We are firm believers that aesthetic dermatology is a field best used to help people embrace their unique loveliness, and Botox is one of the tools we use to do that! As you read, keep in mind that everyone’s skin care needs are different and what’s best for some is not what’s best for all. Botox may be right for you, but you should speak with a professional consultant to know for sure.
Read on to discover what you should know about Botox treatments in our beginner’s guide!
What Is Botox and What Does It Do?
Let’s start where any good beginner’s guide starts: with the origins. Just as Advil is the brand name for ibuprofen, Botox is the brand name for Botulinum toxin. This main ingredient of Botox was discovered in the late 1800s but was not perfected for medical use until the 1980s. Its original use was to prevent eyelid spasms, but patients who had Botox treatments for spasms also noticed their wrinkles disappear.
Now, Botox is the most well-known wrinkle reducer on the planet and is a form of neuromodulator, which refers to any treatment that causes temporary paralysis in a muscle to reduce wrinkling and pulling on skin. In other words, Botox relaxes the facial muscles that contract to cause wrinkles and eliminates or reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Who Can Perform Botox Treatment?
Some cosmetic procedures are purely topical and can be self-applied at home. Botox is an injectable, which means you’ll need to work with professionals to receive a Botox treatment. While the rules and regulations surrounding who can inject Botox vary by state, you can rely on our injection specialists to get the job done!
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox is not a permanent procedure. In most cases, you will see the results of Botox begin to fade after around 90 days. Some patients get a little more or a little less out of their treatment, but three months is usually the average. Most people come in every few months to have their Botox treatments touched up.
Botox Safety and Risks
You will not be able to find a medical procedure in the world that is completely risk-free, but Botox is quite statistically safe. While there is the potential for bleeding, bruising, and infection, your chances of avoiding complications are much higher when you work with professional injection specialists.
One thing to remember after a Botox procedure is to avoid exercise during the first 24 hours after the procedure. Certain workouts could cause the Botox to shift from its intended area before it has time to absorb.
Now that you have a better sense of what Botox is all about, you may still not know exactly why it’s so popular. We hope we can fix that by going through some of the biggest benefits of Botox treatments.
Natural Beauty Enhancer
We’ve all seen people who may use a little too much Botox—while it’s possible to overdo anything, there is a sweet spot that allows Botox to work for you to enhance your natural beauty. Everything we do here at Skin by Lovely revolves around the inherent beauty in all of us—we want to accentuate that, not cover it up!
When you use Botox in moderation, it’s a perfect anti-aging tool. It can have a massive impact on the appearance of wrinkles and lines, which can go a long way to helping improve your self-confidence. You’re beautiful with or without Botox—these treatments can simply make it a little easier for you to see it!
One of the least fun parts of any procedure is, well, getting the procedure! When you’re stuck in a chair or on a bed for hours on end, it can make you question whether it was worth it in the first place. Luckily, Botox won’t cause you to raise those questions because the treatment is quick.
When you come in and work with our Botox specialists, you can expect to be done with the procedure in a matter of minutes.
Improves Other Health Conditions
Botox has other effects that extend past the aesthetic. For instance, you may be surprised to learn that Botox can drastically reduce pain from TMJ and other muscle soreness. Because Botox is a muscle relaxant, you may notice less pain after your Botox treatment.
Just as procedure length can (reasonably) deter people from seeking certain treatments, it’s not a good feeling to need to wait weeks to see results. With Botox, you’ll notice the difference almost instantly. In most cases, you should see significant results within four days of your procedure, and you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of those results for approximately three months.
Aside from avoiding exercise for 24 hours, you don’t need to worry about downtime that interrupts your life—you can go about your day as normal!
Luxury skin products and surgical procedures are anything but cheap. However, Botox is one of the most affordable options out there, thanks to how popular it is! Aside from the actual cost of treatments, Botox can also save you money on other skin care procedures. Without Botox, you may find yourself shelling out cash left and right for wrinkle relaxants and facial surgery when all it takes is a simple Botox procedure.
We believe that everyone is unique, and with that uniqueness comes customizable care. Some people want to treat the areas around their eyes while others want to focus on their mouths—we’re here to help you with the areas you want to change!
If you’re interested in learning more now that you’ve read this beginner’s guide to Botox treatments, the team here at Skin by Lovely is happy to help! It’s natural to have questions about any procedure, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your skin, so make an appointment to find out if Botox treatments are right for you.
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