Should I get Botox? This is probably a question you’ve been asking yourself for some time now. You’ve heard the stories and read about how popular the procedure is with celebrities and other public figures. You might have even looked at before and after photos to get an idea of what the results may look like for you. Gathering as much information as possible before contacting a Botox specialist is a sign that you are on the right track!
What Are the Benefits of Botox®?
What is Botox injection used for? Botox has a number of useful applications that aren’t limited to cosmetic and pain relief purposes. It is an FDA-approved treatment that is directly injected underneath the muscle to relax and smooth the skin surface above it. Also technically referred to as a neuromodulator, Botox is developed from a bacteria that helps to produce botulinum toxin, which blocks nerve activity to the muscles. Some interesting and effective uses for Botox include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Specific eye conditions
- Joint dysfunction disorders
- Severe underarm sweating
- Raynaud’s disease
- Facial redness
Botox is most widely used and known for its amazing anti-aging effect on wrinkles. It takes years off your face, which is the first thing people see when they meet you. With a few Botox injections, you can temporarily fight mother nature’s effect on the aging process and get back to feeling attractive again. It is a cost-friendly and non-invasive alternative to a surgical procedure. Botox is generally used to target these cosmetic challenges:
- Moderate to severe forehead lines
- Crows feet
- Frown lines
- General wrinkles
How Is the Botox Procedure Performed?
Some important points to consider:
- First – your Botox specialist should be a medical doctor, or a nurse who is under the general supervision of a doctor. They must be familiar with facial anatomy and procedures associated with injectables. Before you begin the procedure, it’s best to ensure the individual administering injectables has the credentials necessary to properly treat you.
- Second – a Botox procedure only takes a few minutes. Sometimes, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specified muscles of the face to achieve the desired effect. You can expect mild discomfort and a wait of about a week for the full effect to manifest. Before your procedure, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medications and supplements like ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Vitamin A, fish oil, flax oil, Vitamin E, Vioxx, and others for at least 2 weeks.
- Third – Botox injections typically follow a pattern of injections strategically placed in 4 to 5 main areas that include the forehead or the area around the eyes. A skilled and experienced doctor may make more injections depending on the desired results and condition of the skin. If any areas bleed after an injection, pressure may be applied to the area. To minimize bruising after the procedure, it is recommended that patients avoid aspirin-related products.
How Long Does Botox Last?
For those areas that are treated with the Botox procedure, you should see results in at least 10 days. Wrinkles do not disappear but are relaxed to decrease their appearance. Deeper lines will become less visible while finer lines will be completely unnoticeable. Over time, your muscle activity will eventually return to normal and the Botox will begin to wear off. Botox lasts anywhere from 3-6 months, with 4 months being the average.
Should I Get Botox?
Risks are very minimal with Botox procedures but they still exist. It’s important to determine whether you are a good candidate for Botox or not. Your cosmetic surgeon should be a part of this vetting process by making various assessments to determine your candidacy. Some things you should be aware of include:
- Risks – After the procedure, some patients may experience a headache, flu-like symptoms, or pain. For additional safety and risk mitigation, the FDA recently added a requirement called REMS, or Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy to address risks associated with Botox that lead to breathing, swallowing, or central nervous system issues. The evaluation is aimed at a specific population that may be at higher risk of developing these health issues as a result of higher doses of Botox injections.
- Avoid – For patients who are allergic to eggs or suffer from neurological diseases, Botox is not recommended. If you are under the age of 18, pregnant, or breastfeeding, Botox is not recommended.
Call Today for a Consult with a Botox Specialist
As an Arizona Top Doctor recipient for the past two years and highly rated botox specialist, we can answer all your questions regarding Botox procedures. We understand that a positive self-image can have a domino effect in all aspects of your life and we look forward to helping you regain back your confidence. We have a number of non-surgical options and procedures for you to consider, including:
- Hand rejuvenation
- Injectable fillers
- PRP for hair loss
- Liquid face lift and more!
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For over 20 years, we’ve been serving patients just like you looking to improve their self-image and start living again. Call us today for a virtual consultation to get started!