Helping you look your best as well as your safety and comfort is our priority at SpectrummedSpa in Denver, Colorado. The services offered at our 3 convenient office locations are Botox ® Cosmetic, Restylane ®, Juvederm ™,Kybella™ microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and dermaplanning. We focus on solutions and results for our patients and we welcome you in for a FREE one on one consultation with our team.
Why would someone want or need Botox
Additional Botox Information
Botox injections usually last between 3- 6 months, in some cases it has been known to sometimes last as long as 4-12 months, depending on your individual facial muscles. If we use a dermal filler in conjunction with the Botox, the filler will have its own timeline for effectiveness.
Botox is a toxin called botulism that is injected into muscles. It works by relaxing the muscle by blocking transmission of the nerve signal to the muscles. Normally, when the pull of the muscles relaxes, the overlying skin flattens. Sometimes we relax the underlying muscle and the wrinkle, crease, fold or line is still visible. In that case, we use Botox to relax the muscle, and we use a dermal filler to fill in the crease.
Botox is injected into the facial muscle underlying the problem area. The Botox injectate is prepared fresh on the day of the injection. With a very tiny needle, small amounts of Botox are injected into the muscles to be paralyzed. Botox takes about a half a second to inject. The number of units needed varies depending on muscle strength and the extent of wrinkles/expression lines.
Discomfort is minimal and lasts only a few seconds. There are no recognized permanent side effects to Botox. Occasionally, the tiny needle may puncture a small blood vessel during the injection, and a small black and blue mark may develop. This can last from five to ten days and can require makeup to cover. If any Botox reaches a facial muscle not being treated, partial weakness of that muscle may last for several months.
Denver anti-aging clinics such as SpectrummedSpa have used Botox to successfully treat a variety of conditions and symptoms. Botox is named after the toxin that is produced by Clostridium botulinum used to make the substance. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. This means that the injected muscle cannot contract, leading wrinkles to relax and soften. This non-surgical facial filler treatment is
Where Is It Used?
Botox is most often used on crow’s feet, frown lines, lip lines, lines around the chin and corners of the mouth as well as forehead lines. Generally, wrinkles that are caused by gravity or sun damage do not respond well to Botox. Individuals who suffer from profuse sweating or migraines also have seen benefits from Botox.
How Is It Administered?
Getting Botox generally only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any type of anesthesia. It is injected using a fine needle into specific muscles being treated. The material being used is prepared fresh on the day of the injection. It takes just half a second to inject. The number of units will vary depending on the strength of the muscle and the extent of the wrinkles/lines being treated.
Generally, Botox takes three to seven days before it takes full effective. Effects generally will take three to four months. As the muscle action returns, the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and need to be treated again.
Candidates for Botox
Any individual excluding those that are pregnant or breastfeeding or who have a neurological disease are candidates for Botox at our Denver anti-aging clinic. Also, individuals taking blood thinners or who are allergic to botulinum toxin.
Discomfort is minimal and only lasts a short period of time.
Side Effects of Botox
There are no permanent side effects to Botox. Temporary bruising is one of the most common side effects. Headaches also can occur and generally stop after 24 to 48 hours. This is extremely rare though. For those being treated around their eyes, eyelid drooping may occur, which can last for up to three weeks.
Important Instructions to Follow
Do not take aspirin or any type of NSAID one week before and 1 day after treatment. Remain upright for at least four hours after treatment. Exercise the injected muscles several times every 15 minutes for four hours after treatment. Do not perform vigorous exercise for four hours after treatment.
After two weeks, if you feel you have an incomplete response, you may to schedule a touch-up appointment. This will generally require less units than the original treatment.
Q: How safe are these injections?
A: Botox is safe when it is injected by experienced individuals.
Q: How long do results last?
A: This will vary, but generally up to three months.
Q: Is there a limit to how many injections I can have?
A: As soon as your wrinkles return, you can have it again. There’s no limit to the number of injections one can have. However, the body’s immune system can develop antibodies to the Botox molecule causing it to be ineffective in the future.
Q: Is Botox painful?
A: Botox itself isn’t pain. The only pain felt is through the use of the fine needle. Everyone’s pain threshold is different.
Q: How many treatments do you need before you see results?
A: When it is injected properly, the results should be see immediately. Generally, the finished look will take two to four days before the muscle weakening occurs. The maximum effect will occur after 10-14 days.
Q: When does Botox become ineffective at treating deep-set wrinkles and skin sagging?
A: The answer will vary on each patient. Unfortunately, the body can develop antibodies that make it ineffective at some point in time for some patients.
Q: Is anesthesia used for the Botox procedure?
A: Generally, a topical anesthetic cream is used to make the needle seem more tolerable.
Q: What happens if I stop using Botox after the first time?
A: The areas that you treated will return to their original appearance as Botox wears off.
Q: Is it safe to use Botox before or after LASIK surgery?
A: Your LASIK surgeon will give you their personal advice. The injections are safe, however the effect of Botox around the eyes can reduce the strength to blink, causing dryness.
Q: I have high blood pressure, is Botox safe for me?
A: Botox shouldn’t affect blood pressure. However, always consult your physician prior to considering Botox injections.
Q: Is it safe to use Botox injections for Lupus patients?
A: Lupus patients have some skin conditions, so it must be used cautiously where the skin is not normal.
Q: I have heavyset brows and they are drooping down after an eye lift, can Botox be used for a “mini lift?”
A: When injected in the correct areas, Botox can raise the eyebrow to a certain degree.
Q: Can you use Botox to increase your lips?
A: No, Botox is not a filler.
Q: What is the difference between Botox and fillers?
A: Botox weakens muscles that cause wrinkles in the skin. Dermal fillers are injected directly into wrinkles to plump skin and to smooth the surface. Botox lasts up to three months and fillers last up to a year.
Q: What would you recommend instead of Botox for deep lines in between my eyebrows?
A: Dermal fillers can be injected here to alleviate the lines.
Q: Will I look frozen after having a Botox injection? I’m scared I won’t be able to move my face.
A: It depends on where and how much Botox is injected. Your desired Botox effects should be discussed prior to injections occur.
Q: Is Botox toxic? Will it affect my health?
A: All treatments can produce toxic effects. When it is used appropriately, Botox shouldn’t have this type of effect on your health.
Q: Which supplements interact with Botox?
A: The one supplement that interacts favorably with Botox is Zinc. Many medical professionals believe that it helps assist the Botox in binding to the nerve receptors.
At Sculpted MD, we offer Botox treatments for a variety of reasons. For more information, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Botox in Denver
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is a laboratory refined, natural purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Botox® Cosmetic is the FDA approved toxin derived from the bacteria – not the bacteria itself.
How does Botox® Cosmetic Work?
Very small amounts of Botox® are injected into the muscles that cause wrinkles on your face. Botox® works by refusing the release of acetylcholine and blocks nerve impulses from signaling the muscle to relax it. Because of this process wrinkles in the overlying skin become less noticeable.
How will I look post treatment?
Most patients notice a marked improvement in just a few days, however, complete effects can take up to two weeks to be fully realized. You will appear more rested and refreshed, yet still be able to smile and laugh.
How long does Botox® Cosmetic Last?
Typical results can last up to 3 – 4 months. Results vary based on the strength of the individuals underlying muscle tissue. Your lines will return to the pre-treatment appearance as the Botox® Cosmetic wears off.