WHAT IS BOTOX?
There are 3 different kinds of Botox, Hawaii, and they are equally effective. Botox®, Dysport®,and Xeomin® are made by different companies but they work by exactly the same way. The cost of each brand is the same and the results are equal. The best analogy would be a person is looking for ibuprofen in a pharmacy. One person might buy Motrin, Advil or Nuprin. At the end of the day – they are all taking ibuprofen. I have no preference in using Dysport®, Xeomin® or Botox® and am equally skilled in using all of them. In my experience, the results all look the same.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox®, Hawaii, relaxes the muscle by blocking nerve impulses. Think of a computer that is connected to the Internet. Botox basically turns off your internet signal so that you cannot surf the internet. The hardware still works and everything is intact. Just no signal.
HOW SAFE IS THE TREATMENT?
In regards to safety – one must differentiate cosmetic Botox from medical Botox. Botox has been used in hospitals since 1989 for eye disorders, muscle spasms, migraine headaches and hyperhydrosis (sweaty palms). These patients receive hundreds of units of Botox for these conditions. In contrast – cosmetic Botox has only been used since 2002 and patients only receive 50 units or less. As a result – cosmetic Botox is among the safest procedures in medicine without any risk of permanent problems.
HOW LONG IS THE PROCEEDURE?
10-15 minutes. No downtime. People often come during their lunch break and go back to work.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX LAST?
Note – Botox® works on average for 3-4 months for most people. However, we have noticed that as people use Botox regularly, the interval for treatments is getting longer and longer. This is because the muscles are getting weaker and therefore not metabolizing the Botox as quickly.
DOES IT HURT?
No anesthetic required! Similar to a TB skin test or a bug bite.