Botox and You
Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing—basically any facial movement—can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging – wrinkles. Wrinkles can make you appear tired, or even angry, when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is with dermal fillers, and the most common dermal filler on the market is Botox. According to Medical News Today, “Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year.”
Approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox is an injectable used to treat crow’s feet, forehead line, or frown furrows and works by blocking muscular nerve signals, which, in turn weakens muscle contraction and results in a more relaxed, youthful look. By utilizing Botox injections, patients can address crow’s feet, forehead line, or frown furrows with minimal invasiveness and vastly improve their appearance.
Botox is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries around the world, and in the United States, Botox is the most common anti-aging injection on the market due to its proven results and safety. Botox injections provide great results, safely, and with little to no down time.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the benefits of Botox include:
- It’s minimally invasive.
- It’s fast – the treatment takes about 15 minutes.
- There’s no recovery time necessary after a Botox treatment, so you can resume your normal activities quickly.
- Depending on the number of treatments, Botox can be a more cost-effective option than surgery.
- The effects can last three months or more.
Who is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Botox is one of the most well-known and safe treatments for removing fine lines and wrinkles from the face. If you want to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles without surgery, you may want to consider Botox injections. Areas where Botox works best are crow’s feet, forehead lines, squint lines, and frown or marionette lines. Discussing your health history and any allergies you may have with your medical provider will help your doctor determine if Botox is right for you.
What can I expect during treatment?
A doctor usually performs Botox injections in the doctor’s office or a clinic. Your initial treatment begins with a consultation, during which time your area of concern will be evaluated, and your medical history will be reviewed. Make sure to disclose to your provider any allergies you may have or medications you are taking.
Before treatment begins, the area will be cleaned, and your doctor may use a cold pack or anesthetic cream to numb the areas to be injected. A tiny needle will be used to inject the Botox into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. The number of injections you receive will depend on the severity of your wrinkles and their location on your face. There is no recovery time with Botox injections. You can return to your normal activities right away.
Avoid rubbing the areas that were injected as it could cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to other areas of your face, causing temporary facial weakness or drooping. After treatment, you should be able to go back to your normal activities immediately; however, your provider may request that you refrain from any strenuous activity for the remainder of the day.
Friendly, courteous, timely and informative as on the first visits. The procedure was explained beforehand and was completed without issue. Definitely pleased with the service.
How much do Botox injectable treatments cost and will my insurance cover the cost?
Cost varies based on the amount of product needed to achieve optimal results and the areas of the face that are treated. Insurance providers do not typically cover cosmetic procedures.
How Soon Will I See Results After Treatment?
The results of Botox may begin to appear within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours; however, results usually become apparent within the first 3-5 days with full results typically visible after the seven to ten days.
Can Botox be Used Before Wrinkles Appear?
Botox injections can be used as a preventive measure instead of waiting for wrinkles and lines to appear. If you wait until after the signs of aging begin, it may be more difficult to smooth the skin back out. Additionally, preventive use of Botox can help train muscles not to make certain expressions, thereby lessening the number of lines and wrinkles that may appear due to the ongoing repetitive movement of the muscles.
In Your 20’s: Botox for Prevention.
Prevention refers to stopping aging before it starts. The facial muscles that cause wrinkles can be trained to move less, preventing wrinkles from etching their way into skin.
In Your 30’s: Botox to Smooth the Fine Lines that Are Beginning to Appear.
Your 30’s can be the decade you first start to see fine lines developing between your brows. Regularly receiving Botox injections every 3 to 6 months will take care of these pesky 11’s, softening them and preventing them from getting deeper.
In Your 40’s: You Look in the Mirror and Begin to See Your Mother.
Your 40’s means the appearance of crows’ feet around the eyes. More than half of facial plastic surgeons say people seek out cosmetic procedures to stay competitive in the workforce and to look as young as they feel. Botox injections every three to six month can help delete crow’s feet and keep you in the game.
How long do the effects of Botox last?
In general, the effects of Botox last from four to six months.
Will the results look natural?
Botox can enhance the way you look, and it is often used to relax the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows, allowing the two vertical lines between the brows, often referred to as the “11,” to temporarily diminish in appearance.
Will my face still have expression?
When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown, and look surprised without those lines – also known as the “11” – between your brows. Aesthetic injectable treatments such as Botox are technique-sensitive procedures, so make sure to visit a well-trained aesthetic-specialty physician for your treatment and discuss the optimal results you would like to achieve.
Is Botox Only for Women?
While it may seem that most patients who receive cosmetic procedures are women, that does not mean it is a treatment solely for women. Botox procedures have been performed on over one million men in the United States. The fast, natural results that can be achieved when injections are performed by a qualified specialist are not exclusively for women.
Are there any side effects to Botox procedures?
Following Botox treatments, some patients have reported minimal bruising around the injection site. The possibility of side effects should be discussed with your specialist. When Botox is injected correctly, any cosmetic side effects of appearing artificial, frozen, or a feeling of heaviness in the injected area is almost nonexistent.
Who Should Administer Botox Injections?
Botox injections may seem like a simple procedure to you, since it’s just a few shots, but it is both an art and science that only an experienced healthcare professional should do. As previously noted, “…there is no botulism risk when used properly.” The key fact to take away from the earlier statement is “when used properly.” Botox injections, like all cosmetic procedures, should be performed by a qualified professional.