Botox Injections Frequently Asked Questions

Botox Injections Frequently Asked Questions

Botox injections are one of the most popular non-surgical, non-invasive techniques in the entire world. Millions of people have used Botox to fight wrinkles and kick aging in the gut, but you’ve probably asked yourself a lot of questions about it.

So we’ve created this Botox FAQ as a guide from our own professional experience at Laser Duet with hundreds if not thousands of Botox injections conducted for our patients here in the Dearborn & Detroit Metro area.

Botox – What Is It?

Botox injections are a widely used cosmetic treatment that reduces lines and minimizes wrinkles on your face. Botox works by actually relaxing the muscles to do this since overactive muscles (as a result of aging) are what cause wrinkle lines in the first place. Therefore, Botox soothes your muscles and helps them rest, allowing for less “unwanted expressions” so to say.

From a scientific point of view, Botox injections are one particular brand name of Botulinum injections. Botulinum is the active ingredient in Botox that’s also used in other brands such as Xeomin and Dysport (all do the same thing but are given different names).

Botox Injections – Is It Right For Me?

If you’re specifically looking to minimize your wrinkles and aging lines, whether it’s looking to eliminate existing ones or prevent any new ones from popping up, Botox can definitely help since it’s designed to do exactly that. Botox injections can be used for treating:

  • Wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Marionette lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Reducing lines & aging signs in other areas such as lips, lower face, & neck

How Much Do Botox Injections Cost?

The total cost would vary on several factors such as what particular area you’re treating and how many units of Botox injection you’ll require. Clinics would either charge you per unit or per area. When it comes to area treated for instance, Botox injections for forehead lines may need 20-40 units and Botox injections to treat Crow’s feet on the other hand may need just 10 units.

The cost per unit may range anywhere from $7 to $20 per unit. The total cost may also be per area. Some clinics charge a flat rate per area no matter how much, or how little, is needed.

Make sure you’re careful though. If you see Botox really inexpensive, it may be a sign that the Botox injections are diluted with something else.

Laser Duet never ever uses any diluted substances with our Botox injections and indeed trust is a huge reason why we keep getting rave reviews all over the internet for our services.

Botox – Preparing Before Injections

Make sure you have a consultation appointment with a doctor or cosmetic health professional before you undergo any cosmetic procedures, whether Botox or otherwise. And if you’re interested in Botox specifically, make sure you know the following things from your doctor or professional when you conduct that consultation:

  • Go over all the details of the Botox procedure beforehand to ensure you understand everything
  • Review your medical history in detail
  • Understand how many Botox units will be injected and how much it will cost

Botox Injections – What to Expect During the Procedure

On the day you receive your Botox injections, the truth is that it’ll likely be like any other day! You can compare it best to visiting the family doctor to receive a shot. In all simplicity, your Botox professional will have you sit down and then will make a series of small injections into the area treated (which would be agreed on beforehand).

After that, you leave the office and resume your day in a normal way!

What Happens After Botox Injections

After you receive your injections, you’re able to leave the office and resume normal activities immediately. You may feel you have minor bruises or redness, but these would disappear after just an hour or two.

Now some doctors do recommend patients that receive Botox injections to avoid lying down for at least 4-5 hours afterwards. This is to prevent the Botox from accidentally leaking or spreading to other unintended areas of the face. It’s also common sense to avoid any strenuous activities for the rest of the day especially any movement involving bending down or straining your muscles. These recommendation are a preventative cautionary measure and are to help you be on the safe side. You should also avoid rubbing the parts of your face that got treated for at least a couple days after receiving your Botox injections.

Results from Botox

As mentioned in the first section, Botox injections will minimize the wrinkles and aging lines on your face to give you a re-invigorated and youthful look. But remember that nothing that lasts forever!

Depending on several factors like the brand, area treated, expertise of conducting the injections, and amount of Botox injected, your results will generally last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, where you’d simply get repeats of injections to restore the results.

As far as how quickly the Botox injections would show results, you’d definitely see the full effects of your Botox injections within a week or two after you’ve received your injections.

In addition, keep in mind that for deeper wrinkles, they’ll show improvement within those first couple weeks but they’ll also actually continue gradually improving over a longer period of time 😉

Botox Injections – Side Effects and Risks

If you receive your injections from an expert with experience, you shouldn’t have any side effects really. Some patients may experience some minor redness or slight bruising on the area treated directly after receiving the injections but this shouldn’t last more than a couple hours. And you can actually minimize this by putting pressure on the areas injected if there is slight bruising or swelling.

