Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For your convenience, Dr. Jess Prischmann, our skilled facial plastic surgeon, offers the following answers to some common questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic and what you can expect from treatment. If you would like to schedule a consultation, or if you would simply like to learn more, please contact us today.
How long does it take before BOTOX® Cosmetic results can be seen?
Results following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can typically be seen as early as 48 hours. Full effects can generally be seen 7 to 14 days following injection. This is typically when we have patients come in for a “touch-up,” so we can make sure the results look natural.
What areas of my face can I get BOTOX® Cosmetic injected?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA-approved to use for crow’s feet and lines between the eyebrows (also known as the “11s”). It is considered “off-label” for all other areas on the face. Despite this, Dr. Prischmann feels that it can be safely performed in the forehead (although a little goes a long way in this area).
An area that has been getting a lot of attention recently has been the lines around the mouth. Sometimes, we will place a very small amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic around the lips for vertical lip lines. However, our practice does not use BOTOX® Cosmetic freely in this area. This is to retain a natural appearance and to avoid smile asymmetry.
What are the qualifications required by practitioners to perform BOTOX® Cosmetic injections?
To our knowledge, in the state of Minnesota, there are no qualifications or education requirements needed to perform BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. In our practice, our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann is the only one who performs injections. We believe this is safer for the patient.
How can I avoid side effects after BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
It is best to start conservatively with all injectables. This can be one of the best ways to reduce your risk of side effects.
I am a younger patient considering BOTOX® Cosmetic. Does age affect the frequency of administration at all?
Dr. Prischmann believes it is important to start with the lowest possible dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic for all of her patients, not just the younger ones.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectables have only been used for cosmetic purposes in this country for around 11 years. While the 10-year studies on safety are good, there is no way to know what the long-term effects of these products will be. That is why it is best to stick with the lowest effective dose for the longest period of time.
Would you like to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic? Or are you interested in scheduling a consultation? If so, please contact our office today.