Fairfax Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Fairfax, VA

Botox® is the world’s leading nonsurgical cosmetic treatment for temporarily reducing the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Residents of Fairfax, Virginia, have an invaluable resource in Dr. Sandra Fearrington, MD, of Fairfax Plastic Surgery. Dr. Fearrington has extensive experience with Botox and other injectables and the artistic eye needed to create beautiful results. Schedule your visit today over the phone or online to see what Botox can do for you.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable medication used to temporarily smooth the appearance of horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines, which are the parentheses-shaped furrows between the brows. Botox has been in use for medical applications for more than 50 years and has been a popular cosmetic treatment for more than 15 years.

The formulation behind Botox comes from Clostridium botulinum, a substance naturally present in lakes, forests, and soil. In certain concentrations this substance is deadly, but the volume used in aesthetic applications is perfectly safe.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by temporarily impeding the ability of treated muscle fibers to go through their full range of motion. That means your muscles will still allow your face to move naturally when you speak or express emotion, but those muscles won’t be strong enough to tug and pull your skin into folds, lines, and wrinkles.

The result is smoother skin with less visible wrinkling. You’ll appear more youthful and well-rested but without a dramatically stretched or “frozen” facial appearance.

In the early days of Botox, many practitioners used too much product or placed the injections in the wrong areas. That left some with an unnatural appearance and a clear indication that they’d “had something done” to their face.

Working with a skilled and experienced specialist like Dr. Fearrington ensures that the proper volume of Botox is administered in the exact area where treatment is most effective. Friends and coworkers will notice you look more relaxed and rejuvenated, but the results never appear unnatural.

How long do Botox results last?

Treatments take less than 10 minutes and require no advance preparation or downtime. You’ll begin to see the effects within a few days. You can expect those effects to last approximately four months.

As the effects wear off, you’ll notice a gradual deepening of lines and folds. At that point, you can decide if you’d like to schedule another treatment to extend your results. Many men and women are so happy with their results that they incorporate Botox into their ongoing aesthetic routine.

Schedule an appointment today to give Botox a try and to learn more about the other injectable treatments that can help you look your best. You can book online in just moments, or call to check appointment availability.