On rare occasions, some people may experience headaches right after injections. But again, these don’t happen often and even if they do, they would usually subside within 24 hours.

Now, if you receive injections from an inexperienced provider, you may undergo poor injections or worse, the incorrect dosage. If this happens, the Botox units may accidentally start spreading into other unintended areas of the face and may cause drooping eyelids, a broken or crooked smile, or things of this nature. If too much is injected, you’ll be left with a frozen ‘dear-in-headlights’ look. This is why it’s absolutely vital you go where the experience and credibility is.

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If you’re interested in Botox injections, our experience, credibility, and know-how have allowed us to help hundreds of patients look great and feel even better!

 

Difference between Botox and Fillers

Difference between Botox and Fillers

Botox & Cosmetic Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Many today get confused when talking of Botox and fillers. Especially since cosmetic clinics tend to market Botox & fillers together, the line between the two often gets blurred. So we’ve written this article to finally explain the difference. So here’s the lowdown…

Botox & Fillers – Similarities

For cosmetic purposes, Botox and facial cosmetic fillers are generally used for the same aim: to minimize signs of anti-aging. They both do this by improving facial rejuvenation and minimizing/eliminating wrinkles and other aging lines. Moreover, both Botox and fillers are injectables. Both get injected into areas of the face that are to be treated. Finally, both Botox and fillers last temporarily and the patient needs to re-use the treatment in order to keep the same results.

This is pretty much where the similarities between Botox and fillers end.

Botox & Fillers – How They Work

The main difference between Botox and cosmetic fillers lies in how they work. Although they both aim to slap aging in the gut, they do this in different ways. On the one hand, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity therefore allowing wrinkles to loosen and relax. The compound itself is a toxin derived from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum, which is poisonous in large amounts. For more details about Botox and how it works, refer to our Introductory Guide to Botox.

Meanwhile, cosmetic facial fillers work in a different manner. Instead of paralyzing muscle activity as with Botox treatment, cosmetic fillers plump up, or fill, the areas treated. This helps plump up lips and uses a volumizing effect to ‘fill’ wrinkles, creases, and folds so they won’t appear as such anymore. Learn more about how fillers work with our Introductory Guide to Cosmetic Fillers.

So, rather than ‘negate’ as with Botox (e.g. negating muscle activity), fillers ‘add’ volume. Both treatments work in a unique manner and have actually been used in combination with each other, providing a powerful 1-2 punch to anti-aging.

What to Expect From Each Procedure

Both procedures involve injections into the area(s) treated and both don’t necessarily involve any downtime so you’re able to return to physical activity next day. Both procedures may result in some slight bruising and/or swelling directly after you undergo the procedure but this shouldn’t persist more than a day or so.

With Botox, sessions shouldn’t last more than 30-45 minutes and, with fillers, sessions shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes to an hour. Botox treatments generally last anywhere from 4 to 6 months. On the other hand, the duration of fillers depends on several factors such as type of filler (e.g. Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium Hydroxylapatite, etc.) brand used, depth of injection, area treated, amount of filler, etc. Results can range anywhere from six months to a couple years or more.

Who Do Botox Treatments Suit Best?

Botox can be used on a wide variety of patients and is mainly used for rejuvenating skin and minimizing signs of aging. Botox helsp to improve the look of moderate-to-severe wrinkles, frown lines, glabellar lines (lines between the brows), crow’s feet lines (lines aroudn the sides of the eyes), among others.

Who Do Filler Treatments Suit Best?

Similarly, cosmetic dermal fillers can also be used on a wide variety of paitents and is also used for skin rejuvenation as well as minimizing lines and wrinkles. Since fillers help restore volume loss that typically begins to occur as we get into our mid-30s, other suitable candidates are those looking to add volume to the face, lips, and cheeks.

Who Should Avoid Botox & Filler Treatments?

Botox

If you have medical issues related to damaged nerves or muscles, then you should relay this information during your initial consultation. It won’t automatically disqualify you but the specialist would need to know details before making a decision on whether the treatment is right for you. In addition, Botox is not recommended for those women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although there are no studies showing any harmful effect of Botox on the baby or mother,

Fillers

There isn’t any known risk to pregnant or breastfeeding women but we would advise against treatment in these circumstances.

