If you don’t already know what Botox is, it’s the revolutionary prescription medication that improves moderate to severe frown lines, forehead furrows, smoker’s lines, and crow’s feet.
Botox is a great alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures. Why? Because it’s quick, painless, and seldom causes side effects.
We’re here to give you the lowdown on how Botox works, who’s the best candidate, what you can expect during a Botox treatment, and, most importantly, how you can make your Botox results last longer.
But How Does Botox Work Exactly?
Botox sometimes sounds scary, but it isn’t. Botox is just a neurotoxin that works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.
Part of Botox’s amazing ability to turn back the clock is due to the fact that it effectively and instantly treats dynamic wrinkles.
What are dynamic wrinkles? They’re wrinkles that appear when you’re moving your face, like when you frown. Dermabrasion and chemical peels can’t treat dynamic wrinkles because they’re unable to relax the muscles that cause those wrinkles to appear. And Botox has an added advantage: Compared to dermabrasion and chemical peels, there’s no downtime associated with Botox. Both dermabrasion and chemical peels require up to ten days of recovery time. Botox offers true cosmetic convenience, allowing you to continue with your active lifestyle!
Can Botox Work on Everyone?
The answer? Pretty much! Botox has been proven safe for most people, especially those who wish to eliminate dynamic wrinkles. Botox works best on younger patients and is recommended for people between the ages of 18 and 70. Older folks should consult with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure that their skin tone is elastic enough to respond to treatment.
Of course, Botox can’t work wonders on everyone. People who might not benefit from Botox treatments include those with weakened facial muscles, allergies to bovine products, and who are taking antibiotics or blood thinners. Botox also might not be as effective on people with non-dynamic wrinkles, such as those wrinkles caused by gravity, skin infections, or sun damage.
Side effects from Botox are relatively rare, but as with any cosmetic procedure, they can still happen. The most common side effect of Botox injections is temporary bruising, followed by headaches lasting up to 48 hours. Eyelid drooping can also occur and usually subsides within three weeks. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who suffer from neurological disorders can’t undergo Botox injections.
What Will You Experience During a Botox Treatment?
The most common question asked before a Botox experience is: “What will I experience during the actual Botox treatment?” You’ll have to take certain precautions before undergoing a Botox treatment. Ten days before receiving Botox injections, you’ll be asked to refrain from taking products that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E – doing so will significantly reduce the chance of bruising following treatment.
But don’t let these precautions scare you. The best part about undergoing Botox is that it’s quick and painless. You’ll generally receive a consultation beforehand to determine the best treatment for your needs. And when you do undergo treatment, a topical numbing gel will be applied fifteen minutes prior. Six to eight injections will be administered into the underlying muscles. Most people say that the injections feel similar to getting vaccinated – that is, they feel only a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the injection site. A few hours afterward, the injection site may look red and feel irritated.
Immediately following the injections, you’ll be required to contract the treated muscles. Your physician will ask you to frown, raise your eyebrows and smile, and pucker your lips. It sounds silly, but this helps to evenly distribute the Botox throughout the injection site. Your physician will also tell you to refrain from exercising, bending over, lying down, or rubbing the area for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. This ensures that the Botox settles in the right place and doesn’t migrate elsewhere. Failure to do so can potentially result in facial paralysis and eyelid drooping.
How Long Does Botox Last & How To Make It Last Longer
Botox results typically last four to six months, but there’s a lot you can do to ensure your Botox results last longer. Here are some expert tips:
- Choose the right doctor. If you pick a doctor who’s inexperienced at administering Botox, your Botox results aren’t going to last as long as they should. In fact, there have been some cases where Botox has only lasted three months because it wasn’t properly injected. But, if you choose a doctor who’s reputable and experienced, your Botox results can last even longer than six months.
- Avoid applying any kind of masks, scrubs, toners, and abrasive cleansers for at least a week after receiving Botox injections. Doing so can disrupt the Botox in your face.
- Get Botox treatments regularly. If you have Botox sessions at regular intervals, then your muscles will become weaker over time. This means that Botox’s effects will last longer.
- That being said, you don’t want to have Botox treatments too frequently. Why? Because there’s a chance your muscles will become resistant to Botox. You’ll want to space your treatments at least 12 weeks apart. Remember that if you have particularly strong muscles, you’ll most likely need a higher dose of Botox.
- Avoid the sun. You’ll want to avoid sun exposure on the day of Botox treatment. Why? Because sun exposure boosts blood circulation, causing blood vessels to dilate, potentially dispersing Botox faster than normal. So make sure to wear a sunscreen with an SPF 30+.
- Try Zytaze. Zytaze is a prescription medication that might actually prolong the effects of Botox. Made from zinc, Zytaze reportedly makes Botox work faster and last a little bit longer, but you’ll want to start taking it a few days before your Botox injections.
- Studies suggest that moving the muscles you just had injected may actually help Botox last longer. So don’t be afraid to make weird faces. But, as always, make sure to ask your doctor first.
Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to the early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve, until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to retreat.
When used early on in the aging process, Botox not only treats wrinkles but also prevents new wrinkles from forming. Botox is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set in and reduces the onset of wrinkles before they become moderate or severe. By combining a Botox regimen with good skincare, sunscreen, and a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent most wrinkles from getting worse and prevent new ones from forming.
Botox works wonders. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your free, no-obligation Botox consultation at LaserAway.
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