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Can People Tell If I've Had BOTOX?

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Are you looking for the right anti-aging weapon to diminish the signs of fine lines and wrinkles? BOTOX® has been leading the charge as the most well-known cosmetic injectable used today, allowing patients to achieve a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. It relaxes and reduces the appearance of Crow's feet, forehead lines, and other facial signs of growing older. Outside the popular question, "Is BOTOX safe?", another common concern generally asked by patients is, "Will it be noticeable I had it done?" Cosmetic injectables are not only a science but an art form, and too much BOTOX can lead to the wrong outcome, leaving others to notice.

Read on to learn more about BOTOX injections from our aesthetic specialists at Pacific Skin in Marin with locations in San Francisco and Corte Madera, CA. A knowledgeable, experienced injector should always administer cosmetic injectables so contact a dermatologist in Marin to schedule your in-person or online consultation today.

Are you considering BOTOX injections?

Wrinkle relaxers, like BOTOX, are derived from a purified strain of botulinum toxin to "relax" targeted facial muscles to address frown and forehead lines. Dynamic wrinkles are created when we express ourselves when frowning, squinting, or laughing. When used in small doses, BOTOX injections are a safe and effective anti-aging solution for adults year-round to maintain a younger, more refreshed appearance, ideally for patients between the ages of 35 – 65. However, more and more younger adults in their 20s and early 30s are partaking in cosmetic injectables as a preventive measure to ward off any future signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

Will I have a frozen face after BOTOX?

The biggest fear of most patients considering BOTOX injections is they'll end up with a frozen face and others will know they had it done. If administered by an untrained, inexperienced injector, patients can run the risk of receiving too much BOTOX, temporarily paralyzing the targeted muscle, making it difficult to perform specific facial movements. It can also provide an "overdone" or unnatural look. Although BOTOX injections will limit some facial muscles' movements, others will still have a full range of motion when done properly. Cosmetic injectables should always be done cautiously and sparingly by an experienced, qualified injector to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.

How many units of BOTOX is normal?

BOTOX comes in 50 or 100 unit vials. The units needed per injection site will vary from person to person. The best results come from precisely delivering the right dosage amount to each target area. During an in-person assessment, one of our skilled injectors will determine what each person needs after discussing what areas they want to consider. Below is a general idea of the most common BOTOX injection scenarios and units typically used:

  • Crow's feet = 20 units per side
  • Forehead = 30 – 35 units
  • Brow area or "11" lines = 20 units
  • Combining the brow area and around the eyes = 40 units

When a qualified injector administers BOTOX, it can provide excellent results that no one will even notice. Typical sessions take about 20 – 30 minutes with some patients even doing it over their lunch hour. BOTOX injections generally last about 3 – 4 months but vary by person. When combined with other cosmetic injectables, like dermal fillers, and administered by a skilled dermatologist in Marin, CA, these anti-aging solutions complement each other for a fabulous liquid facelift.

If you would like to learn more about BOTOX or schedule a one-on-one consultation for a skin analysis to determine your problem areas, then contact Pacific Skin in Marin, CA. We have two locations in San Francisco and Corte Madera, CA. Look and feel your best by fighting the signs of aging skin today and give us a call.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.