What Issues Can Each Treatment Help With?

Botox

When it comes to cosmetic issues, Botox helps to treat signs of aging such as minimizing wrinkles and aging lines. Botox can also help with other non-cosmetic related issues. In general, Botox can treat:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Anti aging lines
  • Severe muscle spasms (e.g. repetitive neck spasms, otherwise known as cervical dystonia)
  • ‘Gummy’ smiles (a condition where too much of the gums are exposed when smiling)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm)
  • Lazy eye

Fillers

Cosmetic fillers can help with physical aging factors such as:

  • Enhancing lip volume to plump up and thicken thin lips
  • Helping to augment sagging cheeks by optimizing shape and restoring a rejuvenated youthful look
  • Filling in hollow areas (depressions in parts of the face, especially under the eyes, that result from aging
  • Adding restorative volume and smoothing out creases resulting from aging (e.g. marionette lines around the mouth)
  • Repairing severe facial and acne scars on the face, making them appear even with the rest of your face, and less manifest
  • Increasing facial volume especially in the areas of the lower cheeks and temples, which most frequently happen from fat pads that move beneath the skin

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Botox – An Introduction

Botox – An Introduction

Botox – An Introduction

What exactly is Botox? What cosmetic and non-cosmetic purposes can Botox be used for? How long does Botox treatment last and what can you expect when receiving Botox injections? Learn all this and more with our intro guide to Botox.

Botox – What is it and how is it used?

Botox is actually the medical brand name of a toxin derived from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. Botox is poisonous in large amounts, however, scientists found a way to use Botox advantageously over the years and Botox is now used in a variety of beneficial ways.

The magic of Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity. In other words, Botox is effective in treating and paralyzing those disorders related to unnatural muscle activity.

Depending on the area treated, amount of Botox used, depth of injection, and other factors, Botox can be used in the treatment of:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Anti aging lines
  • Severe muscle spasms (e.g. repetitive neck spasms, otherwise known as cervical dystonia)
  • ‘Gummy’ smiles (a condition where too much of the gums are exposed when smiling)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm)
  • Lazy eye

Botox for Cosmetic Purposes

Doctors, health professionals, Hollywood actors, actresses, and a host of other professionals have been using Botox for many years to effectively treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and facial creases.

Fifteen years ago, in April of 2002, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for the treatment of moderate-to-severe frown lines around and between the eyebrows – otherwise known as glabellar lines. In addition, Botox is used to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging elsewhere on the face and body.

Botox – How it Works

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing human muscle activity. It does this by blocking brain signals that are carried from the nerves to the muscles. The muscle (area treated by Botox) would no longer be able to contract or expand. When it comes to cosmetic anti aging, this means facial wrinkles significantly relax and soften when treated with Botox.

For cosmetic purposes, Botox is most often used to treat the following signs of anti-aging:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet (aging lines that form around the eye)
  • Frown lines
  • Most facial wrinkles (any wrinkles resulting from sun damage and/or gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments)

Botox Procedure – What to Expect?

Receiving Botox injections requires only a few minutes and can be done in the comfort of your cosmetic professional’s clinic. No anesthesia is required and, since Botox is injected with a fine needle into acute areas of muscle, there’s little-to-no discomfort.

The results usually take about a week to fully show and it’s always best to steer clear from any alcoholic drinks during that time, which would otherwise risk negating the treatment’s effects.

Moreover, Motrin, Aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs should be discontinued two weeks before Botox treatment (in order to minimize bruising).

As with any medical procedure, you should always consult with a doctor or experienced cosmetic health professional if you’re considering Botox treatment.

Botox – How Long does Treatment Last?

Botox generally lasts anywhere from four to six months. As the effects of Botox wear off, muscle activity returns to the treated area and, therefore, wrinkles and aging lines begin to reappear. Although the lines and wrinkles may re-appear less severely than before, they still need to be retreated with Botox to maintain results.

Side Effects of Botox

The most common side effect of Botox treatments is light bruising. In addition, moderate-to-severe headaches can occur 24-48 hours after undergoing Botox treatments (although this is rare). A tiny percentage of patients that undergo Botox may also develop eyelid drooping, which usually results from a patient moving around too much or lying down during the first 3-4 hours after undergoing Botox injections..

