Frequently Asked Questions in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What is Botox?

Botox is a muscle relaxer that comes in the form of a purified protein and is traditionally injected into facial muscles, causing them to relax rather than contract. Botox has been on the market for decades, and we have been successfully treating patients with Botox for many years.

How does Botox work?

Botox is injected into muscles that tense up, and these contractions are what cause the lines, or wrinkles, on our faces. Botox blocks some of the transmitters in the muscles, preventing them from contracting and essentially causing them to relax.

What does Botox help treat?

The forehead, eye areas, chin, and lip lines are the most common facial areas to be treated with Botox for lines or wrinkles. We also use Botox in the muscles in the jaw to treat patients with TMJ or to alleviate pain from grinding.

At what age should I start using Botox?

There’s no right or wrong age for Botox since everyone’s lines form differently. Usually, it depends on when the lines start to bother you. We prefer to ask: are my lines severe enough to be treated? As times are changing, it’s not uncommon today for patients in their early 30s to start using Botox. Genetic factors, collagen reduction, cellular changes, and damaged from the sun and environment influence each of us differently, affecting the timing of the formation of our lines.

Is Botox safe?

Absolutely. Botox is an FDA approved treatment for reducing or reversing wrinkles. But if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain neurological diseases, we do not recommend receiving Botox treatments.

Our Board-Certified Registered Nurse and Master Level Injector, Tonya C. Tuggle, has had more advanced training in injections than most aestheticians. The face is where she spends much of her time every day. In addition to extensive education related to the face, Tonya’s daily in-office experience ensures her proficiency in facial injections as well as her first-hand knowledge of facial-muscle function.

Does Botox hurt?

The needle that is used to inject Botox is extremely small, and its sting is minimal. The entire process is almost painless, so no anesthesia is needed, and our patients are usually awake during treatment.

When should I expect to see results?

It typically takes about 3 days to see the full results, but you maybe begin to see changes within the first day or 2. Every experience is different, and there are the rare cases in which it takes up to 2 weeks to realize the complete effects of Botox.

How long does Botox last?

The effects of Botox usually last 3-5 months, but results vary from patient to patient, so we will discuss your aesthetic goals when scheduling your next appointment. We typically recommend periodic maintenance treatments every 3-4 months.

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Registered Nurse Practitioner Tonya Tuggle, is Albuquerque’s choice for those who want to keep their youthful appearance and healthy glow. Tonya is passionate about educating patients on preventative skin care, and providing non-surgical maintenance for graceful aging. We can't wait to meet you!

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