Frequently Asked Questions about BOTOX®

If you are considering BOTOX® for the first time, we encourage you to read the Q & A below. We’ve listed answers to the most common, important questions our new BOTOX® patients ask us.

Our Director of Aesthetic Services, Lauren Amico Reed, PA-C, MMS fields a lot of questions about neurotoxins like BOTOX®. As a state-licensed, certified Physician Assistant, Lauren has extensive training in performing cosmetic injections. She has a reputation in San Diego not only for achieving beautiful results but also for her dedication to her patients’ overall well-being.

BOTOX Q & A with Lauren Amico Reed, PA-C, MMS

Q: What is BOTOX®?

A: BOTOX®Cosmetic is a prescription medicine used to temporarily smooth lines by blocking nerve impulses that trigger wrinkle-causing muscle contractions.

Q: What areas can BOTOX® treat?

A: BOTOX® is most commonly used to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. BOTOX® can also be used to reduce excessive sweating in the armpits and hands.

Q: How long will the procedure take?

A: The procedure typically takes about 10-15 minutes.

Q: Do BOTOX® injections hurt?

A: We use a very tiny needle to inject each unit of BOTOX®. Most patients say they feel some stinging and pinching, but not very much pain.

Q: When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?

A: You can resume normal activities immediately after treatment; however, we advise patients not to participate in strenuous exercise for 24 hours.

Q: How long will it take to notice the final results?

A: On average, patients will notice full results within 7-10 days.

Q: How long can I expect the results to last?

A: The benefits from BOTOX® will vary from patient to patient. Results typically last 3-4 months.

Q: Are there any long term side-effects?

A: There are no known long-term side effects from BOTOX® injections. Side effects are generally temporary and well-tolerated. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, and headache. Eyelid and eyebrow droop are rare temporary side effects.

You can reduce your risk of side effects by seeking treatment from a well-trained injector. Do your research before attending “Botox parties” or using deals found through online coupon sites. These may seem like a good way to get BOTOX® at a bargain, but if the practitioner administering treatment is not adequately trained or experienced in giving injections, your results may be subpar. Also, your risk of experiencing side effects may increase.

Learn more about BOTOX® at LJC

If you’re considering BOTOX® or other neurotoxins for facial rejuvenation in San Diego, we want you to do your research. You can learn more about individual products at your free consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons or our talented injectors, Lauren Amico Reed, Brittany HaleyJulia Jowett, and Khanh Nguyen. Together, you will thoroughly discuss all of your questions and concerns about non-surgical treatment at LJC. You can also read our BOTOX® Buyer’s Guide, which explains how BOTOX® should be administered to get you the best results.

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