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18 questions to ask before botox treatment
Botox is used for a number of treatments, both within the field of cosmetic medicine and in the more general field of medicine as well. It was initially put on the market to help treat a number of eye disorders, including crossed eyes, uncontrollable blinking, and muscle spasms in the eyelid. In fact, Botox wasn’t officially approved by the FDA for cosmetic use until 2002. Now it is often used to treat dynamic wrinkles.
Botox is most effective in correcting lines in the upper part of the face where wrinkles appear due to contortions caused by facial expressions. More specifically, it is best for the glabellar lines (the vertical lines between the eyebrows), crow’s feet (the lines that run outward from the eyes), and forehead lines (the horizontal lines in the forehead).
Receiving Botox injections is a quick procedure that will take only a few minutes. A very fine needle will inject the Botox into the muscles. There will likely be some mild side effects in the area, such as swelling or redness that will appear temporarily. However, every patient will react differently.
Injections will feel like a small prick within the skin, though this pricking sensation will only last a short while, just like any other needle prick. It is possible that the patient will feel some discomfort around the injection site for a day or 2 after the procedure.
Results will typically take at least 3 days to start to appear, though it will usually take about 1 to 2 weeks for the full effects to appear. However, every patient will react differently to the treatment, and some areas of the face may respond quicker than others.
Once again, the duration of results will be different for every patient. When it comes to how long results last, factors such as the age and lifestyle of the individual, the injection technique used, and the area being treated will all factor in. On average, Botox lasts between 3 to 4 months.
If you are getting Botox in preparation for an event, you should schedule your injection appointment to take place at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the event. This will allow enough time for the effects of the treatment to kick in, and will allow you enough time to recover from any side effects such as bruising. You will have to book approximately 4 months ahead of the event to ensure you have enough time for a consultation appointment before you receive the injections.
Botox is most effective in patients under 65 years old, and many dermatologists recommend that the sooner you start receiving treatment, the better. Botox works great as a preventative measure to hold off lines and wrinkles from appearing. If you’d like to prevent wrinkles, receiving injections around the age of 25 is a great idea. However, so long as you’re over the age of 18, the best age to receive treatments is whenever you feel most comfortable doing so!
Once botulinum toxin, the active ingredient in Botox, enters the body, enters the body, it blocks the neurotransmitters in the muscles, essentially paralyzing the muscles in which it has been injected. Over the span of about 3 to 4 months, the body will break it down into amino acids that are then excreted through the kidneys.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 can receive Botox! However, it is not recommended for anyone who: has an allergy to botulinum toxin; has a skin infection in the injection area; has a disease that affects the muscles or nerves; or has breathing or bleeding problems.
Botox can be used in combination with other surgical and cosmetic procedures such as facelifts or eyelid surgery, or even other fillers like Juvederm or Restylane, in order to receive the best effects.
Not just anyone can administer Botox injections. They should only be injected by a licensed health-care professional or clinician and should only be given in a medical setting. You should also be looking for a skilled professional as experience is essential in getting the best results.
The first thing to check for is to ensure that you are being injected with Botox from Allergan Cosmetics. Be wary of prices that are extremely low, as this could be a sign that you are receiving a different product.
Though medical side effects are not common, there are some rare cases. These include small bumps at the site of injection, puffiness/droop under the eyebrow, headache, blurred vision, and allergic reaction. These are all temporary and should disappear within hours or a few days depending on the reaction.
There are some potential cosmetic side effects, though these can be avoided by receiving injections only from a skilled professional. These include an unnatural-looking frozen forehead/face, heavy-looking forehead, or droopy eyelids. If the eyelids are droopy, you should call your physician.
There are a number of treatment options available to patients seeking to correct signs of aging. Some options include laser skin resurfacing, or surgical procedures such as eyebrow lifts or facelifts. Botox is often the first line of defense when it comes to diminishing signs of aging.
Botox differs from fillers because it targets the underlying muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. By relaxing these muscles, the lines are softened. Fillers work by adding volume into the skin and are typically more effective for severe lines and wrinkles.
There are a lot of myths surrounding Botox injections, and we’re here to set the record straight. Many involve things that you won’t be able to do after receiving Botox, such as not being able to lie down, not being able to fly for 24 hours, and not wearing makeup. Those are all myths. Some myths that have more truth to them include not going to the gym right after injections (it could increase risk of bruising), and not taking blood thinners, or fish oil supplements for 1 week before injection (could also increase risk of bruising).
Disclaimer: These articles, and any views and opinions expressed, are not endorsed by Raskel Medical. The articles are strictly for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Raskel Medical does not check or edit the content of these articles for medical accuracy. Contact your medical practitioner for any medical advice needed.