Frequently Asked Questions
1Do you have an initial consultation with patients first? If so, what is usually discussed?
Yes, I always take the time to meet with the patient and ask them what their concerns are and what their budget is. I have them hold a mirror and animate and show me what bothers them most. At that time I make a recommendation on what I think would work best and how much it will cost before I do any injections.
2What are some common aesthetic issues that Botox can fix?
Botox is most commonly used for the forehead, glabella (between the brows) and crows feet. It can also be used to "pop" the upper lip, soften platysmal bands (located on your neck) and the masseter muscle which will help with individuals who clench their teeth and experience jaw pain. Botox can also be used in the palms of the hands and on underarms to relieve excessive sweating.
3Should patients do/not do anything before or after the procedure?
Patients should avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to injections and avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil, NSAIDS for two weeks prior to avoid bruising and swelling. After injections patients should not wear hats, lie down, or exercise for 6 hours. Do not get any facial treatments including laser, microdermabrasion, or massage for 10 days. Patients should animate the face immediately following treatment and for about an hour after being injected.
4How long does a typical procedure last?
The procedure itself takes just 5 minutes. Typically a half hour is put aside for each patient to allow time for consultation and post-care instructions.
5Any other information you think users should know?
Botox is not immediate and can take up to 2 weeks to take effect. Botox lasts on average 3-4 months but does vary per person.