HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
WHAT IS A BOTOX "LIP FLIP"?
A lip flip is when small amounts of neurotoxin (4-8 units) are injected above the upper lip. The muscle that is injected is called the orbicularis oris - this is a circular muscle that is responsible for contracting the lip muscles inwards, like when sipping on a straw. When the orbicularis oris muscle is relaxed, the upper lip is not being pulled inwards and downwards as much, and the opposite effect happens where the upper lip can "flip" outwards and upwards. This increases the surface area of your upper lip and subtly improves lip volume. This is a great option for those who are hesitant to try lip filler or are looking for a more subtle and natural looking alternative to lip filler.
HOW DOES MASSETER (JAW) BOTOX WORK?
This is when neurotoxin is injected into the masseter (jaw) muscle to help with teeth grinding, jaw tension, TMJ, and facial slimming. It requires around 10-15 units on each side (20-30 units total). As a large muscle, and with more units injected, the results often last longer (6-9 months). This is a great option for those who grind their teeth at night, who also want subtle facial slimming effects.
CAN BOTOX HELP WITH HEADACHES/MIGRAINES?
Yes! This is a great clinical application of neurotoxin. Oftentimes, people hold a lot of tension in their face, especially while concentrating or staring at screens. This tension can cause frontal headaches and can trigger migraines. By injecting Botox, those facial muscles are relaxed and can help decrease facial tension, headaches, and migraines.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX LAST?
The treatment takes about 15 minutes to inject. The Botox will start to have an effect after 3-5 days, but will take about 2 weeks to fully set in. Botox peaks at 30 days, which is when it will be at its strongest effect. The treatment can last up to 3-6 months. However, the length depends on multiple factors, including things like how fast your body metabolizes the botox, how often you exercise, how many units you received, and how often you get botox.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BOTOX
IS BOTOX ADDICTING?
NO. After the botox wears off, the muscles and wrinkles will return to their previous state (NOTE: the wrinkles will be the same OR improved from before the botox injection, they will NOT be made worse by the botox wearing off). If you are able to keep up with your botox routine at regular intervals, it will continue to smooth and prevent wrinkles (NOTE: there are NO addictive properties to botox, and you may stop at any time). Botox only works in the muscles where it is injected, and cannot spread to distant parts of the body.
CAN BOTOX LOOK NATURAL?
YES! This is your body and your treatment - we want you to be comfortable with whatever treatment you choose. "Baby Botox" is a common treatment where less botox is injected to allow for more movement while still decreasing and preventing wrinkles. It may not last as long, but it will allow for more natural movement.
DOES BOTOX HURT?
The level of pain depends on the person. Botox uses a very small needle and goes into the skin superficially. It feels like a small pinprick, and some areas can be more sensitive than others. Small amounts of bleeding can occur, which are wiped away with gauze during the treatment. It can be described as being less painful than getting your eyebrows or lip waxed.