Botox FAQs

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 11, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

What areas can Botox be used to treat?

Botox is most commonly used to combat frown lines, forehead creases, asymmetrical smiles, and the lower face.


How does Botox work?

Botox blocks the nerve endings between muscles so that the muscles of the injected area are relaxed. Overactive muscle movement can create wrinkles or creases on the face, so blocking this movement relaxes the skin and prevents further creasing.


How do I know who is a good provider of Botox?

The most qualified Botox providers will be a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Although Botox is very common, it is important to see an experienced physician to ensure the best possible results and least complications.


How long will it take to recover from Botox?

Patients are able to resume normal activity immediately after Botox, however, they should avoid physical activity for a few hours after the procedure.


Can I get a facial after Botox?

Patients should wait for a facial or massage up to 2 days after receiving Botox.


Are the results immediate?

No, most people usually see results after 5 days of having Botox and continue to improve over the next month.


Are there any risks involved with Botox?

Although some patients experience redness or bruising after Botox, there is a risk of asymmetry, so it is important to see an experienced provider to ensure the best possible results.


Is there anyway to revise Botox?

Although more Botox can be added, it is best to wait 3 to 4 months until the Botox disappears until more is added.


Is any local anesthesia used during a Botox procedure?

No anesthesia is needed during Botox and no pain is felt.


How long does it take to get Botox?

The procedure is only 10-15 minutes long.


Can I combine Botox with dermal fillers?

Yes, Botox can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm.


What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox blocks the movement of the muscles to soften creases and prevent further creasing. Dermal fillers are used to fill in wrinkles and creases for a smoother appearance, and it has no effect on the facial muscles.


Will I not be able to move my face or make facial expressions after Botox?

Patients will be able to move their face and have normal facial expressions after Botox. It’s important to see an experienced provider to ensure that the proper amount is injected to allow range of facial movement.


My forehead muscles always feel tense, can Botox help that?

Yes, Botox injections in the forehead can relieve a tense feeling in the forehead by relaxing the muscles.