In celebration the now widely popular treatment, here are 11 things you want to know about Botox.
1. Does botox prevent wrinkles?
Absolutely Yes. The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin. Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pin cushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.
2. What is the ideal age to start Botox?
The FDA has approved Botox for use on patients above 18 years of age.
You do not need to have visible wrinkles before you start using Botox. For those who already have visible wrinkles, they can use Botox safely over the long term.
3. Why should I start Botox before wrinkles set in?
If you currently do not have wrinkles, you can consider getting Botox done. This is because when you smile or frown, the lines you see will eventually permanently crease in your skin. If that happens you will then have to go for fillers.
4. What is the difference between Botox and fillers?
Fillers are complementary procedures – they are not the same thing as Botox and should not be thought of the same. While Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, fillers are used for static wrinkles and to enhance volume.
Botox is a medication which relaxes facial muscles. Some wrinkles on the face such as those between the eyebrows are created by facial movements. As we move our faces, lines develop and become deeper over time. Botox can be injected into the muscles causing the wrinkles. The Botox relaxes the muscles which improves the wrinkles.
Dermal facial fillers, on the other hand, are used to add volume to the skin. Some wrinkles on the face such as those from the nose to the corner of the mouth are caused by a loss of volume in the skin over time. Dermal facial fillers are injected into the skin to add volume and soften wrinkles and folds.
5. Does Botox hurt?
Botox is delivered via an injection, and it may be slightly uncomfortable. Some doctors will offer anesthesia or numbing cream to the treatment area prior to the procedure.
6. How long does Botox last?
Depending on the individual, the effect lasts between 3 to 5 months.
7. What dose of Botox do I need?
This depends on the strength of the muscle and also the skin tone. Your Doctor will be able to advise you further on this.
8. What are the side effects?
Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no different. However, they are minor and short-lived. Some patients may experience slight bruising at the administered area, and there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks
9. Will botox make me feel frozen and feel numb?
It does not affect the nerves and thus will not make you feel numb. Many people are worried that it will make them look “cold” and “unnatural”, and this usually happens only if too much Botox is injected.
This is why it is important to be treated by a certified doctor who will be able to deliver Botox professionally.