I was running late and had to go out of town the next day. The wonderful staff still got me in for an appointment, and answered some consulting questions on top of it. I always have an amazing experience here, and Dr. Janowski always makes me feel natural and never "over done." Would never go anywhere else at this point!

A. - 9/13/16

Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Botox or Dysport*

Serving Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Arvada, and surrounding areas

botox-vial-san-diegoAs Botox injections grow in popularity, and more and more clinicians enter the field to provide these services, it is important to take a careful look at who is providing the services before buying Botox. In most states, only an MD can inject Botox, however, in Colorado, both nurses and Physician’s Assistants can also legally inject Botox, as long as they are directly supervised by a Physician. While some medi-spas have aestheticians doing the injections, this is not totally legal nor advisable. (See Rule 800, Colorado Board of Medical Examiners) To become more informed before buying Botox, read the rest of our Botox guide below.

Wondering how long Botox can last? Read this blog to find out

Botox is a neurotoxin, which means it uses a small dose of bottulinum toxin, to temporarily paralyze the muscles in the area injected. Approved by the FDA for the first time in 2002, Botox’s primary use is to smooth out wrinkles in the upper face, it can also be used to calm the muscles that cause headaches, excessive sweating, or teeth grinding.

All Botox is manufactured and distributed by Allergan, Inc. While there are other competitors in the neurotoxin marketplace, such as Dysport and Xeomin, Botox is considered the gold standard in terms of effectiveness and quality.

Make sure your provider is listed as a buyer on Allergan’s website to ensure that your Botox is American made and distributed by Allergan USA. Only MD’s can purchase Botox. Botox comes packaged in a powder form, and must be refrigerated. A doctor then reconstitutes the Botox by adding saline, creating a suspension that can then be injected. Botox can be prepared in different concentrations, but a skilled physician will inject the appropriate amount of units regardless of the concentration.

Botox typically lasts about 3 months from the time it was injected. If you received Botox in an area that moves a lot your Botox may wear off more quickly. As the Botox wears off, you will notice that you are able to make the expressions that cause the wrinkles more and more easily. Botox injections are most effective when received every 3 months, and regular use can not only reverse the signs of aging, but actually prevent wrinkles from appearing. Ideally, you don’t want to prevent any and all expression, but rather to soften lines,  achieving a natural but youthful look.

It is very common on your first Botox treatment to come back in to your provider for a touch up, as you learn which muscles in your face are the strongest and most resistant.

Botox has very few side-effects, and most people receive the injections and go right back to their daily tasks. You may experience some very minor bruising in the injection site – though Botox is injected with a very small needle and the vast majority of people have no bruising. Immediately following the injections, you may have some red bumps as the product settles in – these should resolve in about 30 minutes. We offer our clients ice and topical Arnica cream immediately following the procedure which should help quickly resolve any redness or minor swelling.

Some people may experience was is called “distal spread” of Botox, meaning the Botox spreads from the injection site and can affect unintended areas. This is extremely rare, and while it can be annoying, it does resolve as the Botox disapates over the course of three months.

Many people ask if getting Botox hurts – and while it may be very slightly uncomfortable while you are getting an injection, the needle used is very tiny, and the injections are quick. Most people describe it as a momentary sting.

Botox takes between 3-7 days to take effect, so you won’t see anything immediately following treatment. However, within a week following the treatment, you will notice a lessened ability to make the expressions that cause the wrinkles of concern. Most people report feeling fresher, younger-looking, and extremely pleased with their results.*

At Sonata, our commitment is to providing you with the highest quality services and patient care. Dr. Janowski meets with each patient and performs all procedures. He has been providing aesthetics services since 2004 – and has worked with thousands of patients to help them achieve their best results. In aesthetics, as in life, experience matters, and you want to make sure you are working with a provider who understands both medicine and aesthetics.

*Results may vary from patient to patient