Botox injections are a relatively new cosmetic procedure. Although most people have heard about Botox used as a beauty treatment, many are surprised to hear that it was only approved for that use by the FDA in 2002. That said, these treatments have since rocketed into the mainstream consciousness because of their popularity among celebrities and tastemakers. But for someone who’s not so comfortable with the idea of getting injections in their face, the question of how much Botox is needed for forehead treatments often comes up. In this article we’ll go over the specifics of these kinds of treatments.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is an injectable toxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles in the face. It’s used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and creases in the skin. Botox is approved for use on the forehead, the space between the eyes and, most recently, around the outside corners of the eyes. It has since become the most commonly used non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the US.
How Much Botox Is Needed for Forehead Treatments?
Botox injections are measured in “units.” A single unit is 0.1 ml of Botox and there are usually 10 units of Botox in a single syringe. To reduce the appearance of horizontal lines on the forehead, 20 to 30 units of Botox are usually used. For the vertical lines between the eyes, also known as “11s” or “glabellar lines” another 20 units may be used. For “crow’s feet” or lines radiating outwards from the outside edges of the eyes, 5 to 10 units may be used on each side. It’s important to remember that these are averages and every person is different. Age, sex and severity of the wrinkles will all affect the actual number of units used for each treatment. Personal consultation is required for an exact dosage to be determined.
How Long Do Botox Treatments Last?
Generally speaking, Botox treatments should last about four months. However, if it’s your first time receiving Botox injections, your practitioner will likely use fewer units to begin with. This will allow them to see the individual effect they have on you. A follow up appointment in a week or few will give them a better idea of how your body reacts to the injections and how long they will last.