Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery
Matthew Karen, MD F.A.C.S.
Cosmetic Surgery located in Winchester, VA

There are dozens of reasons to get Botox. Of course, one is to “look younger.” And indeed, Botox does the trick! But the injectable medicine can also help with various health issues, like migraines. If you’re interested in getting Botox or learning more about it, schedule a visit with Dr. Matthew Karen of Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery in Winchester, Virginia by phoning us today.


Botox Q&A

What is Botox?

Botox® Cosmetic is the trade name for a substance that is injected into the skin in order to inhibit wrinkle-forming muscle movement. Botox is prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin, used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, as well as cosmetically.

Botox is an extremely popular means of restoring a youthful look, especially in your face. Botulinum toxin injections, known more colloquially as Botox and Dysport®, are medical treatments that aim to relax facial muscles or make them appear and feel more taught. Botox can also treat a variety of medical conditions, including squinting eyes, migraines, excess sweating, and leaky bladders. Cosmetically, Botox injections make lines and wrinkles less obvious, temporarily altering your appearance without surgery.

How does it work?

Botox blocks the nerve signals to certain muscles, allowing the muscles to relax, therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. More specifically, when the injected muscle can no longer contract, it can’t cause wrinkles.

Botox is most often used on forehead lines, in the areas around the eyes, and on frown lines.

No anesthesia is required for Botox, which is injected into specific muscles with a very fine needle. It brings only minor discomfort generally, and the procedure is usually very quick, sometimes less than five minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

How long is recovery, and how long does Botox last?

Recovery from Botox is generally fast, but swelling and some temporary bruising may occur for a few days after the procedure. It usually takes 3-7 days for the Botox to take full effect.

The effects from Botox will last 4-6 months. When muscles that are tamed by Botox begin to reactivate, fine lines and wrinkles will start to return.

If you’re interested in getting Botox or learning more about it, call the practice or book an appointment with Dr. Karen online.