Q: What is the difference between Botox and fillers?
A: Botox/Xeomin: Botulinum is used to weaken muscles and minimize lines caused by facial expressions. Both are injected directly into the muscle. The most common locations for treatment include frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines. Results are gradual and seeing the full effects can take up to 2 weeks.
Traditional Fillers: These are soft substances, liquids or gels which are injected into the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, define and plump lips and volumize cheeks. They work by filling out the space below the wrinkles, replacing lost fat. These non-surgical treatments are tailored to your needs and results can be seen instantly.
Q: What should I do (or not do) before my treatment?
A: Avoid using aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), as these may increase the chance of bruising. Take remedies known to decrease bruising and swelling such as arnica montana. Tell us if you have a history of cold sores, so we can prescribe Valtrex in advance to minimize recurrence.
Q: What should I expect during a treatment session?
A: Dr. Furgurson will answer any questions you may have and we will prepare you for your treatment. Photos will be taken as this helps Dr. Furgurson objectively decide which treatment is best for you. We will clean your face, apply numbing cream and ice the area where Dr. Furgurson will be injecting. Small amounts of product will be strategically injected using a small needle and firm pressure is applied to the injection site to reduce the chance of bruising.
Q: Do botox/filler injections hurt?
A: As with any injection, botox and filler injections may hurt. Dr. Furgurson uses advanced techniques to minimize any discomfort you may experience.
Q: What should I do (or not do) after my treatment?
A: Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities right after the treatment. Dr. Furgurson advises against getting facial massages or laying face down in a massage chair for at least 24hrs after treatment as this may displace the product injected.
*You may apply cold compresses to the treatment sites to reduce swelling and bruising.
*We suggest taking Arnica Montana pills to prevent bruising.
*** Note that any bumps or marks from the needle sticks will go away within a few hours. If you do develop a bruise it will resolve like any other bruise. There is occasionally some mild pain, swelling, itching, or redness at the site of injection similar to most other injections.
Q: How many treatments are required?
A: Generally, significant enhancements are achieved after first treatment. Sometimes, a touch-up may be needed to perfect the results.
Q: How long should I expect my treatment to last?
A: The results from injecting Botox and fillers are temporary. Depending on the area injected, Botox® and Xeomin® typically lasts approximately 3-6 months and depending on the filler injected, results may last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
Q: What are possible side effects of botox/fillers?
A: The most common side effect is bruising. Other side effects are extremely rare and include allergic reactions, rash, itching, headache, neck or back pain, muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weakness, injection site reactions (muscle weakness, bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling), fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose,0 flu symptoms, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and drooping of the eyelid. Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Side Effects of fillers:
Any soft tissue filler can cause long-term side effects, permanent side effects, or both. However, most side effects associated with soft tissue fillers happen shortly after injection and most go away in less than two weeks. Swelling, pain and bruising may last a month or more. In some cases side effects may appear weeks, months or years after injection. Let Dr. Furgurson know if you experience any of these side effects.
Side Effects of Latisse:
The most common side effects after using LATISSE® are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur close to where LATISSE® is applied. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and/or redness of the eyelids. Increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye is a rare but permanent side effect. If you experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions, particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions, you should immediately seek your physician’s advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.
Q: How do I know which products or procedures are right for me?
A: Dr. Furgurson will help you determine which products are right for you and the goals you would like to achieve. Consultations are free so schedule yours with Dr. Furgurson today!