Whether you are a Botox regular or just scheduling your first treatment, you have most likely asked yourself questions like: What is Botox made of? How does it work? While many of us may be somewhat familiar with this treatment, there is an important component that we may be less familiar with, which is how Botox is mixed before being injected. This is often done outside the treatment room and typically goes unseen by the patient, but the mixing process is a key factor in achieving a great result as well as a more comfortable experience for the patient.
Botox is a Neurotoxin that must be diluted with a saline solution before being injected into the muscles, temporarily improving the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. The diluting or “mixing” process is done by the injector and can be performed in slightly differing ways, depending on the preference of the provider. The results of Botox are known to be highly effective and last between 3-4 months, but the quality and result of this treatment can be influenced by how it is mixed and administered, making it important to seek out a quality provider with their own refined strategies.
Botox At Utah Facial Plastics
At Utah Facial Plastics and UFP Aesthetics, our mission is to achieve the best possible outcome by providing safe and effective treatments. To provide the best experience possible, our injectors follow advanced protocols when mixing and administering Botox, most often using a dissolving solution called bacteriostatic saline. This mixture is thought to be less painful when injected as well as successful in achieving a long-lasting result. Our injectors use one of the smallest needles available (33 gauge) to inject Botox, which is another effective component in achieving a more comfortable treatment and minimal trauma to the skin.
As far as how much saline solution is used to dilute Botox, our providers typically use a 2 to 1 ratio, or 2 cc, and see this to be ideal in terms of efficiency and spread. Though it is certainly possible to achieve a desirable result by using a higher volume of saline (some providers use up to 4cc) there can be a higher potential of swelling or unequal distribution if not properly administered by the injector.
Choosing A Botox Injector
Our team of providers are made up of advanced nurse injectors and board-certified plastic surgeons who strive to provide the highest quality of treatment and safety for our patients. When considering Botox or any injectable treatment, it is most important to choose a quality provider. Our injectors are credentialed and trained under our facial plastics surgeons, and this is what makes UFP different than your typical med spa. They receive continued education and training throughout the year to keep up with the latest education and trends. You can easily book a Botox consultation or learn more about what Botox can do for you by visiting our website at www.utahfacialplastics.com or call 801-960-3137.