Medical Spa located in Dartmouth, MA
Botox® injections have become popular for smoothing frown lines and pesky crow’s feet, but you might be concerned about the “‘frozen” effect. When your doctor does the injections at La’i Spa in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, you don’t have to worry. Instead, you can expect a natural look and incredible results that transform your face. If you want to take years off your face, make an appointment by phone or online today to talk to your doctor about whether Botox — or one of the similar formulations under the brand names Xeomin® and Dysport® — might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
What is Botox?
Botox refers to injections of a substance called botulinum toxin A that temporarily paralyzes muscles and blocks the chemical signals sent by nerves that cause muscles to contract. The repeated contraction of muscles in your face causes lines and wrinkles.
Botox injections are commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet (lines from the corners of your eyes)
- Forehead lines and wrinkles
Your doctor also specializes in Xeomin and Dysport, which treat frown lines between the eyebrows for men and women with injections that use slightly different formulations of botulinum toxin A than Botox. Botox is FDA-approved for frown lines and crow’s feet, while both Xeomin and Dysport are approved only for frown lines.
What can I expect before, during, and after the procedure?
Before receiving Botox, Xeomin or Dysport injections, talk to your doctor about the possibility of numbing the treatment area. Most people don’t experience too much discomfort, but discuss using a topical anesthesia or ice to numb the area.
During the treatment, which your doctor performs right at La’i Spa, he uses a thin needle to inject very small amounts of the botulinum toxin into your skin muscles. The number of injections and length of the procedure depends on the size of the treatment area.
There isn’t any downtime after the injections. You can resume your everyday activities right away, but don’t rub or touch the treatment area directly after.
Does Botox have any side effects?
If you choose to get Botox done with a seasoned medical professional like those at L’ai Spa, there usually aren’t any major risks. In some cases, the following side effects do occur:
- Pain or bruising at site of injection
- Crooked smile
- Eye dryness
- Excessive tearing in the eyes
In some rare cases, the toxins from the injection can spread to other parts of the body and cause more serious symptoms. If anything out of the ordinary occurs following your treatment, come back and see your doctor right away.
When can I expect to see results?
You start to see the injections working their magic within a few days. Results last about three months, sometimes longer, so you need to schedule follow-up injections to maintain results. Discuss the specifics with the medical team at L’ai Spa to make sure you have a plan for follow-up appointments.
*Individual results may vary.