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Line Relaxers

Botox Treatments

Who benefits from Botox treatments?

Botox is FDA-approved for multiple medical uses, but cosmetically is most famous and utilized for the vertical frown lines, also known as “11’s” between the eyebrows. It is also FDA-approved for forehead lines and lines around the eyes referred to as “crow’s feet”. By relaxing the muscles in this area, the lines will soften or in some cases completely disappear until the Botox wears off, usually in 3-6 months. When these lines are very deep, they will soften greatly and flatten, but may not disappear completely. Starting this treatment before these lines become very deep helps prevent permanent lines.

Upon assessment by a provider, other areas can be treated successfully as well, although they are not considered FDA-approved. These include lip lines, a pebbly-looking chin, the bands in the neck (platysmal bands), bunny lines at the upper sides of the nose, and more. In the United States, there are two other Botulinum Toxins Type A approved for cosmetic use- Dysport and Xeomin. We offer all three products at Dignity Medical Aesthetics.

How to prep for your Botox treatment

Bruising is the most common side effect of Botox treatments. It is important to avoid any blood thinning medications such as aspirin, Advil, Aleve, turmeric, fish oil, etc. for a week or two prior to treatment, as these greatly increase the potential for bruising. Also, any alcohol will thin the blood. It is best to avoid alcohol 2-3 days before treatment if you are concerned about bruising.

What to expect during treatment

Botox is injected through very thin, tiny needles by our medical practitioners who are licensed, trained, and medical experts in facial anatomy. During injection, we use a vibration anesthesia device (VAD). This vibration anesthesia device distracts the brain from the sensation of the needle “poke” by creating stimulation-induced analgesia. Botox treatments are quick and usually completed in less than 15 minutes. Generally, you can return to work directly after the treatment.

What to expect after treatment

Occasional side effects of Botox injections include temporary swelling or firmness at the injection site, slight pain, and redness. Generally, these fade quickly – usually within an hour. Very rare side effects include nausea, muscle weakness, flu like symptoms, drooping of an eyelid/eyebrow or a headache. Botox begins taking effect within 24 hours but is often not completely noticeable for 7-10 days.

For our first-time patients, we prefer that you return for a two-week follow-up appointment so we can assess whether we achieved the maximum desired outcome possible. This also helps establish correct dosing for future appointments.  Many offices do not offer a follow up appointment, but we have found this process leads to excellent patient satisfaction and loyalty. We do not charge an appointment fee for the follow up, but if more units are recommended, there is a per unit fee for additional units if needed.


For beginners having the area between the eyebrows treated, most patients will see a three-month duration if complete relaxation to the area is achieved.  If the treatment is repeated every three months for the first year, a four to five-month duration is typical for the second year.  Most importantly, keeping the lines from returning prevents them from deepening.  If for any reason you decide to discontinue treatment, you will return to full movement in a few months.  There will not be a worsening of lines should you decide to stop, just a return to your starting point prior to treatment.

Other Line Relaxers

  • Dysport – Dignity Medical Aesthetics also offers Dysport, which is a prescription injection alternative to Botox used to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine to moderate lines on the face. Schedule a complimentary consultation to determine which product is best for you.
  • Xeomin® – XEOMIN® is a prescription medicine alternative to Botox that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. Schedule an appointment to determine which product is best for you.
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