About Botox®

Are you beginning to notice pesky lines on your forehead and around your eyes? If so, it may be time for a Botox® appointment! Botox® is an injectable neurotoxin that contains botulinum toxin type A. It works by temporarily blocking nurse impulses to certain muscles, causing them to relax. This smooths the look of dynamic wrinkles, or those that form due to repeated facial movements. 

Botox® can be used to address the following:

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines or glabellar lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • A cobblestoned appearance to the chin
  • A square jawline
  • A gummy smile

Who is a Candidate?

Men and women 18 years and older who wish to smooth lines on their upper face for a more relaxed, youthful appearance can often benefit from Botox® injections. While Botox® can benefit many individuals, you should not receive this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox®, or have a history of severe allergies. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation at our office today.


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The Botox® Treatment

Botox® is a non-surgical treatment and is completed during an office visit. Before your treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Willis to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. 

To begin treatment, you will be offered a topical numbing cream which can help to make sure you are comfortable during the injection. Next, your injector will mark the areas to be treated, and Botox® will be injected using a small needle. Treatment is generally quick, taking about 15-30 minutes to complete depending on the amount of correction desired. 


There is no downtime needed following Botox®, so you can return to your normal activities right away. However, we do recommend avoiding strenuous activity, exercise, and consuming alcohol for 12-24 hours after treatment for the best results. Mild swelling, bruising, and redness are the most common side effects which will resolve with time.

Results will become noticeable after 3-7 days after your initial treatment and can last for 3-6 months. 

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If you are ready to take the first step toward a more youthful-looking you, contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA today. We will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Willis to discuss your treatment options and goals.

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Can Botox age you?

Botox can slow the aging process of the skin by limiting dynamic movement of the skin and therefore preventing the formation of wrinkles. It does not speed up the aging process.

Can Botox cause weight gain?

Botox has not been shown to cause weight gain.

Can Botox lift eyebrows?

Subtle Botox placement by a trained professional can lift the lateral eyebrows. This is called a chemical brow lift.

Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?

Botox does not make you look older as it wears off. You may perceive that you look older because the muscles of the forehead will start moving again and might cause the wrinkles that you treated in the first place.

Does Botox make you shiny?

Botox does not make you shiny. Shiny skin can be caused by excessive micro needling, chemical peels, etc. The shiny skin comes from changing the quantity and type of collagen in your skin. Botox just prevents muscles from contracting in your upper face, so unless you are very animated in your brows or furrows, people should not notice that you had botox.

How long does Botox last?

Botox can last, on average, from 3 to 6 months depending on the person and the amount injected.

Is 50 too old for Botox?

There is no upper age limit for Botox. If you notice wrinkles between your brows or forehead, then Botox can help. Keep in mind that Botox might make your brows feel heavier, and in older patients with lower set eyebrows and/or excess upper eyelid skin, this can be exacerbated.

What age should I start Botox?

There is no set age to start Botox. Botox is a great way to prevent wrinkles before they permanently change the skin. If you think you may be ready for Botox, consult your health professional.

What are the bad side effects of Botox?

There are no major bad side effects of Botox. You may have an allergic reaction to the Botox, but this is extremely rare. If injected improperly, it may make your upper eyelid droop temporarily. This is not to be confused with a heavy feeling eyebrow.

What do I need to know before getting botox?

Botox is really safe and typically does not need any prep by you, as the patient. Ask your healthcare professional about the risks of Botox at your initial consultation.

What is Botox used for?

Botox is used for many cosmetic and medical purposes. Botox paralyzes muscles, so can by used for medical conditions ranging from fissures to migraines. Most commonly, it is used for cosmetic purposes to prevent and/or correct upper face wrinkles.

Can I go for a walk after Botox?

You can perform light exercise after Botox.

Can I have wine after Botox?

You can have wine after Botox. Alcohol can thin the blood, so heavy drinking prior to your Botox injections can increase your risk of bruising. Alcohol after injections should have minimal to no influence on your bruising.

Should I move my face after Botox?

You can move your face as you normally would after Botox. You do not need to do anything different with your facial muscles after Botox injections.

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