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Important Questions To Ask Before Getting Botox® in Rochester

Once you begin to become bothered by lines and wrinkles on your face, and you make the decision to treat them, it can be difficult to know exactly what treatment you need, how often you should get it, what it will cost, and where you should go. 

The team at Envision Aesthetics has years of experience and training in administering Botox® and other neurotoxins like Dysport® & Xeomin®, dermal fillers, and other aesthetic treatments to help patients across the Rochester area treat fine lines, wrinkles, and smooth their skin to look years younger! 

Keep reading for our advice for the most important questions to ask – both yourself and your provider – before getting Botox injections in Rochester.

Questions to Ask Yourself before Getting Botox in Rochester

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Am I a good candidate for Botox?

In general, healthy adult men and women between the ages of 30 to 50 who are seeking a temporary solution to wrinkles, with no downtime, are fantastic candidates for Botox injections. 

Botox is an amazing way to temporarily reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, marionette lines, laugh lines, frown lines, and more. Plus, if you are not happy with the results, the effects will wear off after a few months and your appearance will go back to the way it was prior to injection. 

If you’re scared of needles, allergic to Botox or the metal in the needles, or pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant soon, you should seek other treatments, or at least consider waiting to have Botox in Rochester. 

What do I hope to get out of Botox injections?

Setting realistic expectations will help you get the most out of your Botox in Rochester. Get in front of the mirror and make a mental priority list of what lines and wrinkles are bothering you the most. Then make sure to clearly express this to our physician injector to ensure your priorities are ours.

Botox (and other neuromodulators like Dysport and Xeomin) are most commonly injected into the forehead, between the eyebrows, in the corners of the eyes, around the nose, and in the sides of the chin to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles formed by your everyday facial expressions.

Botox is not designed to make you look physically different, nor will it enhance your features as fillers can, but rather provides a fresher, smoother, and more youthful version of you. 

If you are over the age of 50 or are after a longer term solution to wrinkles and lines, we may recommend other aesthetic treatments like HALO® laser, Forever Young BBL™, or microneedling + PRP along with your Botox injections to achieve your desired results.

Do I fully understand the difference between Botox and fillers?

Botox is a neurotoxin injection, designed to temporarily relax muscles that form expression lines and wrinkles. Check back to your priority list. Are the lines and wrinkles you want to treat caused by facial expressions like smiling, frowning, or squinting? If so, Botox in Rochester may be an excellent option!

Like we mentioned earlier, fillers are most appropriate for enhancing features like lips and providing volume to cheeks. Additionally, if you have bothersome lines or wrinkles that are deeper set, and not caused by expressions, you may consider asking about adding dermal fillers to your appointment for Botox in Rochester!

More about the difference between Botox & fillers

Am I too young for Botox?

This is an extremely popular question we get at Envision Aesthetics. Since everyone’s skin is unique and ages differently, there is no set age that you should begin getting Botox injections. 

We typically find, however, that Botox is most effective when we can relax muscles before the expression lines can even form or right when they begin to appear. These expression wrinkles, lines, and folds can be most effectively prevented with Botox in Rochester between ages  25 and 30.

Am I committed to getting regular Botox injections?

Botox is a temporary treatment for expression lines and wrinkles. This means that after the effects of the neurotoxin wear off, the muscles will be free to fully contract again and continue to create wrinkles. 

Since you were unable to form any new wrinkles for a few months, you will still look great for several months after the effects of your Botox injections completely wear off. However, if you want to maintain your smooth complexion over a long period of time, you will have to consider more injections.

Most patients are happy with the results of their Botox for 3 to 6 months before returning to Envision for another round of injections to maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free complexion.

Is now the right time to get Botox?

Many choose to get Botox before a big event, like their wedding day. However, in order to achieve the look you want when you want it, it is important to time the injections precisely.

The effects of Botox are not immediate. Results are typically seen 2 to 3 days after and last for 4 months, on average. Some patients experience light bruising and swelling after their injections. Make sure you tell your physician injector your timeline and motivations for having the treatment. This way, we can guide you on exactly when you should schedule your appointment for your Botox injections. 

