Let’s Talk Tox: Answering Our Patients’ Botox® FAQs

Act your age? Sometimes. Look your age? Never – and that’s where Botox® comes in. 

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment of its kind for a reason: it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within days and requires little to no downtime. As with any procedure, many of our first-time patients come to us with similar questions about Botox before their first treatment. 

Here are our most popular FAQs about Botox. 

How does Botox work?

Botox is a neuromodulator that is injected into targeted treatment areas using an ultra-fine needle. It works by blocking the nerve signals needed for facial muscles to contract, as it’s the contraction of facial muscles that causes expression lines and wrinkles. Once injected, the neuromodulator relaxes the muscles and decreases their movement to reduce the appearance of lines or wrinkles in the area. 

What areas of the face can be treated with Botox?

The most popular treatment areas are the forehead, eye area (crow’s feet), and lips. But botox can also be used to reduce the appearance of chin dimples, can be injected into the jaw muscles to alleviate pain from grinding teeth, or can be inserted into the TMJ for a jaw-slimming effect.  

Is Botox painful?

Botox injections are quick and come with minimal discomfort. The treatment requires no anesthesia or recovery time. In fact, many of our patients book their appointments during their lunch breaks. 

What are the potential side effects?

Some patients experience minor bruising or redness right after their appointments, but those symptoms typically only last for a few hours. If they persist or an injection site becomes painful, be sure to call our office right away. 

How long does Botox last?

Many patients see results after only 3-5 days post-treatment, and those results can last for up to 3-5 months. The body metabolizes Botox over time, which is why we recommend patients schedule maintenance treatments every 3-4 months. 

When should I start getting Botox?

You’re never too young or too old to try Botox, but all patients should receive a consultation before treatment to determine if Botox is the right treatment for their cosmetic and wellness goals. Many of our younger patients have started using Botox in their 20s and 30s as a preventative measure. 

November 15 is National Botox Day, making now the perfect time to try America’s most popular cosmetic treatment. Learn more about Botox in New Jersey or make an appointment with the Dermatology Institute & Laser Center by calling our Cliffton (973-472-1000) or North Bergen (201-2554046) location.