Botox FAQ

What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a natural, purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium that is commonly injected into the forehead to smooth deep lines between the brows. Botox treatments are non-surgical, minimally invasive, simple procedures. Botox can also be used to treat crow’s feet, upper lip lines, downturned corners of the lips, lower eyelid wrinkles, chin dimples, and neck creases and wrinkles. It has also proven effective in the treatment of migraines and hyperhydrosis.

Who is the best candidate for Botox?
The best candidate for Los Angeles botox is a man or woman between the ages of eighteen and eighty who is interested in improving the appearance of frown lines.

Where does the Botox procedure take place?
Botox procedures are simple procedure typically performed in a doctor’s office.

Is anesthesia used for a Botox procedure?
Anesthesia is typically not required for Botox injections.

How do Botox injections work?
When Botox is injected into the muscle tissue, the muscles that cause wrinkles are temporarily paralyzed, thus relaxing and allowing the wrinkles to disappear. It may take several days following surgery for the full effect of the injection to become apparent.

How long does a Botox procedure take to complete?
Botox procedures involve a few tiny injections and can take as little as five minutes to complete.

Is there any pain that occurs with the Botox procedure?
Botox injections involve very minimal pain or discomfort and the experience may be likened to plucking the eyebrows.

What sort of recovery is there after Botox?
Botox procedures are fast, simple and minimally invasive. They involve virtually no downtime or recovery and patients can typically return to their normal activities and work immediately after treatment.

Are there any risks associated with Botox?
The most common side effects occurring with Botox are temporary. In a very small percentage of patients, slight bruising or a droopy eyelid or eyebrow (both temporary) may occur.

Are Botox injections ever covered by insurance?
Botox procedures performed solely for cosmetic purposes are typically not covered by insurance, though some degree of coverage may be available for procedures used for medical purposes.

What should I look for in a doctor to perform my Botox procedure?
Make sure that any potential surgeon is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) as this ensures that they’ve completed the proper training to safely conduct your procedure according ABFPRS standards. It’s also important to ask the following questions: How many Botox procedures has the surgeon performed? Where and how will the procedure be performed? What are the risks of your particular procedure?

What does it mean if my surgeon is certified by the ABFPRS? 
The ABFPRS credential signifies that a surgeon:

  • Has completed an approved residency in one of the two surgical specialties that include identifiable training in all aspects of facial plastic surgery (otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery, generally)
  • Is double boarded, having earned prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada
  • Has successfully completed a two-day examination
  • Has submitted for peer-review an acceptable record of at least two years’ clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum 100 facial plastic surgeries
  • Holds proper licensure and subscribes to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

How long do the results of Botox last?
The results of Botox typically last between three and four months.


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