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Today, more and more people are turning to Botox to look and feel their best. Here is a Beauty & Aesthetics by Total Health Botox guide to answer all your questions about this popular procedure.

What is Botox?

Botox, an effective, FDA-approved injection therapy that can safely and effectively slow down the outward signs of aging that typically manifest across the forehead, between the eyebrows, at the sides of the eyes (“crow’s feet”) and surrounding the mouth.

How does Botox work?

OnobotulinumtoxinA is a toxin used in Botox injections. This toxin temporarily prevents the muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles.

How long does Botox last?

Botox lasts about 3-4 months.

Where does Botox go once it wears off?

Over time your body will safely metabolize the Botox throughout, and you will see it start to disappear. This process begins 3-4 months after your Botox is injected, which is why we recommend scheduling your next appointment 3 months after being injected.

Will I able to make facial expressions/will my face look frozen?

This depends on the number of units and how often you get Botox. If you would like to maintain a more natural look, we suggest you receive Botox every 3-4 months with the number of units suggested by your provider.

Can you use Botox for preventative reasons?

Yes! Botox is great for preventative aging. Many women start getting Botox in their 20s and 30s before wrinkles start to appear to avoid seeing any in the future.

What is a Botox lip flip?

A lip flip is when Botox is injected into your cupid’s bow instead of a dermal filler. It gives the top of the lip a subtle flip for a fuller look. This technique only last about 10 to 20 minutes!

What are the side effects of Botox?

Common side effects of Botox are mild pain, swelling or bruising at the injection sites, which usually do not last longer than 24 hours.

Does Botox hurt?

Most people report minimal pain from the injections because Botox needles are typically very small. Many numb the area before injections are given, so you may not feel much pain, if any.

What is the age range for Botox?

Botox is for people over the age of 18, but it is more common for people to start injections for preventative aging in their 20s/30s, and continue treatment through their 40s, 50s, and so on!