One last thing: Botox is ineffective at treating the wrinkles and lines caused by photoaging, or exposure to UV radiation. The injected product also diminishes quicker when exposed to direct sunlight. So do not abandon your daily SPF 30+ routine before, during, or after your Botox treatments! This may be a consideration when deciding the best time of year to have Botox.

How do I find the right Botox provider?

If you have never had Botox or other aesthetic treatments performed, it can be difficult to know where to go and feel confident that you are in experienced hands. Keep reading to learn all the questions you should ask any provider before receiving Botox in Rochester.

Questions to Ask Your Aesthetician or Nurse Injector before Botox in Rochester

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What are your qualifications?

This should be the first question you ask at any Botox consultation. If a provider cannot readily supply their licensing information, tell you about their ongoing education protocols, and show before/after photos, you should run far away and proceed to contact the Envision Aesthetics team! 

Envision Aesthetics is overseen and operated by Dr. Katherine Whipple, a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist. She has also completed an accredited Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship and specializes in the intimate anatomy of the face and eyes.

Dr. Whipple’s technique varies from the standard “cookbook” patterns taught at basic injectables courses. By observing each person’s facial animation, she can place Botox to improve aesthetic facial proportions, soften lines, and give a natural, undetectable result.

When you turn to Envision Aesthetics for your Botox in Rochester, you can rest assured knowing you are in extremely practiced hands.

Are there any Botox side effects to be concerned about? Does Botox hurt?

Everyone reacts differently to facial injections like Botox, but it is important to know that there are no significant risks or pain associated with Botox. Additionally, negative side effects are very rare and usually occur at the hands of underqualified or inexperienced providers. 

Though you can go back to your normal routine right after your Botox in Rochester, and patients report feeling minimal discomfort during the injections, we recommend planning your appointment at a time that you can go home and lie down for a few hours afterwards in case you experience redness or swelling.

What are the results of Botox? How long do Botox results last?

If you still are not quite sure what to expect, don’t forget to ask your Envision specialist to share their expert knowledge and opinions! We perform hundreds of Botox injections in Rochester each month for men and women of all ages and skin types, and we can help set realistic expectations.

On average, your Botox in Rochester will last 3 to 6 months. Everyone’s body will metabolize the injections at a different rate. However, many patients find that after about 12 weeks, they notice about 50% of normal movement return to the treated area(s) and by 16 weeks, 80% of normal movement is back. When this happens, you should consider making your next Botox appointment.

Depending on which area(s) you’d like to treat (brows, forehead, nose, or mouth), we will help you understand the anticipated results based on your current wrinkles, age, lifestyle, and skin type. 

Will my Botox look natural?

Pay attention to your provider’s before and after patient photos. Do the results he or she creates look too subtle, too obvious, or just right? Do their patients achieve results you’d like to emulate? If your philosophy and goals don’t match at the outset, it’s likely you will not be satisfied with your Botox results.

The key to natural-looking Botox is taking a conservative treatment approach. You want to relax your facial muscles, not reduce their ability to contract altogether. Overuse of Botox can make you appear frozen or expressionless. 

Lucky for you, the Envision injectors are experienced in helping our patients achieve their best look, while still appearing just like themselves and without anyone guessing that they’ve “had work done.”

How much does Botox in Rochester cost?

Make sure you are aware of exactly what you will be spending by the end of your Botox consultation. 

The cost of your Botox in Rochester at Envision Aesthetics is largely dependent on how much product we are injecting and where we are injecting it, along with how deep your wrinkles and facial folds are. 

Botox is administered by the “unit” and sold in syringes of 100 units. At your initial (free) consultation with us, we will provide you with an exact number of syringes you will need to purchase to achieve the final look you are after.

Read more about how much Botox or filler you’ll need

Have all your other questions answered when you come to Envision Aesthetics for Botox in Rochester!


If you are struggling with fighting the signs of aging and you’d like to address your concerns, come see us today. We can help!

We offer a range of services, including Botox in Rochester, that can help you achieve a softer, more youthful complexion. 

Use our virtual consultation tool to learn about which of our treatments might be best for your concerns, or schedule an appointment at Envision Aesthetics today.