As we get older dynamic wrinkles begin to slowly creep up on us hindering us from looking and feeling our best. Smile, laugh, and frown lines can occur as a result of aging, sun-damage, or adverse lifestyle habits such as smoking. Fortunately, we no longer have to undergo surgical procedures with lengthy recovery times to restore a more youthful appearance.
Botox® is a minimally-invasive FDA-approved injectable filler that’s gained popularity among many men and women. There’s no downtime, scars, or complications associated with the procedure. Botox® is done in a quick in-office visit, and you can be in and out during your lunch hour if necessary.
One of the first questions new patients ask is ‘How many units will I need?’ Well, that depends on a number of factors including the severity of your condition, the treatment area, and the strength of your muscles. Men for example, typically have stronger underlying muscles requiring more units of Botox®.
While there’s no number set in stone for every patient, you can expect to need anywhere from 8-20 units for forehead lines. Around the eyes may require multiple injection sites and more units of Botox® (12-24). Fine lines and wrinkles around the corners of the mouth can be corrected in as little as 3-6 units.
Results from Botox® are not immediate. It can take upwards of 4-7 days for the injectable to fully take effect. You’ll notice wrinkles and folds gradually begin to fade away during this time. Botox® treatments last about 3-4 months. Secondary treatments often require fewer units and can last slightly longer.
The only way to know how many units of Botox® you’ll need is through an in-person consultation with a skilled injector such as Dr. Tenley Lawton. She’ll perform a full facial evaluation before recommending a proper dosage for an optimal outcome. Dr. Lawton will also talk to you about specials on your desired treatment that may minimize the cost.
Would you like to learn more about Botox® Cosmetics? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.