Who Shouldn’t Receive Botox

Anyone experiencing pregnancy, breastfeeding, or any type of mental or neurological illness should not receive Botox injections. Since Botox works differently for different people, it’s important you undergo a consultation appointment with a doctor or cosmetic health professional before undergoing any sort of Botox treatment.

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What is Liposuction – An Introductory Guide

What is Liposuction – An Introductory Guide

An Intro Guide to Liposuction

Want to know about liposuction, how it works, what it can do for you, and more? Then check out this quick intro guide on liposuction!

Liposuction goes by many terms such as lipo, lipoplasty, smart lipo, and more. Basically, liposuction is a simple procedure aimed to remove excess fatty deposits from unwanted areas of the patient (love handles or large gut for example). Liposuction removes this fat through sucking this unwanted fat after the doctor initiates a small incision through the skin. Liposuction is a cosmetic technique used by doctors and patients to contour the body and make for a more attractive shape.

However, liposuction is also used to treat medical disorders such as lipodystrophy syndrome, gynecomastia (abnormally large male breasts), and benign (non-cancerous) fatty tumors.

Who is Liposuction For?

Liposuction is for those people who have unwanted areas of fatty deposits that are extremely difficult (or near impossible) to eliminate through roper diet and exercise. As mentioned above, liposuction is also for those with medical disorders related to faulty fatty deposits.

In summary though, here’s a list of those who can be prime candidates for liposuction:

  • Individuals with unwanted areas of fat
  • Individuals with those hard-to-eliminate love handles
  • Individuals with ‘Saddle Bags’
  • Those with healthy skin (meaning good ‘elastic’ skin without many stretch marks)
  • Individuals with particular fatty-related health disorders such as enlarged male breasts, lipodystrophy, etc.

Who is Liposuction NOT for?

Keep in mind that if any of the following factors apply to you, then you may not be a good candidate for liposuction:

  • Overly obese people
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Those individuals looking for ‘instant’ weight loss
  • A lot of stretch marks on your skin (the area you want treated)
  • Individuals with medical conditions such as:

     

    • Endocrine or vascular medical disorders

     

    • Those with addictions to drugs or alcohol

     

    • Blood clotting ailments

     

    • Heart disease

     

    • Lung disease

     

    • Having been on Accutane for any pariod during the last 6 months prior to a planned liposuction procedure

Which Parts of Your Body Can Undergo Liposuction?

Liposuction procedures can be conducted almost anywhere on the body where you have extra fatty deposits. But, the most common areas people perform liposuction on are related to the stomach, breasts (breast reductions for males & females), thigh lifts, face lifts, double chins, hips, and buttocks.

What are the Different Techniques of Liposuction?

Although the fundamentals of liposuction are one and the same, the procedure has advanced itself in many ways, especially by being used with other advanced techniques to make liposuction extremely safe, reliable, painless, and effective. The following are the main techniques of liposuction:

  • Fundamental Basic Technique – The basic underlying premise of liposuction involves removing extra fatty deposits from your body through suctioning. During liposuction, small, thin, and blunt tubes are inserted into tiny incisions made through the skin. Then, the unwanted fat is suctioned out through the tubes that target specific areas under the skin. This is the basic idea behind almost all liposuction techniques.
  • Tumescent Technique – This involves the basic technique although the only difference is that local anesthesia (lidocaine and epinephrine) is applied to large areas of fat in order to minimize pain. Liposuction NOT using local anesthesia is called a ‘Dry’ technique.
  • Wet Technique – This involves applying local anesthesia although on a smaller scale than the Tumescent technique.
  • Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction – This technique applies ultrasound waves to the fat in order to liquefy them, making the fat much easier to remove after suction is applied.
  • Smartlipo Triplex – This is a laser-assisted liposuction system brought to the market by Cynosure and is a well-known technique that safely sends laser energy in order to heat and liquefy fat before being removed by liposuction.
  • Waterjet-assisted Liposuction – This is where a slightly-pressurized stream of water (saline) is used to loosen the fatty deposits making for easier and gentler removal by the suction.

There are other liposuction techniques but these aforementioned techniques are generally the most used and most widely-known.

If you’re considering liposuction, make sure to call our Southeast-Michigan based Cosmetic Clinic, Laserduet, at 313-846-0002 to set up a free consultation with our highly experienced doctors and professionals.

Cosmetic Fillers: An Introductory Guide

Cosmetic Fillers: An Introductory Guide

An Intro to Cosmetic Dermal Fillers: No They’re Not Botox!

