What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used to treat wrinkles associated with facial expressions. Common areas of treatment with Botox include the horizontal wrinkles you see on your forehead when you raise your eyebrows, the vertical wrinkles you see between your eyebrows when you frown or scowl, and the crow’s feet you see around your eyes when you smile or squint. Botox works by relaxing the muscles and smoothening out the overlying wrinkles. You’ll see your results from a Botox treatment within two weeks and you’ll enjoy your results from a Botox treatment for three to four months.
How is Botox administered?
What are the risks of an injection with Botox?
With any injection (including Botox) there are risks such as pain, bleeding, bruising, infection, redness, swelling, and tenderness. Dr. Alex takes special precautions to minimize these risks. One of them is the use of a tiny needle. Needle sizes are measure in gauge and the higher the number, the smaller the size. The most common size needle used for Botox treatments is 30 gauge. This is very small, the diameter is 0.31 mm. Now an even smaller size needle is available which adapts to the syringes: 32 gauge (remember the higher the number, the smaller the needle). This is 40% smaller than the 30 gauge needle. This means that there is a significantly lower risk for pain, bleeding, bruising, infection, redness, swelling, and tenderness with a Botox treatment. Overall this provides an even more comfortable Botox experience for our patients.