is quite variable from client to client, although most of our clients report minimal or no edema. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of Botox. Please see the Important Safety Information including Boxed Warning.

Who are medical injectables for?

Anyone over the age of 18 seeking to enhance their natural beauty. 

Who can't have Botox or dermal fillers?

Anyone who has had a prior allergy to any of the ingredients in Botox or had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

If you have any muscle or nerve conditions these need to be discussed on a case by case basis. We will also need to review any plans to have surgery; if you had surgery on your face; any weakness of forehead muscles: trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change.

If I'm pregnant can I use Botox or dermal fillers?

No. None of the injectables are approved during pregnancy or while breast feeding. 


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