Botox® 101: Unrevealed Facts of Botox Injections
Try as we might, aging is a fact of life—wrinkles included. While there’s nothing we can do to delay the aging process, there are measures we—you—can take to reduce the prevalence of the effects of that natural process.
One of the most popular treatment options available is Botox®, an FDA-approved non-surgical injection that is primarily used to lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Worried about wrinkles? Concerned about cost? Before you schedule an appointment, read on to learn more about the benefits of Botox injections.
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What Is Botox?
Botox is the single most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment available, with more than six million doses administered annually to people of any age—people just like you—for help managing spasms, pain, excessive sweating, and more. The most common application of Botox is for wrinkles, including frown lines, crow’s feet, and brow furrows.
The treatment is named after the substance it’s derived from Clostridium botulinum, a toxin that can be used safely for cosmetic purposes. In fact, it’s been trusted by board-certified plastic surgeons for almost two decades, with its first cosmetic treatment administered in 2002.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox injections aren’t quite magic, but they’re close! When being treated, a series of tiny injections are used to block nerve signals to and from specific muscles. These injections relax muscle groups, reducing their ability to move.
Think of it like a bicep. When you curl dumbbells, you work the bicep. When you smile, frown, or raise your brows like you just heard some particularly juicy piece of gossip, the muscles in your face flex—much like your biceps do with a curl. The more you use these muscles, the more pronounced they get. Paired with the aging process, this leads to the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox inhibits the ability to flex those muscles, thereby reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles to provide patients with a younger, smoother appearance.
It’s worth noting that Botox is not a filler treatment. Fillers restore volume loss, while Botox simply relaxes muscles. Additionally, Botox injections are not a magical replacement for skincare and won’t improve pigmentation or reduce breakouts. However, when Botox injections are paired with a healthy diet and regular skincare routine, your face will glow like it never has before.
What Should I Expect?
Ready to get started? We don’t blame you! Before you jump in, you ought to know the inherent risks and expected results of your treatment.
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment and is very safe compared to other plastic surgery options, but it is not without risk. After all, the treatment is derived from a toxin that can lead to undesired effects, paralysis, or even death if used inappropriately.
As such, it’s important to schedule your treatment with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Treatments administered by nonprofessionals could cause drooping, asymmetric results, and a host of other dangerous side effects.
Remember: The provider, not the treatment, is often the cause of negative side effects. The plastic surgery field is filled with options, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed. If you’re unsure what to look for, we can help you identify the key characteristics of a quality, trustworthy plastic surgeon.
Once you’ve found a provider you trust, you’ll head in for treatment. Once injected, you may notice results in just a few hours. Your desired appearance will likely come into view after about a week and may last three to six months. If you’re looking to maintain that appearance, regular follow-ups for additional Botox injections will be required.
Note: Immediately after your injections, you’ll notice bumps that look like little bug bites along your treatment area. These are nothing to worry about and should dissipate within 30 minutes.
How Can I Prepare For Treatment?
Now that you’re ready to make an appointment, we’ve got a few tips to help you prepare for your Botox injection:
- Work with a professional! Remember what we discussed earlier: Working with board-certified plastic surgeons will provide far better results than working with an amateur.
- Communicate! Be sure to tell your provider what kind of results you’re looking to achieve. They’ll help you prepare a plan to see those results to fruition.
- Listen! Over the course of your consultation and treatment, you’ll be given post-care instructions that should be followed to the letter. These instructions will likely tell you to avoid touching or massaging the treatment area, which could cause the Botox serum to affect other muscle groups.
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What are you waiting for? Contact Kitto Plastic Surgery today. We’ll help prepare the perfect treatment plan for your needs, and your safety is our priority. Visit us online or call 804-294-1777 to schedule your personalized consultation.