Botox Frequently Asked Questions
At Medical Aesthetics Ann Arbor we have helped women and men across Washtenaw County get rid of lines and furrows, and look younger with Botox injections. In this article we answer our patients most commonly asked questions about Botox Injections!
How Long does Getting Botox® Take?
The actual process of injecting the Botox usually takes less than a half hour! However, allow extra time so that Dr. Platt can assess your skin, discuss your specific treatment goals, and determine the best injection sites for you.
How Many Botox “Shots” Will I Need?
The number of Botox shots Dr. Platt administers will depend upon the area(s) being treated as well as the extent and depth of the lines.
To treat “crow’s feet” with Botox, a typical treatment may involve injections into 3 areas of the “orbicularis oculi” muscle that frames the side of each eye.
For “elevens” (frown lines) between the eyes, the doctor may need to administer 3 to 7 injections. Forehead lines may require 8 to 10 or more injections.
Do Botox® Injections Hurt?
Botox is injected with a fine gauge needle, so patients might feel a slight sting or “pinch” – but it is not painful. The needle used to inject Botox is actually much tinier than those you are used to when you get a vaccination or flu shot!
We can use ice to numb the injection area, as well as apply a topical numbing cream before giving you the injections. Our patients’ comfort during any treatment in our Ann Arbor Med Spa is always our top priority!
Is there a Recovery Time after Botox Injections?
Patients can general resume their daily activities without interruption after getting Botox. In fact, many patients at our Ann Arbor Med Spa even get Botox on their lunch hour – and then go back to work for the rest of the day!
There are some simple guidelines you should follow after Botox treatment:
1. Do not lie down for at least 4 hours;
2. No vigorous exercise for 24 hours; and,
3. Do not rub the area for 24 hours.
How Long until I See My Botox Results?
Every patient reacts to Botox slightly differently. But most patients will typically begin to notice substantial improvement in lines and wrinkles within 3 to 5 days after their Botox injections.
Patients with stronger facial muscles (including men) may take somewhat longer to see the full Botox treatment’s effects. It can take up to 14 days for full results to become completely apparent.
This slight delay results from the time it takes for the body to start reacting to the muscle-paralyzing properties of the botulinum.
Individuals with deeply etched wrinkles, and older persons being injected for the first time, may take longer or require repeated treatments. However, a dermal filler can be used to plump out the deep lines in the skin in the meantime, until the Botox takes full effect.
Can Men Get Botox?
Yes! In 2016 almost half a million men had some type of cosmetic Botox treatment ― in fact, about 10% of Botox users are men. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported in a recent study that between the years of 2000 and 2015 the number of men who received injections increased by more than three hundred percent.
Most men, however, prefer to get their Botox injections in a discreet and private medical facility. At Medical Aesthetics Ann Arbor, all of our patients are treated with complete privacy, confidentiality, and discretion.
Ann Arbor’s Best Botox
If you are bothered by “elevens”, crow’s feet, or lines between, around or above your eyes, schedule a consultation to learn how Botox can help you look more youthful and refreshed. Then relax in our Ann Arbor Med Spa, and let us help you look and feel younger!