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How often would i need botox injections for facial wrinkles? I've read that botox is not dangerous, but i'm nervous about having a toxin injected into my face regularly. If there are complications, are they due to the amount or frequency of treatments? Wh

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Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
Internal Medicine
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In brief: ~4 months

It varies on male and female and the number of units injected but Botox on average will last about 120 days.
The amount of Botox on average injected into a face is ~40 units, amount to cause paralysis of the body ~3, 000. Some complications can occur, can discuss with your provider-depends on where it is injected.

In brief: ~4 months

It varies on male and female and the number of units injected but Botox on average will last about 120 days.
The amount of Botox on average injected into a face is ~40 units, amount to cause paralysis of the body ~3, 000. Some complications can occur, can discuss with your provider-depends on where it is injected.
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It will wear off

Botox usually lasts about 3-6 months.
It has been well studied and you do tend to get longer lasting results with each treatment, so there may be some build up over time, but nothing that has been proven to be dangerous.

In brief: It will wear off

Botox usually lasts about 3-6 months.
It has been well studied and you do tend to get longer lasting results with each treatment, so there may be some build up over time, but nothing that has been proven to be dangerous.
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Dr. Ron Pelton
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Botox

Botox has been around for over 30 years and was essentially an "orphan" drug used for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm until the cosmetic uses were discovered roughly 15 years ago.
It has a very safe track record in cosmetic use. The most frequent complication is mild bruising at the injection sites. If injected into the wrong area, it can cause weakness of muscles that were not intended to be weakened. Most patients come in for Botox every 3-6 months with an average of 4 months. By far, the most important determinant in having a good outcome is finding a doctor that has a long track record of Botox use. Oculoplastic, facial plastic, general plastic and dermatologists have been using this drug for years and are trained in its use during their residency and fellowship training. You can go to the Botox website http://www.Botoxcosmetic.Com/fad.Aspx to find a recommended doctor in your area. Hope that helps.

In brief: Botox

Botox has been around for over 30 years and was essentially an "orphan" drug used for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm until the cosmetic uses were discovered roughly 15 years ago.
It has a very safe track record in cosmetic use. The most frequent complication is mild bruising at the injection sites. If injected into the wrong area, it can cause weakness of muscles that were not intended to be weakened. Most patients come in for Botox every 3-6 months with an average of 4 months. By far, the most important determinant in having a good outcome is finding a doctor that has a long track record of Botox use. Oculoplastic, facial plastic, general plastic and dermatologists have been using this drug for years and are trained in its use during their residency and fellowship training. You can go to the Botox website http://www.Botoxcosmetic.Com/fad.Aspx to find a recommended doctor in your area. Hope that helps.
Dr. Ron Pelton
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Botox

Botox cosmetic has gone through rigorous testing for safety and efficacy.
Injectables are by far the most common cosmetic procedure performed, and the post-marketing data confirms its safety and efficacy. Now that being said, you need to make sure that your provider is a physician with a lot of experience with botox, or in some cases a highly trained registered nurse injector in an experienced physician's office. You can expect the results to last about 4 months. The most common complication is injection site bruising or irritation. Other untoward effects include weakening of muscles that are close by. If the upper eyelid muscle is weakened, the eyelid will be droopy, but this is extremely rare with experienced injectors and it is temporary. We have seen problems with inexperienced people injecting the wrong dose. So, choose your provider wisely.

In brief: Botox

Botox cosmetic has gone through rigorous testing for safety and efficacy.
Injectables are by far the most common cosmetic procedure performed, and the post-marketing data confirms its safety and efficacy. Now that being said, you need to make sure that your provider is a physician with a lot of experience with botox, or in some cases a highly trained registered nurse injector in an experienced physician's office. You can expect the results to last about 4 months. The most common complication is injection site bruising or irritation. Other untoward effects include weakening of muscles that are close by. If the upper eyelid muscle is weakened, the eyelid will be droopy, but this is extremely rare with experienced injectors and it is temporary. We have seen problems with inexperienced people injecting the wrong dose. So, choose your provider wisely.
Dr. Dennis Dass
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Dr. Thomas Lamperti
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Botox

Botox is usually injected every 4-6 months.
The main risks are related to the Botox affecting muscles in areas that it wasn't intended. A big example include the upper eyelid which can cause temporary eyelid droop. These complications are very rare, especially when done by an experienced Botox injector. Some of the larger risks you may read about with Botox are in patients receiving significantly larger doses to large muscle groups for functional reasons.

In brief: Botox

Botox is usually injected every 4-6 months.
The main risks are related to the Botox affecting muscles in areas that it wasn't intended. A big example include the upper eyelid which can cause temporary eyelid droop. These complications are very rare, especially when done by an experienced Botox injector. Some of the larger risks you may read about with Botox are in patients receiving significantly larger doses to large muscle groups for functional reasons.
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