Botox FAQ Redlands

What is Botox?

Botox (botulinum toxin) is a neurotoxin which affects the nervous system. It blocks the release of acetylcholine which signals muscles to contract. This weakens or paralyzes the muscle temporarily. Purified botulinum toxin for medical use (Botox) is used in tiny amounts that do not affect the entire body but act locally where it is injected.

How does Botox reduce the appearance of my wrinkles?

Using the muscles of facial expression repeatedly over many years can leave deep wrinkles in the overlying skin. These wrinkles can give others the impression that one is angry or stressed out when one may feel the complete opposite. Injecting Botox into these muscles of facial expression relaxes them and allows the overlying skin to lie flat reducing the appearance of the wrinkles.

Who is a candidate for Botox injections?

Anyone who would like to reduce the appearance of frown/worry lines or crow’s feet with a minimally invasive procedure.

Which patients may not be candidates for Botox treatment?

Pregnant or breast-feeding women, patients who are allergic to albumin, and patients with neuromuscular diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or myasthenia gravis.

Are there alternatives to having Botox injections?

No treatment, surgical brow lift, collagen or other fillers, chemical peel, laser resurfacing works like Botox.

Does Botox work for all kinds of wrinkles?

No. Some wrinkles are created by years of sun exposure or from smoking, both of which prematurely age the skin. These are called static wrinkles and are not produced by underlying muscle contraction and do not respond to Botox. Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, are produced by the repeated action of contracting facial muscles on the overlying skin. Dynamic wrinkles are reduced by Botox injections.

Can Botox prevent wrinkles from forming?

Yes. This is a great use for Botox. Treating areas commonly affected with dynamic wrinkles like the forehead and around the eyes before the wrinkles appear can significantly prevent their formation. Botox may also have the effect of training your muscles not to frown or scowl.
How often will I need Botox injections to maintain the effect?

Most patients get about 3 to 5 months of effect from a treatment. However, some patients require more Botox than others. It is better to go slowly than to go straight to a higher dose and possibly develop an unnatural appearance.

Is it true that I will need less and less Botox over time?

We are not sure why, but some patients indeed require less frequent Botox treatments over time. This is probably due to weakening of the muscle or from learning not to use those muscles.

What are the treatments like?

At Senza, Botox sessions are quick and gentle. No anesthetic or sedation is necessary. Patients may resume their regular activities right after their treatment.

How long until the effect of my Botox treatment are apparent?

It typically takes about 3 to 7 days for the effects to appear.

Are there some people that do not respond to Botox?

Yes. There are a small number of people who do not respond or form antibodies to the Botox and stop responding after a few treatments. There is no way to identify non-responders before treatment.

Can I combine Botox with other facial rejuvenation treatments?

Absolutely. Botox can enhance other treatments and prolong the effects of chemical peels, laser facial rejuvenation or surgical facial enhancements. At Senza, we advocate the use of several minimally invasive treatments which act synergistically to achieve natural, healthy appearing facial skin.