Neurotoxin injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic treatment in the US and offer a safe, easy, and affordable solution for smoothing fine lines and reducing wrinkles on the face. Dr. Adam Becker, Raleigh’s Best Cosmetic Surgeon, sees patients ranging in age from their 20s and up, to combat the signs of facial aging caused by facial muscle contractions and restore a more youthful-looking appearance.
Last month we asked our online viewers to submit their questions about neurotoxin / botox injections in Raleigh for the sake of providing a more in-depth and personal education for our community. Read on to learn more about neurotoxin treatments from Dr. Adam Becker, award-winning facial plastic surgeon and founder of Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery in Raleigh.
Have you seen anyone not respond to neurotoxins related to COVID vaccines?
No. There have been some reports of botulinum toxin effects not lasting as long in some people.
Do you have a favorite neurotoxin?
No. Some patients may prefer one over another based on their own experience. We carry most brands of neurotoxins to satisfy patient preferences.
Is it really putting toxins into my body?
Yes. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring neurotoxin made by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, which causes botulism. It is used by licensed professionals to treat a variety of medical conditions, and of course for cosmetic purposes. Most treatments for cosmetic reasons use between 12 – 50 units. It would require more than 3,000 units (or 30 bottles) to be injected before symptoms of botulism would occur.
How safe are neurotoxin treatments? Botulinum toxin is very safe when given in small doses and used in medical applications when delivered by licensed professionals. However, like all medical procedures, there can be side effects. These include swelling, redness, pain, bleeding, and infection at the injection site as well as temporary drooping in the treated area.
Can botox be injected into your cheeks?
Botulinum toxin is not typically used in the cheeks for cosmetic purposes.
Should I combine botox injections with any other cosmetic or skincare treatments to enhance my results?
Botox injections can be combined with other cosmetic treatments to achieve certain cosmetic goals. We generally prefer not to perform botulinum toxin treatments on the same day as energy treatments such as laser, intense pulsed light therapy or fractionated radiofrequency treatments to ensure there is not an unfavorable effect of the energy treatment on the efficacy of botulinum toxin treatment.
Who should NOT get neurotoxin treatments?
In general, botulinum toxin should not be used in people who have a neuromuscular disorder or a history of allergy to botulinum toxin. There are other reasons why botulinum toxin treatments may not be appropriate, and this varies from person to person.
How many units do I need to treat?
The number of units varies widely from one person to another, and some trial and error is sometimes needed to find the optimal dose. In general, treatment falls in a range:
a. Forehead lines 8-20
b. Frown lines (11’s) 10-30
c. Crows feet 2-16
d. Bunny lines 2-4
e. Correct a gummy smile 4-8
f. Lift the corners of the mouth 4-8
g. Chin dimpling – 4-8
h. Neck bands – 12-16
If you’re wondering if botox injections will provide the results you’re looking to achieve, contact us to schedule your consultation at (919) 706-4900.