Things to Know Before Botox; Fort Collins Medical Spa


Botox is an injectable that helps smooth out wrinkles in the face. Today we will give you a run down on the details of the procedure and things you should know before you schedule a Botox injection.

Botox is a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is a microbe that causes botulism. It works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles which prevents them from creating deep wrinkles and furrows in the skin. Wrinkles are caused by a combination of lack of collagen, cellular changes in the body, sun exposure, and changes in the environment.

Injectable Botox can be used for temporarily eliminating moderately severe facial wrinkles. It can also be used to treat various medical conditions, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, chronic migraines and chronic pain.

Botox is injected into the facial muscles with a very fine needle. To help with crow’s feet, Botox will be injected into three areas of the muscle that frames the side of the eye. To help with frown lines, Botox will be injected into two of the muscles in the forehead.

Your aesthetician may choose to numb the area with ice packs or topical numbing cream prior to injection. Results will begin to appear within a few days of treatment, and they may last up to four months. Areas that receive regular injections may have results that last longer. Botox should only be injected by qualified medical professionals.

Don’t consume alcohol for two days before treatment and avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs for two weeks prior to injections. This may prevent bruising. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease, you should not receive Botox.

Botox may not work for all wrinkles. If you’re considering injections, please schedule a complimentary consultation. With repeated treatment, wrinkles may appear less severe over time as the muscles are trained to be less active. For younger patients, Botox may prevent minor wrinkles from forming.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about Botox!

Injectables FAQ; Botox in Fort Collins

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If you have never had injectables like Botox and Juvederm, they might seem intimidating or just a mystery! We want to put all of the information out there to make sure our clients know what these procedures entail and how they could work for you!      

1.          What is Botox? Botox is a natural purified protein produced by Clostridium botulinum bacterium.   

2.          How does Botox work? It blocks the nerve to muscle signals that would typically tell your facial muscles to contract. Since the injected muscles are not able to move, the wrinkles around those muscles soften. Botox is an anti-wrinkle treatment for forehead lines, lines around the eye, and frown lines.    

3.            How long does Botox take? What is the recovery procedure? It takes about ten to twenty minutes. No recovery time is needed since it is a non-surgical facelift. You can go back to your normal routine afterwards.

4.      Does a Botox injection hurt? Some patients feel minor discomfort from the injection. However, the needle used is very tiny and most patients feel very little or no pain.

5.      Does Botox cause botulism? No. It would take significant amounts of Botox to cause botulism- often 100 times more than the typical dosage.

6.      How long will it take to notice a difference after treatment? About three days after treatment you will see improvement in facial wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.

7.      Is there any pre-treatment? You do not need to take any medications with aspirin, ibuprofen and/or Vitamin E for one week prior to treatment. These decrease the bruising at the injection site.

8.      Is there any post-treatment? You will need to keep your head up for four hours and not exercise for 24 hours, but that’s it!

9.      What are the side effects? Side effects are typically very minimal and may include temporary bruising, headaches, nausea, temporary eyelid droop, and respiratory infection or flu like syndrome. Any headaches that may occur typically go away after one to two days. Any eyelid drooping that occurs usually goes away after three weeks. It’s caused by Botox movement within the muscles- so avoid rubbing the injected areas for at least 12 hours.

10. How long do the benefits last? The effects of Botox can be seen for three to six months after treatment. Lines and wrinkles will reappear as the nerve to muscle signals return and the muscles start contracting again. As the muscle memory is trained to relax, the lines can appear less severe when they reappear.

11.     Are injections safe for everyone? Those who are breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not receive injections. We recommend a consultation with a trained and experienced staff member, since Botox is not effective on all wrinkles.

12.      How much does Botox cost? Costs vary by the type and number of treatments purchased. You can find our rates on our website.

13.      Will my insurance pay for it? Insurance coverage varies, depending on medical necessity of the condition. Most insurance does not cover Botox when it is used for cosmetic procedures, but check with your insurance carrier for details.

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Botox vs. Juvederm in Fort Collins


Botox and Juvederm- what is the difference? Let’s get into the science and break them down to learn more.

Botox is a treatment that involves a very small amount of a specific purified protein produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. The protein is injected with a very fine needle into the small muscles of the face, to temporarily freeze or weaken the muscle, which reduces the ability to squint, frown, or show excessive worry lines.

Botox is commonly used in the glabellar muscle to erase frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as on the horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, on the muscle that brings down the corner of the mouth, and in the neck.

Treatments typically last several months. The procedure is quick, only around 20 minutes, and requires no down time. There is no effect on the sensory nerves, so the injected areas will feel normal. The pain is minimal, as the injections feel like little bug bites and no sedation or anesthetic is required.

On the other hand, Juvederm is a form of hyaluronic acid, developed using filtration and molecule manipulation techniques. It treats moderate to severe facial folds, raises the upper part of eyebrows, smooths under eye hollows, enhances lips, increases volume and defines contours of cheeks, chin, and jaw line. It can also be used for minor rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose). It typically last six months or more, which is longer than Botox.

Benefits of Juvederm include the ability to be used on all skin types with no risk of disease transmission or allergic reaction. Some facial areas require only a single treatment and results are immediate, with minimal swelling and pain.

Come see us to talk about these great non-surgical cosmetic procedures and how Botox or Juvederm can help you achieve the youthful, fresh complexion you desire!