We asked our PA, Christina Ponzio, about everything you need to know before getting Botox.
What is the cost of Botox?
Botox is used for the correction of dynamic lines and wrinkles- lines caused by movement of the facial muscles. It works by relaxing these muscles, leading to less movement and, in turn, less pronounced wrinkles. Less is always more, and every set of injections changes with each patient. This ensures safety, personalization, and efficacy without completely sacrificing facial movements. Most patients want a subtle, natural correction, and using this method avoids a “frozen” face. The cost of Botox at our practice is $16 dollars a unit.
How long does it take to see results of my Botox treatment?
It typically takes about 3-7 days to see results with max results about 14 days after your treatment.
Are there different options besides Botox?
Besides Botox, there is another treatment available at our practice called Dysport. Botox and Dysport are both neurotoxins (forms of botulinum toxin type A) that have been approved by the FDA for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. While both products are used for the same indications and are chemically similar, there are a few key differences between the two.
Botox and Dysport are dosed differently. For example 50 units of Botox does not equal 50 units of Dysport.
Because Dysport is a smaller molecule as compared to Botox, Dysport tends to diffuse more than Botox. This is beneficial when addressing larger treatment areas but is not ideal for areas where precision is needed or areas with thicker muscles.
Compared to Botox, Dysport has a quicker “onset” of action- often times patients notice improvement in as early as 24 hours.
How long will Botox last?
Botox will typically last for about 3-4 months.
What should I do before my Botox treatment?
One week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Ibuprofen), Vitamin E or fish oil supplements as they may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Bruising is possible and therefore, you should schedule any social plans accordingly for 7-10 days following your treatment.
What are the after-care instructions for Botox?
It is generally recommended to not have any type of facial massage for 24 hours following your injection. Although controversial, it is also generally recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for 24h. You may resume your skin care regimen the same day as your treatment.
Does Botox hurt?
Botox does hurt but the needles used for Botox injections are very thin so the pain is minimal!
Is Botox safe?
Botox is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in dermatology offices. While there are some risks, it is generally a very safe procedure, and patients love the results. Headaches are common after getting Botox, especially if it is your first time. If this occurs, it is recommended to take Tylenol. Other potential side effects include: Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site and a droopy eyelid or “cockeyed” eyebrows.
Book a consult or appointment with Anna, our cosmetic coordinator, today at Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology by calling 267-519-0154 ext 3!