Millions of people the world over receive botox every year, making botox treatments the most popular injectables in the world. When you hear the word “botox,” cosmetic purposes are the first thing that come to mind, particularly when it comes to rejuvenating skin to reveal a more youthful yet still natural look.
But despite botox’s popularity, many people are still confused about what it is and what it does.
So, if you’re considering getting your first injection of botox but have plenty of questions, read on and learn more about how this injectable can help you get the results you want.
What is Botox?
Botox is actually a brand name for a neuromodulator or neurotoxin. Short for “botulinum toxin A” (the active ingredient in each injection of botox), this neuromodulator blocks the nerve signals to the muscles so that they won’t contract as much.
Dynamic fine lines and wrinkles form because the skin gets creased from years and years of making facial expressions like smiling, frowning, and furrowing your brows. Patients receive botox to relax the underlying facial muscles responsible for these expressions, thus smoothing the resulting lines and wrinkles.
Which wrinkles can I treat with botox?
Botox is best for dynamic wrinkles, otherwise known as the ones that show up when you move your face. These include:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Bunny lines
What is the procedure like?
First, Dr. Julie will conduct a thorough consultation where you’ll discuss your medical history as well your concerns and goals. Afterwards, she will develop a personalized treatment plan, particularly where to inject and also the appropriate amount of botox. Cosmetic purposes are usually the chief concern of most patients, so Dr. Julie will also assess your skin beforehand.
During the actual procedure, the treated areas will be cleansed, and then the botox treatments will be administered with a fine needle.
How long does the treatment take? Does it hurt?
Getting an injection of botox only takes minutes! As for the pain, most patients report feeling only mild discomfort at worst, though some patients may opt for a numbing cream beforehand.
When can we see results? How long do they last?
It usually takes about 5-7 days before the muscle-relaxing effects kick in, but you’ll need to come back for a follow-up appointment after two weeks to see if you’ll need more botox. Cosmetic effects, on the other hand, typically last 3-4 months, depending on how fast your body metabolizes the neurotoxin.
How much downtime is needed?
There’s no downtime, but there are a few do’s and don’ts for patients who receive botox.
What should I do or avoid after botox injections?
You can go back to your regular routine after getting botox, but it’s best to avoid the following activities to prevent certain complications:
- Lying down, especially within the first four hours after the injection.
- Scratching or picking at the treated area
- Rigorous exercise within the first 24 hours
At what age can I start getting botox?
Botox injections are approved for patients who are at least 18 years and older. However, some patients get botox during their mid to late 20’s or even during their early 30’s as a preventative measure.
How many treatments are needed?
Touch-ups are recommended every 3-4 months to maintain results, but this can vary from patient to patient.
What are the expected side effects?
Botox is generally a safe procedure, so side effects are minimal, if any. There might be some redness or bruising afterwards, but these usually subside not long after.
For best results, you should only get botox from a qualified and experienced injector.
Dr. Julie Ferrauiola is equipped with both expertise in aesthetics and an artistic eye. She has developed countless personalized treatment plans that have produced beautiful, natural-looking results for many satisfied patients in Englewood, NJ.
Schedule a consultation today to get started.