These days, Botox injections are becoming an increasingly common cosmetic procedure. Needless to say, it isn’t just for celebrities anymore. The technology that makes Botox possible is improving every year, and more and more people around the world are beginning to seek out the age-defying benefits of this cosmetic procedure.
If you’re considering getting Botox, there are several things you need to consider first. This article could serve as your guide to what Botox is, what you can expect from the procedure, and how long its effects should last. This way, you could decide with informed consent if it’s the right choice for you.
What Is Botox and How Does It Work?
Botox is an injectable toxin derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botox is technically a brand name that is now used as an umbrella term because it was the first brand to introduce the injectable botulinum toxin. Simply put, the toxin blocks nerve activity in your muscles.
Although introducing ‘toxins’ into your system may sound alarming, Botox injections carry no risk of botulism. In fact, Botox injections have been FDA-approved since the 1990s.
Botox is used to relax the facial muscles, effectively softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in adults. In short, Botox temporarily reverses some of the less attractive effects of aging.
When Botox is injected, it blocks nerve signals that cause your muscles to contract in certain areas. These muscle contractions are what cause the appearance of wrinkles. Without these contractions, your muscles begin to soften and relax, drastically reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
A Botox injection can be done quickly and easily, often taking mere minutes to complete injections in one targeted area. The treatment is commonly used to counter crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
Does Botox Hurt?
Pain tolerance is a common concern amongst people who are considering Botox treatment. In fact, fear of pain is one of the main reasons interested people eventually drop the idea. It makes sense, too, as people often associate needles and injections with pain.
In truth, though, Botox injections rarely hurt. You will likely feel a slight stinging sensation as it is injected onto the skin, but the needles are very small and thin, and each injection should only last for a minute or two. Most people who get the injections will experience low levels of discomfort.
If you have a particularly low pain threshold, you can always use numbing treatments such as a topical cream or ice pack before your session. In this case, you will likely feel nothing during your session.
How Long Does Botox Last?
A typical session of cosmetic Botox injections will yield effects that last anywhere between four to six months, though they typically fade at the three or four-month mark. However, this will still depend on several factors, including age, skin elasticity, and depth of wrinkles.
It’s important to remember that the effects of Botox are likely to wear off faster after your first session. This is because your muscles are not yet conditioned to respond to the botulinum toxin the first time you get the procedure. As such, you will see longer-lasting results after several treatments.
What Can I Expect After My Appointment?
After your first session of Botox, it’s normal to experience redness, tenderness, and swelling around the treated areas, but these should disappear within the first 24 hours. Some bruising can also occur, but a simple ice pack should relieve any discomfort. Bruising can last for up to two weeks but are rarely painful.
Though you can return to your normal routine immediately after receiving Botox treatment, you should wait at least 24 hours before exercising. This is because increased blood flow and muscle contractions can decrease the effectiveness of the procedure.
You should also avoid heat exposure, taking in alcohol or painkillers, and getting a massage or other salon treatments to preserve the effects of Botox. You should also avoid lying down for at least four hours after treatment. Worry not, though, as your practitioner will surely give you a detailed list of post-care practices to observe.
What’s the Ideal Age to Start Using Botox?
Although there are no hard and fast rules for when you can get your first Botox injection, there are guidelines for proper treatments. For instance, all doctors will recommend that you only start treatment after the age of eighteen.
Still, Botox is generally recommended for those in their late 20s. Though there are no age restrictions for the procedure, most lines and wrinkles don’t appear until a certain age, so early treatment is often unnecessary.
If you think Botox injections are the right option for you, get in touch with our specialists at Vigam Medical Spa and Laser. Our team of experienced experts will be glad to assist you as you take the first step towards defying signs of aging. For more information or to set up a consultation with our surgeons, call us at +971.246.5665 or schedule an appointment online.