Q: How does Botox work?
A: Botox works by weakening the muscles into which it is injected. As facial muscles contract, the loose skin above those muscles wrinkles. By weakening the muscles, the wrinkles are reduced.
Q: How long do results last?
A: The effects of Botox can last up to three months.
Q: How safe are wrinkle-relaxing injections? How can you lengthen the effects of Botox? How often should you get Botox after your first injection? How many times can you have Botox?
A: Botox is very safe when injected by experienced physicians. Some oral zinc supplements have been shown to lengthen the effect of Botox. As soon as your wrinkles return, you can have Botox again. There is no defined limit to the number of injections one can have. However, the body’s immune system is capable of developing antibodies to the Botox molecule which can render it ineffective at some point in the future.
Q: Is there a rebound effect when Botox wears off and one does not go for repeat injections?
A: No, the muscle activity should return to its original state when the Botox wears off.
Q: Is Botox painful? I have a very low pain threshold.
A: Botox, itself, is not painful. The pain is associated with the needlestick. The smaller the needle, the better it is tolerated. When a volume of fluid is injected under the skin, it temporarily stimulates some of the nerve fibers. Everyone’s threshold for these occurrences differs from person to person.