BOTOX® Specialist

MoodSpa

Aesthetic Specialist located in West End, Washington, DC

The crinkles in your eyes and the indentations around your smile may make your facial expressions more genuine and endearing. But if the crow’s feet and nasolabial folds don’t serve you, you can fill them in with quick, easy BOTOX® injections. Mahmoud H. Mustafa, MD, FACP can help you eliminate those wrinkles during your lunch break at his Washington, D.C. practice. If you’d like to explore Botox, contact MoodSpa online or over the phone to set up an appointment.

BOTOX® Q & A

MoodSpa

What is BOTOX®?

Botox is an injectable toxin that paralyzes the facial muscles that cause creases. The substance used in Botox injections comes from a purified form of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which causes food poisoning.

Since repeated muscle contractions lead to wrinkles, paralyzing those same muscles leads to a smoother appearance. Many men and women use Botox to make the lines on their faceless prominent or keep them from worsening. Common treatment areas include the:

  • Eyes
  • Forehead
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Mouth
  • Brows

Is Botox safe?

Botox is one of the oldest, most widely used cosmetic and medical treatments. As such, its safety and effectiveness have been proven over and over for decades.

Even though it's derived from a toxin, Botox doesn’t cause botulism in its minimal, purified, highly targeted injectable form. The best way to ensure the toxin doesn’t travel to other parts of the body is to have it administered by a well-practiced doctor like Dr. Mustafa and to avoid rubbing the treatment area.

In capable hands, Botox carries only minor possible side effects, such as temporary pain and swelling at the injection site. Botox can also cause asymmetrical results such as drooping eyelids or a crooked smile if the muscles on one side of the face respond but not the other. These side effects should subside within a few days, giving way to your results in three to seven days.

What considerations should I make before getting Botox treatments?

Botox is an elective aesthetic procedure, so it’s up to you and your doctor to determine whether Botox is right for you. Some of the factors you might discuss with your doctor include:

  • The treating doctor’s qualifications, experience, and past results
  • How long the results last
  • Benefits of the treatment versus the risks
  • Any health considerations, such as medications and pregnancy status
  • The cost to reach your desired goal
  • Comparison to treatment alternatives

How long do Botox treatments last?

A single injection of Botox can last up to six months or longer for people with younger, more resilient skin. If you get multiple Botox treatments, your facial muscles may start to relax on their own, reducing the appearance of your wrinkles for longer.

If you want to try Botox for yourself, call the front desk, or click “book now” to schedule your initial consultation.