What Is Botox?

Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment used to reduce facial wrinkles, lines, and creases to create smoother, more youthful-looking skin. In some cases, Botox can also be used to treat medical conditions like migraines, hyperhidrosis, and eye problems.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is an injectable substance containing the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A. This neurotoxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, blocks the facial muscles from communicating with the nerves. As a result, the muscles cannot contract, which causes the skin to become smoother, greatly reducing facial lines and wrinkles in the process.

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Benefits of Botox

Botox treatment can offer patients some or all of the following benefits:

  • Smoother, more youthful skin
  • Reduced wrinkles, lines, creases, and folds
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Quick results
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Alleviates certain medical conditions

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

If you’re interested in Botox treatment, your first step will be a quick consultation with one of our expert providers at SVIA Medspa. During the meeting, they’ll discuss the treatment with you, answer any questions you have, and ask you about your specific aesthetic goals. They’ll also ask about your medical history, allergies, and medications.

Botox treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, and it can be done right at our medical spa. First, your injection specialist will apply a topical anesthetic to the target area. Then, using a very fine needle, they will inject the Botox into your skin. In total, the procedure only takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and you can head home as soon as it’s finished.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

There is no recovery downtime necessary after undergoing Botox in Los Gatos & San Mateo; you should be able to resume your normal routine immediately. However, you will need to avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment area for several days.

Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Adults interested in revitalizing their skin may be good candidates for Botox in Los Gatos & San Mateo. You could be an ideal candidate if you meet the following requirements:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Have a desire to be rid of wrinkles and other signs of aging skin
  • Have realistic expectations for the treatment
  • Have no history of severe allergic reactions
  • Have no allergies to any of the ingredients in Botox
  • Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be free of neuromuscular conditions
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Are There Any Side Effects?

Some patients have experienced certain side effects after receiving Botox treatment, but most of them are minor. The most common side effects include:

  • Injection site pain, swelling, or bruising
  • Headaches
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Watery or dry eyes
  • Infection

In very rare cases, the neurotoxin in Botox can spread to other areas of the body. This can result in a serious condition called botulism. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately:

  • Vision problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of bladder control
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How Long Will It Take To See Results After Botox Treatment?

Most patients start to see the results of Botox treatment after one to three days, but it can take up to two weeks for the complete effects to be visible. Typically, the results of Botox will last for three to four months before they start to fade.

How Much Does BOTOX Cost?

The cost of BOTOX injections varies depending on several factors, such as:

  • The number of units used
  • Treatment sites
  • The type of medical professional giving the injections

The average cost of a BOTOX injection procedure was around $408 to $466 in 2020-2023, ranging from $100 to $2,800 per treatment. However, the cost can be higher depending on the duration of the results and the complementary therapies included. It's important to note that health insurance typically doesn't cover BOTOX for aesthetic reasons.

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Why Choose SVIA Medspa for Botox Treatment?

At SVIA Medspa, we provide a peaceful, welcoming environment for our patients and work hard to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. Our skilled practitioners and aestheticians work closely with each patient to ensure that they receive the wonderful, natural-looking results they desire. If you’d like to learn more about what we at SVIA Medspa can do for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


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