Botulinum toxin, which is more commonly known as Botox, is an FDA-approved treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is the ideal solution for anyone looking to minimize or even eliminate the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles anywhere on the face.
When administered by a medical professional, the effects of Botox are dramatic. It’s also the perfect solution for those who have a constant “angry” look, and want a more relaxed, welcoming natural expression.
What does getting Botox consist of?
Botox prevents the release of a muscle-activating neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. In short, it renders the nerves unable to contract, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and prevents fine lines from developing.
In addition, botox is most suited to wrinkles on the forehead, surrounding the eyes (tackling crow’s feet), but it’s also a popular procedure for over-developed smile lines.
The procedure for Botox is fast, and there is no down time afterward. Once we have discussed your expectations and aim for the procedure, we will often continue with the treatment within the same appointment. The area(s) will be cleaned and the Botox will be injected with extreme precision using a fine needle.
After, most people will experience no more adverse effects than some redness and soreness, and this will be discussed with you in the consultation beforehand.
What kind of results can I expect from Botox?
Some people expect to notice an immediate change in their face, but this is not often the case. You won’t typically see results for 2-4 days, and the full results will be visible 10-14 days after injection.
As for the physical appearance of your face, Botox technically doesn’t erase wrinkles as much as prevent further wrinkling from occurring. It’s preventative rather than restorative, though many people see the visible signs of wrinkles decrease significantly after a Botox treatment.
Who should not have Botox?
Medical professionals will typically advise against getting Botox if you:
- Have a severe skin condition
- Are currently taking muscle relaxants
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have an ongoing physical illness that could be worsened by having Botox
- Have a neuromuscular condition, particularly Myasthenia Gravis
- Are taking specific medications (you’ll need to inform your doctor of any medication you’re taking prior to treatment)
Is there downtime?
The aftercare required varies from person to person, but you will typically feel some discomfort following your procedure. Your practitioner should advise you of what you should and shouldn’t do after your procedure, but here are some things to do in the week after your treatment:
- Avoid rubbing your face for three days
- Relax for the rest of the day and avoid vigorous exercise
- Avoid sunbathing (that includes the sunbeds!) and the sauna for at least two days
- Go make-up free for a day or two after your treatment
- Do not take any blood-thinning medications (warfarin, aspirin, or ibuprofen) for at least six hours after your procedure – they can increase your risk of bruising.
It’s worth noting that Botox is not permanent and typically lasts for about four months.