Botox: Your Top 10 Questions Answered

Botox Dysport Neuromodulators

In 2018, Grand Salon expanded its Skin Care department to offer Medical Spa services, including neuromodulator treatments with Botox and Dysport.

This week, Astrid Valles and Carrie Meis, both RNs at Grand’s MedSpa, explore the Top 10 Questions they receive about Botox.

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Beauty and the Botox: Your top 10 Botox Questions Answered

Botox is one of the most popular skin treatments around the globe – and for good reason. While we always remember the frozen faces and scary stories of Botox-gone-bad, there is a true art to creating that fresh faced look. Even though Botox has been on the market since 1977, there are still so many lingering concerns and questions about this preventative and corrective treatment. We’re diving into 10 of the most frequently asked questions surrounding this quick and easy treatment.

1: How does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking signals from nerves to muscles. Simply put, it can gently tell your muscles to stop working so hard at creating fine lines and wrinkles. When the signal from nerve to muscle is lessened, the end result is less movement and fewer wrinkles.

2: Is Botox the only FDA-approved neuromodulator?

There are currently 4 FDA-approved neuromodulators, or neurotoxins, available. The most popular and first to market, was Botox followed by Dysport, Xeomin and most recently, Jeuveau. Here at Grand, we offer both Botox and Dysport.

3: What should I expect at my appointment?

We understand that these services can make some a little anxious or nervous and we pride ourselves on ensuring that you are perfectly comfortable before we proceed with the service. We do this with a very thorough consultation. During this consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns, questions, and goals. Using that information, we will then create a pattern for your treatment that is customized just for you. Before we begin the treatment, you will be educated, informed and you’ll know the exact cost of the treatment.

4: When will I see results and how long will it last?

Most individuals will start to see some relaxation of the treated muscles by day 5 and will see final results by 2 weeks.  Again, most individuals will enjoy a smooth and aesthetically pleasing result for 2 1/2 to 4 months.  Consistent treatments every 3-4 months will give the most favorable outcome when fighting lines and wrinkles.

5: Will my face be frozen??

Not unless you want it to be! This is exactly why we consult before we begin the treatment. We want to make sure that we create a look that you’re happy with. Botox and Dysport are not a one-size-fits-all kind of service. We fully customize each pattern to your wants and needs to ensure your satisfaction.

6: Does it hurt?

 Botox and Dysport treatment is often described as a pinch or slight sting but the treatment is usually done within 5-10 minutes.  While there may be some slight discomfort involved, it’s very quick!

7: Will my fine lines and wrinkles go away after the first treatment?

Shallow, fine lines will typically improve by about 80-95% in the first 1-2 treatments.  A smoother and more relaxed appearance can be observed within 10-14 days of the first treatment.  Deeper line improvement usually can be seen within 6 to 9 months of treatment.  The longer you’ve been working on creating them, the longer it takes to smooth them away!

8: What areas can Botox help with?

 Botox has long been used for medical and cosmetic applications. Cosmetically speaking, Botox can be used to address crow’s feet, forehead lines, lines between the brows, nose or bunny lines, gummy smiles, “orange peel” appearance of chin, neck lines, and excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis) of underarms.

9: What are the Do’s and Don’ts for before and after the treatment?

Before

Avoid alcohol the day before and day of treatment.

Avoid all blood thinning medication and supplements 2 weeks prior. This includes: ibuprofen, Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, & Fish Oils.

After

The first 24 hours following the treatment, avoid exercise and applying pressure to any areas treated.

10: What is “Microtox” aka “The Wrinkle Sprinkle”?

These 2 terms are the new, more modern take on Botox and Dysport treatment. It involves using a small amount of Botox or Dysport that is lightly “sprinkled” to areas of concern. Small amounts are capable of creating soft and subtle correction as opposed to “freezing” or removing all expression. This is the treatment of choice for most guests aged 21-35. One of the most important aspects of Botox or Dysport is the power of prevention. Not only do these treatments provide correction to existing fine lines and wrinkles but it can also help to prevent them altogether!

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For more information on Botox & Dysport or to schedule a free skin care consultation, contact Grand’s Medical Spa.  You can reach us at 303/572-1435 or email us at info@grand-salon.com.

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Astrid Valles RN, LE, Aesthetic Injector, Esthetician

Astrid brings 13 years of experience as an esthetician and 6 years as a Registered Nurse to Grand’s Medical Aesthetics team. With a dedication to ongoing research and education, she stays at the forefront of a medical field that’s constantly innovating.

Her goal for every client is to make them happy and confident in the skin they’re in.

Astrid specializes in lip sculpting with filler, subtle & natural dermal filler injectables, the Botox sprinkle and microneedling with PRP.  Follow @AestheticallyAstrid

Carrie Meis RN, BSN, Aesthetic Injector

Nurse, mother, artist and traveler are just a few terms that describe Carrie.  Born in New York, she’s called Denver home for the past 33 years.  When the last of her five children went to school she decided to go back also.  Since graduating with her BSN in 2010, Carrie has worked in multiple fields of nursing but found her passion in the Aesthetic Nursing field in 2013.

Carrie specializes in total eye rejuvenation with filler, lip augmentation with filler, microneedling and Botox. Follow Carrie @CarrieRN2000

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