Beauty 2 weeks ago

Botox 101 – All Your Botox Questions Answered

Botox is surrounded by a lot of speculation, questions, and misconceptions. A few months ago on my YouTube channel, I addressed my Botox and Fillers and got SO many questions about it.

While I can answer a lot of questions about my own experience with Botox, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring in the one-and-only Dr. Lancer! If you remember from this post here, Dr. Lancer is a dermatologist to the stars like Victoria Beckham, JLO, Ryan Seacrest, and many, many more!

Not only does he know a thing or two about getting red carpet ready skin, but he also has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Botox!

Let’s Talk Botox

Q: You’re generally very conservative with botox (which we appreciate about you) please explain your reasoning behind this.

A: The purpose of Botox is to effortlessly reduce expression lines, not make someone look mannequin-like. Calming fine lines and expression overload is the goal without removing a person’s ability to express him or herself.

Q: What is botox actually made of?

A: Botox comes from a botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin that is created by bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox is a name brand.

Q: For someone new to botox, what should they be looking out for?

A: In my opinion, neuromodulators should only be administered by cosmetic physicians like dermatologists and plastic surgeons as opposed to peripheral providing staff because it is technique sensitive. It’s important to confirm that you are not receiving a fraudulent or cheaper product.

Q: How does one know when it’s the right time for them to get botox? When is a safe age to consider getting botox?

A: The right time and age to get botox is when the need presents itself. Some people could benefit at age 20, while others won’t need it until age 50. It’s a matter of how bothersome the person’s static expression and frown lines are, and how much excess grooving of the forehead and eyes is present.

Q: One of our followers messaged us: “I’m 22 and getting forehead wrinkles, my aesthetician said I needed Botox but I’m unsure. Please advise.” How would you answer that?

A: As mentioned, this is a matter of personal preference and how much someone is bothered by the lines created from excess muscle movement.

Q: What are the benefits of getting botox on your jawline?

A: If it’s done precisely as to not cause a change in facial smile reflex, this procedure is used to help elevate a sagging chin line, and to define a jawline angle.

Q: Can you use Gua Sha (ancient Chinese practice that involves scraping the skin) on a filler treated face or will it displace the fillers?

A: Scraping the skin will not displace filler.

Q: How long does botox typically last?

A: Botox generally lasts between three and six months, depending on how quickly one’s muscle action generally returns.

Q: What is a general safe price range for good quality botox?

A: Neuromodulators are either priced according to unit number consumed or area treated. Per unit example for an area treatment like the forehead is generally around $500 per region, although some people require different amounts than others.

Q: Once you start getting botox, do you have to get it monthly? If you stop getting it, what happens to your face?

A: No, you don’t. Slowly everything goes back to where it was pre-toxin-exposure.

Q: How does botox affect you as you get older? Is it true that your face shifts with age?

A: As you get older, many people require less of the product being used. Yes, facial shape changes in bone structure, soft tissue muscle and fat structures, skin structure and in overall general composition.

Q: You mentioned that once you do get botox, the muscles in your face don’t work as hard as they used to because they don’t have to. Please elaborate on that if you can.

A: With enough treatments over time, you subconsciously use fewer movements of the muscles, therefore needing less toxins.

Q: Is it okay to do a facial massage after getting botox injections?

A: No, wait at least two or three days post-toxin-exposure to get a facial massage.

Q: For someone that has extra skin around their chin giving them a double chin, would you recommend botox for that if they want to get rid of it? If not, what do you suggest?

A: In some people, this is the appropriate method, although it usually requires a combination of treatments to improve excessive chin skin. For example, thread lifts, ultrasound, radiofrequency procedures.

Q: Are there facial exercises you should do post-botox to keep everything look tight or does it not matter?

A: No, these don’t make a difference.

Q: Aside from women who are pregnant, who should not receive botox?

A: Someone with a known allergy to any components of the product. 

Q: For those that have soft lines but don’t want their wrinkles to get deeper, what would you recommend?

A: I’d recommend a neuromodulator plus a radio frequency treatment.

Q: What are your favorite anti-aging products on the market right now?

Lancer Skincare Younger® Pure Youth Serum

“This product dramatically resurfaces skin improving the appearance of tone and elasticity, while helping wrinkles look less numerous and less deep.”

Lancer Legacy Youth Treatment

“This product is engineered to promote a healthy-looking complexion in five essential functions: supporting rejuvenation, recapturing skin vitality, and providing a moisture barrier, water saturation and antioxidant defense.”

So, what your thoughts around Botox now? Have they changed? Are they the same? Drop a comment down below and let us know.

Another huge thanks to Dr. Lancer!

Photography by Karla Ticas