What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein that has been approved by the FDA for wrinkle reduction. Botox has been studied extensively for over 25 years verifying its safety and use for cosmetic purposes. For the past 15 years, Botox Cosmetic is the number one cosmetic treatment people choose every year to look younger.

How does Botox works?

Botox is a purified protein that puts muscles in a temporary time-out which stops the creasing of skin. When the overactive muscle is in time-out, this stops the break down of collagen and allows the skin to have a softer, smooth appearance. This is why it can soften wrinkles and improve skin quality which can lead to a natural more youthful you!

What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox stops wrinkles caused by overactive muscles. Although Botox stops the process of forming new wrinkles, those wrinkles which are present at rest from repeated expressions that causes loss of collagen ,also known as “sinking wrinkles” such as the parenthesis around the mouth, sagging cheeks, and down-turned mouth corners. These “sinking wrinkles” may also benefit from a facial filler that can replenish the building blocks of skin. Filler softens “sinking wrinkles” by filling in the lines and adding volume.

Note in the above photo that the patient has a “Number 1” between the brows.

Some patients may have a “Number 1,” “Number 11,” or “Number 111.” Notice the improvement after a Botox Cosmetic treatment between the brows.

How long does Botox last?

Botox lasts 3-4 months on average. It is important to receive Botox with a Master Injector who can analyze your unique facial features to determine the proper dose and customized pattern you need for optimal results.

Are Botox injections painful?

Botox injections take five minutes and have minimal discomfort. If you prefer, you may request a topical anesthetic cream may be used to make it very tolerable.

What areas on my face can I get Botox injected?

In the hands of a Master Injector, Botox can be used to soften the “Number 11” between the brows, crows feet, smooth horizontal forehead lines, dimpling of the chin, aging vertical bands of the neck, and the down-turned corners of the mouth.

How long until I can see the final results after my first treatment?

Botox generally takes 7-14 days to take full effect. Some patients may start to see results as early as 5 days.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

At the Sherman Aesthetic Center, a Master Injectors will perform a facial analysis to determine the correct pattern of Botox that will create a natural, refreshed look. With a Master Injector technique, you can lose the lines without losing your expressions!

Can facial muscles become weaker after Botox?

The facial muscles will never cease to work even after multiple treatments- Dr. Sherman has received Botox as a patient for over 10 years! She still receives a treatment regularly every 3-4 months and says Botox Cosmetic is the number one reason her skin looks younger than her actual age!

Can I have an allergic reaction to Botox?

The FDA does not require allergy testing for Botox as this is not a common side effect.

What are the risks and side effects?

When you receive a Botox treatment, there is the uncommon risk of a droopy eyelid. This is a very rare occurrence–but this is why the Master Injectors at the Sherman Aesthetic Center have gone through extensive training to evaluate each unique face and determine the pattern that is customized for you. Rarely, a patient can experience dry eye when the crow’s feet are treated, but we have a biomicroscope at the Sherman Aesthetic Center that can help us diagnose and treat you if you experience any dry eye after the Botox treatment. As with any injection, you may experience bruising from the treatment which always goes away after a few days. When you come in for your treatment, we can answer any questions you may have about adverse effects with the treatment. Many studies show a greater than 90% satisfaction rate with Botox Cosmetic when given by a Master Injector.

How often will I need Botox treatment?

If you are looking to prevent collagen breakdown which leads to fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Sherman suggests a Botox treatment every 3-4 months.

How is the recovery time?

There is no downtime with Botox. You can get your lunchtime Botox treatment, reapply your makeup, and go right back to work!

Can I have Botox along with other skin care cosmetic treatments?

You can have Botox and filler on the same office visit. It is not recommended to receive a laser treatment, microdermabrasion, or a facial peel on the same day as treatment.

How do I know whether Botox or a dermal filler is right for me?

You may call us at 615 297-5798 for a free facial analysis at the Sherman Aesthetic Center with one of our Master Injectors. Because no two faces and wrinkles are alike, it takes a facial analysis from an Expert at the Sherman Aesthetic Center to customize a treatment leading to a natural, beautiful you!

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