Want to know how cosmetic dermal fillers work, if they’re right for you, what types there are, how long they last, how fillers differ from botox, and more? Get the scoop on all of this and more, in this intro article on cosmetic dermal fillers.

Since you’re reading this, chances are you have a basic understanding of the concepts and functions related to dermal fillers. But questions still linger in your mind, about how fillers work, how long they last, and when they should be used or if Botox should be used in its place. We’ll help you answer these questions, and more, to ultimately help you decide whether or not this particular (and popular) cosmetic treatment is appropriate for you.

What are Cosmetic Dermal Fillers Used For?

Cosmetic Fillers can be used to alleviate a wide variety of issues, related to physical facial aging, by:

  • Enhancing lip volume to plump up and thicken thin lips
  • Helping to augment sagging cheeks by optimizing shape and restoring a rejuvenated youthful look
  • Filling in hollow areas (depressions in parts of the face, especially under the eyes, that result from aging
  • Adding restorative volume and smoothing out creases resulting from aging (e.g. marionette lines around the mouth)
  • Repairing severe facial and acne scars on the face, making them appear even with the rest of your face, and less manifest
  • Increasing facial volume especially in the areas of the lower cheeks and temples, which most frequently happen from fat pads that move beneath the skin

How are Dermal Fillers Different From Botox?

Cosmetic dermal fillers work very differently from Botox. Fillers work by plumping up the areas treated and injected, to minimize wrinkles, depressions, and folds. Depending on the type of fillers used, brand, amount used, depth on injection, and other factors, cosmetic dermal fillers can last anywhere from three months to several years or more.

On the other hand, Botox doesn’t have the volumizing effect that fillers have. Rather than plumping up lips and volumizing hollow areas in the face, Botox (which is also injected) works by being injected into areas around the forehead and wrinkles surrounding the eyes to eliminate muscle movement that would lead to wrinkles.

Because of how differently they work, many people actually utilize treatments of both cosmetic dermal fillers and Botox to acquire a fresh younger look.

2 Types of Cosmetic Fillers: Natural & Synthetic

Cosmetic dermal fillers fall into two categories: natural and synthetic.

Natural Cosmetic Fillers

Fillers derived from natural compounds (the most widely used is Hyaluronic Acid – or HA) have a minimal risk of triggering allergic reactions from their users but extremely rare cases have been known to occur. Characteristics of natural fillers include:

  • Immediate results
  • Short life-span (typically from 3 to 18 months)
  • Most patients need about one ‘follow-up’ dermal injection within the first year

Aside from rare allergic reactions, natural fillers also carry a minimal risk of lumping, although this happens rarely.

Synthetic Cosmetic Fillers

Synthetic dermal fillers are non-natural man-made compounds that last a lot longer than natural fillers. Some synthetic fillers are considered as ‘semi-permanent’ fillers simply because they really don’t go away.

As with any filler, synthetic fillers also have their risks which are the same as natural fillers except that, since synthetic fillers are almost permanent, this means that the potential risks may be longer lasting and harder to resolve with synthetic fillers.

Cosmetic Dermal Fillers – General Risks

The major problem for fillers is life-span and longevity. This is then followed by the minimal risk of lumping and rare allergic reactions. So it really all comes down to how skillful your doctor is at choosing the correct type of filler, choosing the correct amount, and then placing it in exactly the right places, as well as the initial evaluation and needs assessment.

This means you need to find a doctor or health professional who’s experienced and has been doing cosmetic fillers for a long time. If you happen to be in the Dearborn, Detroit, or Canton, Michigan area, make sure to contact Laserduet to get a free consultation with highly-experienced doctors and health professionals.

When to Get Cosmetic Dermal Fillers

There are many reasons to give consideration for cosmetic dermal fillers to minimize and correct manifest signs of aging and help you look younger. They also go beyond the simple measures of creams and modern skincare since age, muscle movement, cell restoration, sun damage, and the simple experience of life will eventually take their toll. This is why fillers can definitely help you improve your look, improve the appearance of deep wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful look in a way skincare products can never do.

If you’re considering receiving cosmetic dermal fillers, the next step is to setup a consultation appointment with your cosmetic health professional to get an evaluation.

You can also call our Southeast-Michigan based Cosmetic Clinic, Laserduet, at 313-846-0002 to set up a free consultation with our highly experienced doctors and professionals.