Botox Northern Virginia
There’s no denying that Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S. and appeals to women, men, older patients, and millennials. However, despite earning worldwide notoriety and a trusted-reputation over the past two decades, there is still a great deal of misinformation about Botox.
If you are considering a neurotoxin treatment or would simply like to learn more about it, here’s everything you need to know about Botox Northern Virginia.
What Is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that’s derived from Clostridium botulinum and works to relax muscles and glands. While it’s best known as an anti-aging injectable, it also has a number of medical indications including hyperhidrosis, chronic migraines, overactive bladder, strabismus, and muscle spasms.
It’s also worth noting that Botox is not the only neuromodulator available. Other products, with similar efficacy and safety, to consider include Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is injected into targeted facial muscles with a very fine needle. It then binds to muscle receptors and blocks nerve signals that trigger contraction.
As a result, the treated muscle is temporarily unable to contract and wrinkle the skin above. Corresponding lines and creases relax until muscle receptors regenerate in three-to-four months.
Where Can Botox Be Used?
Off-label, the neurotoxin can treat a gummy smile (see video below), platysmal bands in the neck, downturned corners of the mouth, and droopy brows.
In a medical capacity, it is also able to deactivate sweat glands and alleviate hyperhidrosis and reduce chronic migraines.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Botox?
Most healthy adults are good candidates. The treatment is ideal for combating fine wrinkles and maintaining a youthful appearance, rather than dramatically altering it.
Botox is also well-suited to patients that want to counteract signs of aging, without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
More recently, younger patients have been turning to it for wrinkle prevention as well.
Does Botox Make You Look Frozen?
When injected by a qualified and experienced provider, like Dr. Rostami or Dr. Naz, Botox subtly refreshes your appearance and produces natural-looking results.
In fact, if the injections are done well, it should be undetectable. Accordingly, friends, family members, and colleagues may comment that you look well-rested, but they will not be able to tell that you’ve had treatment.
Will Botox Erase All Wrinkles?
This neurotoxin is designed to relax and soften dynamic wrinkles, also referred to as expression lines. With that being said, it may not eliminate all lines and creases, especially those that are static or deep.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox was first approved for cosmetic use in 2002 and has an excellent safety profile when performed by a trained and experienced injector. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and may include swelling, redness, tenderness, and headache.
When Should You Get Botox?
There is no right age to begin treatment. It is a personal decision based on an individual’s goals, facial expressions, muscle strength, and aesthetic preference.
Many women and men consider a neurotoxin treatment when they observe wrinkles deepening or persisting when the face is at rest.
What Happens During Treatment?
Prior to undergoing treatment, you will have a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Rostami or Dr. Naz. Based on your concerns, goals, facial anatomy, and unique characteristics, they will customize a plan for you.
On the day of your treatment, skin will be cleansed and ice or a topical anesthetic may be applied for numbing.
Next, Dr. Rostami or Dr. Naz will precisely administer Botox as series of small injections. The process typically takes 15-20 minutes, and patients are free to resume normal activities right after.
Do the Injections Hurt?
Injections are well-tolerated by most patients, who remark that it is extremely quick and painless. You may feel a slight pricking sensation, but not much else, during the injections.
Is There Anything that Patients Should Avoid After Treatment?
Immediately after treatment, patients should avoid rubbing their face and wait at least 40 minutes before any activity to limit bruising.
Otherwise, this is a zero-downtime procedure.
When Does Botox Start Working?
It typically takes effect within four-to-seven days, and patients will note softening of wrinkles and smoothing of skin.
How Long Do Results Last?
There are a number of factors that can influence longevity, including dose, dilution, product placement, frequency of injections, muscle strength, patient metabolism, and injector technique.
With that being said, results tend to last three-to-four months.
Can You Build an Immunity to Botox?
In actuality, most patients find that their results improve overtime. That’s because regular injections weaken the muscles and allow individuals to go longer between treatments.
What Happens if You Are Unhappy With Your Results?
The best way to avoid undesirable results is to select a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with extensive expertise and experience. Doing so, ensures that the injector will tailor dosing and product placement and utilize advanced techniques.
You should also avoid online deals and be wary of prices that seem too good to be true.
Nevertheless, in the event of overcorrection, time and patience are recommended. If you are unhappy with your results due to undercorrection, you can either return to your original provider for additional injections or seek another injector to rectify the problem.
Get Started Today
If you are considering Botox Northern Virginia, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rostami or Dr. Naz.